50th anniversary of the Florence Flood

Comitato Firenze 2016

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, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]