George Washington revived

Alexandra Lawrence
July 10, 2008

Florence celebrated U.S. Independence Day with the restoration of one of America's champions of independence-George Washington.


The bust of the American forefather, located in Piazzale Kennedy in the Cascine Park, had been losing bits of its nose for some time. According to architecture students at the Scuola Professionale Edile di Firenze, who helped restore the statue, it had fallen into a state of decadence. Thanks to the Tuscan-USA Association, restorative efforts have given new life, and a new face, to one of America's most illustrious statesmen.


The celebration, held on July 5, was followed by a traditional July Fourth barbeque and festival complete with live music, dancing, hamburgers, watermelon and more.

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