Category: 1966 Florence Flood

Articles about the terrible 1966 Florence Flood, which sunk the city under meters of muddy water.

October 30, 2016
1966 Florence FloodCULTURE

Florence flood exhibitions in New York and Washington

Forty-year old American artist and teacher Joe Blaustein was in Florence on November 4, 1966 when the Arno submerged the city. With his camera in tow he decided to document what was happening in real time.     Among the very few colour photos of the 1966 Florence flood, the images are now on show […]
October 29, 2016
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Ugo Gherardi on the 1966 Florence flood

The city was still sleeping, the fancy shops of via de’ Tornabuoni were still closed and the lungarno still remained free from curious tourists. Walking along lungarno Acciaiuoli on my way to interview Ugo Gherardi, it is hard to imagine that the total destruction that occurred 50 years ago on November 4, 1966, the quiet […]
October 10, 2016
1966 Florence FloodNEWS

Florence welcomes Mud Angels: events and organization

If you were a “Mud Angel”, you can expect a special welcome back to Florence for the 50th anniversary of the 1966 flood.   Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau has set up a website to provide discounted hotel reservations and restaurants, from November 2 to 6, 2016, to those who helped the city in its […]
December 3, 2015
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The Mud Angel series: Diana Daffner

A student in Florence when the flood hit, Diana Daffner (formerly Weinberg) shares her experiences of looking down from her Arno-side apartment as the water rose and ravaged the Ponte Vecchio, leaving a torrent of fango behind.      Diana’s photos from 1966: Nov 5 (left) and September of the same year   Maggie Ryan: […]
November 5, 2015
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The Mud Angel series: Jo-Ann Mooy

In commemoration of the 1966 flood, The Florentine is interviewing the city’s Mud Angels, the individuals who responded to the disaster, tirelessly retrieving muddied manuscripts and soiled artworks, knee-deep in the oily aftermath. Mud Angel Jo-Ann Mooy recently returned to Florence for the first time since 1966 to celebrate her 70th birthday in the city […]
April 11, 2013
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The Mud Angel Series: Sylvia Behrman

One does not often meet a Mud Angel, the many foreign students and Italians who came to Florence to help dig out the city, as well as salvage books, manuscripts and works of art, after Florence’s devastating flood of November 1966. Although some still live here, most are
November 5, 2009
1966 Florence FloodNEWS

Celebrating the mud angels

A new documentary offers a detailed look at Florence's flood of 1966 and the work of the Mud Angels who saved so many of the city's treasures from ruin. Directed by journalist Erasmo D'Angelis, who is also president of the Tuscan Region's Territorial and Environment Commission,