The Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (National Central Library of Florence) is one of the symbolic places of the 1966 flood. Thousands of people from all over the world, the famous Mud Angels, came to Florence to recover manuscripts and rare books, securing them from the damage caused by the water. In its archives there are approximately 3,500 photographs that bear witness to what happened on those tragic days, now digitalized and catalogued for the 50th anniversary of the occasion.

To promote the heritage recovered and make it accessible to the public, “augmented reality” tours have been introduced at the Library, making use of tablets/smartphones and which allows visitors to see images immortalized in photos at the exact same point where they were taken.

With the “Arno66-TimeTravel” App you can walk around Florence as if you were back in 1966.

Lastly, the BNCF Virtual Tour enables visitors to relive the days of the flood by wearing a VR visor, like in a video game, choosing where to go and in what situation to “immerse” yourself. The tours lasts for 1 hour and is open to the public upon reservation only. Call 334/6606716 (until 25 November, 10am–1pm and 2-5pm, Monday to Saturday) or by email to



– 4 November: at 10:30am and 4pm

– The weekend of 5 and 6 November: at 10am, 12 noon, 3pm and 5pm

– From 7 to 26 November (except Sundays): from Monday to Friday at 10:30am and 4pm, Saturday at 11:30am


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Project created as part of the Programma Sensi Contemporanei per la Toscana