11 thoughts on “1966 flood in Florence, Italy

  1. Lillian Bumstead

    Although the disaster was unfortunate it was very interesting to see a video from that era, no sound just footage. I had the chance to visit Florence about eleven years ago. Watching the footage brought me back there, even though it was 35 years after the flood. I was amazd to see how not much had been changed in those years. Of course there are new advertisements put up in places but the bones are still the same. I always think it looks so strange to see modern advertisements and graffiti alongside such beautiful historical buildings.

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  2. Elizabeth Edelen

    I visited Florence this summer, so seeing this video came as quite the shell shock! I audibly gasped when the camera turned the corner to reveal the Baptistery, because I walked down that very street and turned that very corner. It was so bizarre to compare the contrast in scenery.

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  3. Sarah Adams

    I agree with Lillian and Elizabeth. It’s so interesting but so shocking. The last major flood I remember hearing about was in Japan and I was in horror watching it- probably due to the fact that it was a present day tragedy. Europe fascinates me and I would love to visit the country one day. I see pictures of Florence and it is so beautiful. It amazes me that a huge flood caused damage to this pretty place because I never would have guessed. I cannot wait to see what it looks like in person and now I have a different perspective.

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  4. Catherine Alexander

    I went to Florence a few years ago, and you would never know something that catastrophic had happened. I can’t image the work it took to restore everything. Florence is a bit like heaven if you ask me. ~Catherine

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  5. Niketa Hurteau

    It really is so devastating and unfortunate how all of these beautiful, famous structures and art forms get demolished by natural disasters like floods and earthquakes. However, it’s always so admiring and uplifting to see it be restored and appear flawless despite all of the damages the flood caused. Florence, today, is still such a gorgeous city with breathtaking scenery and historical landmarks. It’s very hard to believe it ever went through such a catastrophic event.

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  6. Jessica Rolaf

    After watching the video, I can’t help but think how unbelievable it is all the damage that was done and the efforts made to restore the city of Florence. For the city to have all of its famous structures and architecture restored and appear as perfect as it does now after this horrible natural disaster is just astonishing. One would never think the city would have this much of a remarkable return after the flood.

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  7. Holly Bliss

    It was very interesting to see the architecture we learned about in class, but it really makes you realize how precarious everything is. Works of art that were installed on the lower levels of buildings, bronze doors and statues below water-level, and even the architecture that was irreplaceable. Things made of stone and metal can still erode in those quick moving waters. I’m sure tons of priceless works were lost because of that flood. Very sad.

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  8. Rebekah Funkhouser

    I have been Florence so this video was shocking. Florence is a vibrant city with a mass amount of culture. I fell in love with the city. Although it was so long ago the city still looks similar today. It’s sad that so many precious art works were lost as a result of the flood. The statues, doors and buildings were lost or suffered damage. It is interesting to think back to Pompeii where the natural disaster preserved the art.

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  9. Kayla

    Although I have never been lucky enough to go to Florence, I am pretty sure it’s gorgeous. It is sad how quickly all of those works of art were destroyed. All of the paintings and statues and parts of buildings, gone in a matter or second. Even the ones that suffered only damage will crumble much faster because water damage is seemingly fatal. The video was jarring though but enlightening.

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  10. Rachel Ewalt

    The video had an … interesting choice of music to go along with the video. The city is filling with dirty water ad there is a jaunty little tune. This video either gives me an appreciation of how much art has survived over the years despite all the natural and manmade destructive forces. Or it give me an appreciation of the sheer amount of art people have produced that so much has survived, especially in Italy. It has been stressed a few times I class that people have been living in Italy for thousands of years, ad this class began by looking at the creativity of people before we even started writing. It’s incredible.

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  11. Brooke Coleman

    While it is interesting to see all the art that can survive a catastrophe as big as this, it is sad to think of all the art possible destroyed in natural disasters like this. It was really fascinating to be able to watch the footage from this time period in Italy too!

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