The Florence is heavily affected by rampant tagging. The official tourism board has a page dedicated to historic graffito, but for obvious reasons, there is not mention of the current plague that affects the many of the city walls. The Travelers Notebook touched upon Florence's graffiti issue in June '09 article, Florence Defaced By Graffiti, Declared Ugly and Depressing.
Outside the Accedemia, look for the block-plus long scrawled massages by those waiting in line for the David and other works. In the barely populated off-season street, I didn’t understand why so much graffiti lined the walls until I noticed a simple message “4 hour.”
Being neither fluent in Italian nor of Florentine opinion, its impossible to know the local sentiment. I heard from a local that the new, young mayor is working on the task. As a visitor who was only in the city a few days, I can only imagine what those who live with this daily.
Greetings from Baden, Ontario Stencil Graffiti - Florence, Italy, originally uploaded by Mr. Kimberly.