The Arno: a year in photos

Melinda Gallo captures the Arno River all year round: from crisp January to deep-heat August to the sparkling lights of December.


Montblanc restores flood-damaged books

For the fiftieth anniversary of the Florence flood, the German luxury accessories company Montblanc has financed the restoration of three old books damaged in 1966, in collaboration with the city’s ...


The National Central Library: after the flood

When Italian president Giuseppe Saragat arrived at Florence’s National Central Library in the wake of the 1966 flood, it is reported that the Biblioteca’s director Emanuele Casamassima did not mince ...


Vasari’s Last Supper returns to Santa Croce

    In Santa Croce facts, chronicles and history become monuments in their own right. This is especially true for the Florentine floods, recollections of unexpected past events, which remain ...


Cimabue’s world tour

As soon as the 1966 flood is mentioned, most Florentines recall the mud-covered streets, the tired smiles of the young Mud Angels and the wounded works of art carried away ...


The benches of piazza Santa Maria Novella

Halina finished her shift at Signora Ludovisi’s at 5pm. In ten minutes she had combed her long curly red hair and put it up into a ponytail, brushed her teeth ...


Commemorative events for the 1966 flood: highlights

SIDE BY SIDE/Arno, from source to mouthUntil November 30Palazzo Medici Riccardi, via Cavour 4, Florence Take an illuminating ride down the river: Palazzo Medici Riccardi will display photographs of points ...


Flood risk in Florence, Italy

What has been done in the last fifty years to minimize the risk of flooding in Florence?


Memories of the 1966 Florence flood

Florence today is a vastly different experience from my first visit 50 years ago. I arrived by train, from Rome, on Sunday, November 6, 1966, two days after the city’s ...


Florence flood exhibitions in New York and Washington

Forty-year old American artist and teacher Joe Blaustein was in Florence on November 4, 1966 when the Arno submerged the city. With his camera in tow he decided to document ...


Ugo Gherardi on the 1966 Florence flood

The city was still sleeping, the fancy shops of via de’ Tornabuoni were still closed and the lungarno still remained free from curious tourists. Walking along lungarno Acciaiuoli on my ...


Florence welcomes Mud Angels: events and organization

If you were a “Mud Angel”, you can expect a special welcome back to Florence for the 50th anniversary of the 1966 flood.   Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau has ...


Lungarno Torrigiani secure by November

Unlikely to reopen ahead of 1966 flood commemorations


The Mud Angel series: Diana Daffner

A student in Florence when the flood hit, Diana Daffner (formerly Weinberg) shares her experiences of looking down from her Arno-side apartment as the water rose and ravaged the Ponte ...


The Mud Angel series: Jo-Ann Mooy

In commemoration of the 1966 flood, The Florentine is interviewing the city’s Mud Angels, the individuals who responded to the disaster, tirelessly retrieving muddied manuscripts and soiled artworks, knee-deep in ...


The Mud Angel Series: Sylvia Behrman

One does not often meet a Mud Angel, the many foreign students and Italians who came to Florence to help dig out the city, as well as salvage books, manuscripts and works of art, after Florence’s devastating flood of November 1966. Although some still live here, most are