Mr. Kafri takes out a pocket book from the desk and hands it to the American. “This is the JK guide to Florence, written by Claudio Meli, Manager of the Florence JK Place. Take it with you, you will find all the most essential maps and addresses to really familiarise yourself with the spirit of this city.”
In two steps they are outside on the terrace, nestled amidst the geometrics of the rooftops and the vast silhouette of the dome of Santa Maria Del Fiore.
“Do you believe in coincidences? I do. I came here with my family in ‘95 for a farewell dinner, before moving to America.", Mr. Kafri says.
"It was a bustling Chinese restaurant, later it was abandoned. When we bought it the building was derelict and very few people frequented the square. But we didn’t let that stop us. I was 23 or 24, and I had this ambition to change the hotelier’s profession starting from something very simple: a return to the roots of real hospitality which a good host reserves for his guests.”
Walking back down the staircase, Mr. Kafri guides his guest towards the breakfast room, which is now empty. “What is the most important thing of this new way of being a hotelier for you?” “The manner of course. It’s not just about what you give, but how you offer it. At JK Place, nothing is more important than sincere intentions.”
“Well if we met today, Mr. Kafri, then coincidences exist for me, too”. The American walks out into the silent square. The River Arno will open up in front of him.