50th anniversary of the Florence Flood

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Florence wasn’t the only city to see the flood. Some left Viareggio with rafts in tow

In the blink of an eye, there are those who swear that still today they can see that small green Fiat loaded with bread. Someone called it the giardiniera, but [...]

The 1966 flood and the indelible trauma of memory

Every time someone mentions the Arno and the great flood, new memories always resurface in someone. Each one of those fragments of life is so priceless that they are worthy [...]

Angels almost by chance. In the mud, the library, the hospitals

After the first night, no one stayed by themselves. No one. And no one has ever fully described the fatigue, the effort, the hours spent in the mud or the [...]

“When the mud swallowed dad’s Lambretta”

“We were there to help,” writes Giuseppe. His surname is Alighieri, just like Dante. And as well as also being from Florence, he also shares a language with the great [...]

Memories of the flood? Post them on Facebook

There are memories that you never forget, which not even time can erase or take away. Recollections which for some reason remain there, etched in memory, despite the fact they’ve [...]

Climate change and knowing the risks

It’s widely accepted that Italy is a fragile country and Tuscany is no exception. This is what the experts say, and it’s reiterated by scientists and researchers. But what would [...]

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, [...]