Florence, the 1966 flood

Tour Number

Activity Level

386446


Categories

Youth and Family, Museums / Culture, City

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

Italian (fluent), German (fluent), English (fluent)

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.

Itinerary

Basilica of Santa Croce, National Library, Ponte Vecchio, Duomo

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: At the hotel of the clients if centrally located

End location: To be agreed with the clients

Duration: 3 hours

Transportation

This is a walking tour

What’s Included

Other: The tour includes English speaking guiding for the three hours

Estimated Local Cash Needed

8 Euros - per person admission to Santa Croce

What’s Extra

Other: Entrance fees to museum/churches or meals.

Restrictions

I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

Private tour guide Elisabetta

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