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the video of the week : 36 hours in Florence (by NYT)

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This video of The New York Times is not new, but it is always very interesting and certainly still valid and useful for the next one hundred years …..

 

the authors of the video are Alexandra Garcia and Will Lloyd.

The complete article of Ingrid K.Williams 

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Ribollita’s recipe in 90 seconds … try to believe !

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After speaking so much about ribollita we made a video, which in 90 seconds explains how you can make your personal ribollita ….
try to believe !

 

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The 1966 flood in Florence: the “Mud Angels”

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(second part)

THE MUD

Now, after so much water and destruction, here comes all the mud,so much mud that no one could have anticipated the size and severity of the aftermath for a city like Florence, so rich in masterpieces and invaluable works of art.

The day after

The day after: The Cathedral

But it was exactly this global awareness of what had happened and was still happening to the world’s artistic and cultural legacy that started a rush to help what was later to be defined as a phenomenon of the “Mud Angels”.

The flood was the first episode in Italy that underlined the absolute lack of an efficient body for the civil protection. In fact, in this critical situation the first official helps arrived six days after the beginning of the catastrophe;

The day after: downtown

The day after: downtown

six days isolated from the world without electricity, no heating, no phone and with the difficulty of procuring food.

THE MUD ANGELS

Realizing the immense wealth and importance of Florentine culture in a global context, many individuals and organizations contributed to the conservation mission, providing both funding and manpower Continua a leggere

The 1966 flood in Florence: the water

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The 1966 Flood of the Arno River in Florence killed 101 people 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.

THE 1966 FLOOD IN FLORENCE: The Ponte Vecchio

With the combined effort of Italian citizens and foreign donors and committees, or angeli del fango (“Mud Angels”), many of these fine works have been restored.

Part 1: The water

“On November 4, 1966, in Florence the Arno river swollen with dark, muddy waters, spilled over sweeping away everything in its way. When the waters subsided, only destruction enveloped the city.”

In truth, this extraordinary, tragic event has no witness; it was still dark when on the morning of November 4, 1966, the Arno River violently flooded the streets of the city.Unlike now, there were no cameras, smartphones or technical devices to capture this tragic, unique event. The only pictures available are amateurish and often very low quality; nonetheless they can still convey how dramatic this event has been, for Florence and for the world.

THE 1966 FLOOD IN FLORENCE :The Baptister

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Emilio Pucci, a Florentine on the moon

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Emilio Pucci is not only one of the pioneers of last century’s fashion and the man who gave his name to the fashion house that now from Florence proposes and sells his creations around the world, but also an extraordinary character, who has left an indelible mark in the history of aeronautics space.

Today few people know, that NASA chose him to design the logo of the lunar mission Apollo XV of 1971.

Emilio Pucci and Apollo XV

Emilio Pucci and Apollo XV

The decision, which gave Emilio Pucci worldwide (and lunar…..) notoriety was not accidental or exclusively related to his already clearly established creative ability, but also represented a tribute to the great aviator that he was, to the point of earning several medals for bravery in World War II. Continua a leggere

Will be a hell …… in Florence

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This is not the first, not will it be the last, film shot in Florence, but never before has there been such agonizing anticipation of a film version (or digital ?) of Dan Brown’s latest work, “Inferno” which is set right in Florence.

Tom Hanks, Dan Brown and Ron Howard

Tom Hanks, Dan Brown and Ron Howard

The team is the same as previous movies The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons based on the novels of Dan Brown and the character of Robert Langdon : Ron Howard, Tom Hanks and Dan Brown of course.

Inferno takes place after the previous Langdon  films and picks up with the symbology guru, when he wakes up one morning in a hospital in Florence. Langdon (again played by Tom Hanks), having no memory of the past few days, must once again put his mystery-solving abilities to the task, in order to determine how a brilliant, but terrible, criminal plot is connected to Dante’s “Inferno”.

The poster of Dan Brown's Inferno

The poster of Dan Brown’s Inferno

Ron Howard is in the city these days to cast the hundreds of extras and to survey the city’s main attractions where the film will be shot, in order to resolve and anticipate any logistical issues and evaluate the best shots.

The Boboli’s Gardens , Palazzo Vecchio, Vasari Corridor, Baptistry of San Giovanni, The Duomo Cathedral are the places where the story takes place, while the Michelangelo’s David, Beatrice Portinari, Botticelli, Cosimo de’Medici and the Dante’s death mask are the other references which is spoken in the book.

A real commercial for Florence; and in fact have been invented  specialized tours to explore the city through the story of Dan Brown or applications for smartphones with the same objective

Ron Howard around Florence (pic by iltirreno.it)

Ron Howard around Florence (pic by iltirreno.it)

It is a different way of learning about a city, but in this case it’s a very comprehensive one, and, for those who have read the book, much more fun.

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Basilica of Santa Croce: awaiting Dante Alighieri

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THE SQUARE:

The square of Santa Croce

The square of Santa Croce

This is a historical square, dating to Medieval times, where the people held their meetings; even today the square is the hearth of the ancient and characteristic Santa Croce district, where the traditional football game in costume is played.

The square is however dominate by the Basilica of Santa Croce.

Dante Alighieri and the Basilica

Dante Alighieri and the Basilica

THE BASILICA:

The Basilica of Santa Croce is the Franciscans’ principal church in Florence and is said to have been founded by St Francis himself; in truth it was probably begun seventy years after Francis’s death, in 1294, possibly by the architect of the Duomo, Arnolfo di Cambio.

The Basilica in B&W

The Basilica in B&W

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