50th anniversary of the Florence Flood

Bosco degli Svizzeri

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 [...]

From Bellinzona to the Mugello, memory travels on the commuter train

Being overly precise about the number of quotes and stories recalling the Bosco degli Svizzeri is of little importance, especially for two reasons. The first: for 40 years, this story [...]

Football beyond the flood and that 4-2 with neither winners nor losers

Behind every story told in the last 100 years, there’s always a football field somewhere in it. There’s always that sport that, according to Pierpaolo Pasolini, is “the last sacred [...]

Even in the Bosco degli Svizzeri, the Angels read Mickey Mouse

“It’s alive. The memory is alive just as it was then. If I think about, I get bordoni even today…” Maria Grazia Maiani is just Grazia to everyone. Her first [...]

This is the “century of wood”. Here’s why.

Galileo Galilei’s telescope was made from wood, as were Leonardo da Vinci’s machines and Columbus’s sailing ships. Cathedrals, bridges, houses were all made of wood. For many years, wood was [...]

The memory of the wood conserved in a shoe box

Never again. Whatever happens, there will never be a shoe box placed carefully in some corner of the house. It is of little importance if it’s a bookshelf or a [...]

Bosco degli Svizzeri, anti-seismic schools made from wood thanks to a handful of seeds

For some, time is only a unit of measurement. For others, it’s a perspective. Responding to Alice, who in Wonderland asks, “How long is forever?” the White Rabbit answers, “Sometimes, [...]