President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, was greeted with applause on the Lungarno Torrigiani in Florence, reopened on November 4th after the street caved in on May 25th of this year. Mattarella appeared on the Lungarno opposite the Uffizi Gallery, together with Mayor Dario Nardella and the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Dario Franceschini.

Mattarella greeted the people in attendance and shook hands and conversed with the labourers who worked on the site for 5 months non-stop. “He thanked us for our work.” said one of the labourers who met with the President. Following the ceremony, the President of the Republic left for the Palazzo Vecchio, where he partook in the ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the flood.

“The real news of the renovation of the Lungarno Torrigiani is that the work was completed in the expected time frame, very well done, but above all, through absolutely customary procedures,” said Nicola Casagli, professor at the University of Florence who monitored the recovery efforts. “The basic fact is that unlike in the past, this time the work was completed without needing to enact a plan of emergency, accessing special channels, and or forgoing active regulations to guarantee a rapid and efficient renovation;” he underlined, “everything was done according to normal practices for this type of work.