50th anniversary of the Florence Flood

Monthly Archives: January 2018

The 1966 flood in the lost memories of the children

The beauty of children is all there, in the pureness of their souls and the idealistic hope that grows in their hearts. They are too often subject to the rhetoric [...]

On why art (barely) recounted the great flood

A train taken hastily at the Santa Maria Novella station. And it’s off, heading to Pisa. It’s raining when the train departs, sure, but also when it arrives. Umbrellas collide, [...]

The flood in colour in the photos of a random tourist (blessed by the pope)

“Something’s wrong. The lights in the bathroom won’t turn on and the toilet is gurgling,” she said to her husband, her voice still sleepy. A simple sentence, almost minimal. That [...]

When the toys of the children killed in the landslide came to Florence

An unprecedented, but almost invisible tragedy led to one of the most extraordinary gestures of international solidarity. This is a true story, moving, pure, dramatic. It’s also a distant story, [...]

Bosco degli Svizzeri, the mystery of an idea conceived of far from Zurich is revealed (in part)

There are stories with almost fairy tale-like aspects, stories that have no ending, stories that don’t end with that traditional sentence we usually read to children just before they fall [...]

Trees planted by children to protect the territory

Planting a tree means growing hope. It’s a simple and ancient gesture that contains a symbolic value even more fruitful than the fruits that will one day be picked from [...]