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 [...]

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 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 [...]

Kaspar, the Wood Angel that lives in Tuscany, amidst ceramics and memories

“When I returned to Grezzano, I met people that seemed familiar to me. I was sure I had seen them before. Then I realized they were probably the children of [...]

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 [...]

Susan Glasspool, from Cornwall to Florence for art, history and mud

by Susan Glasspool   I come from Cornwall and, after having studied at the Falmouth School of Art and then completing my studies at Slade School, University College of London, [...]