As we ventured out our first day, we noticed a couple of gnomes pouring wine on the sidewalk near our hotel. Yes…. gnomes, cute little bronze characters which brought a smile to our lips. Little did we know, this was just the beginning as we later came across another one! And then more!
It soon became an obsession for us to keep an eye out for them and even seek them out. What fun it added to our walks around the historic center. We also had just as much fun watching the reactions of other tourists when they came across them!
Over the years, each of the little bronze gnomes has been sponsored by a business and has usually been placed in front of their office. The company commissions a local artist to sculpt them a character. In most cases, the gnome’s identity is related to the business.