Santa Croce, National Central Library, Ponte Vecchio and Cathedral square
The 1966 flood in Florence caused many victims and damaged or destroyed millions of masterpieces of art and rare books. It is considered the worst flood in the city's history since 1557. With the combined effort of Italian and foreign volunteers alike, or angeli del fango ("Mud Angels"), many of these fine works have been restored. New methods in conservation were devised and restoration laboratories established.
We will visit the book restoration lab, speak with an expert and find out that book conservation was invented in Florence as an aftermath of a tragic event. We will visit the basilica that suffered the most during this event, Santa Croce where Cimabue's Crucifix is preserved; severely damaged and one of the first masterpieces to be restored. We'll walk to the nearby National Central Library.
From there walk over to Ponte Vecchio to get a closer look at the Arno river and then to the Cathedral square where some impressive shots were taken.
Basilica of Santa Croce, National Library, Ponte Vecchio, Duomo
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 3 hours
This is a walking tour
Estimated Local Cash Needed
8 Euros - per person admission to Santa Croce
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.