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Firenze. Ricordo l'alluvione

Bruno Santi

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Firenze Ricordo l’alluvione

by Bruno Santi

paperback with flaps
150 × 210 mm, 48 pp.
42 illustrations

isbn 978-88-7461-319-9 Italian

Images from the flood that on November 4th, 1966 brought Florence to its knees were particularly widespread and gave a precise idea of the city’s condition. The photograph taken from Piazzale Michelagelo showed buildings resembling islands in the middle of a muddy, yellow lagoon; the view of Piazza Santa Croce captured the spectacle of overturned cars, demolished benches and sludge covering its pavement. Furthermore, the piazzale of the Uffizi was rendered a virtual swimming lane, the embankments along the Arno were consumed by water, and Ponte Vecchio was destroyed by tree trunks. It’s undeniable that these incredibly striking images have overpowered words and writing. However, what remains in the mind has even more significance and it is essential that we clarify the meaning and value of these images. The sounds, the smells, the fatigue, and the broader picture showing what cameras and film did not capture, have become individual legacies and bring experiences, once thought lost and destined to the archives of memory, to the surface. Bruno Santi returns with memories of the flood and allows us to go back to a time of anxiety, physical fatigue, unquestionable distress, personal and shared ordeals, and the occasional positive experience.

The author gives us a touching and elaborate memory of those anguished and troubled days, and of those who helped to revive the city, providing a model for a town that has often been devastated by similar calamities.