Category: 1966 Florence Flood

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

November 24, 2016
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The Arno: a year in photos

Melinda Gallo captures the Arno River all year round: from crisp January to deep-heat August to the sparkling lights of December.
November 7, 2016
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Per Firenze

To start an article entitled ‘Per Firenze’ by conjuring a chat on a Roman porch is just a step up from heresy in Florence, so true-blue fiorentini may well be inclined to burn this article straight away, in the very spot that saw the end of Savonarola. In my defense, the porch in question delimited […]
November 6, 2016
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Montblanc restores flood-damaged books

For the fiftieth anniversary of the Florence flood, the German luxury accessories company Montblanc has financed the restoration of three old books damaged in 1966, in collaboration with the city’s National Central Library.     The printed works include the second volume of the third edition of Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences by Diderot […]
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The National Central Library, 50 years after the flood

When Italian president Giuseppe Saragat arrived at Florence’s National Central Library in the wake of the 1966 flood, it is reported that the Biblioteca’s director Emanuele Casamassima did not mince his words: “President, please let us get on with the job.”     More than one million books, periodicals and journals were damaged on November […]
November 3, 2016
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Vasari’s Last Supper returns to Santa Croce

    In Santa Croce facts, chronicles and history become monuments in their own right. This is especially true for the Florentine floods, recollections of unexpected past events, which remain marked in the stones of this great temple of memory. Efforts to prevent the effects of the moody Arno River are as old as Santa […]
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Cimabue’s world tour

As soon as the 1966 flood is mentioned, most Florentines recall the mud-covered streets, the tired smiles of the young Mud Angels and the wounded works of art carried away from the churches and museums. Then there is Cimabue’s Crucifix. Two days after the flood (by then it was November 6) the volunteers finally gained […]
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The benches of piazza Santa Maria Novella

Halina finished her shift at Signora Ludovisi’s at 5pm. In ten minutes she had combed her long curly red hair and put it up into a ponytail, brushed her teeth and changed her top. She walked quickly down the steps of the palazzo that, with the exception of Signora Ludovisi and Signor Bisconti, only housed […]
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Commemorative events for the 1966 flood: highlights

SIDE BY SIDE/Arno, from source to mouthUntil November 30Palazzo Medici Riccardi, via Cavour 4, Florence Take an illuminating ride down the river: Palazzo Medici Riccardi will display photographs of points along the Arno, highlighting what certain areas looked like in 1966 compared to their current appearances. The images illustrate what’s been done to combat hydrogeological […]
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Flood risk in Florence, Italy

What has been done in the last fifty years to minimize the risk of flooding in Florence?
November 2, 2016
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Memories of the 1966 Florence flood

Florence today is a vastly different experience from my first visit 50 years ago. I arrived by train, from Rome, on Sunday, November 6, 1966, two days after the city’s most severe floods. The rampaging flood waters were gone, but puddles were still brimming. The muddy oil-laced water from the Arno had saturated everything up […]