FLORENCE, ITALY – Italian Firefighters and other rescue teams have been working since Tuesday August 14, 2018, to search for survivors among towering slabs of concrete wreckage after a bridge on the A10 motorway linking Genoa to France gave way sending dozens of vehicles crashing onto a a railway, two warehouses and a river.
The victims are actually 38 according to the Italian authorities, but 10-20 people are still missing. The causes of the collapse are still unknown, but no external event has caused it. The prevailing hypothesis is a structural failure in a bridge, built in the 60s, which was under maintenance for many years.
The Morandi viaduct, named after the engineer who built it, is currently flying over the Bravo helicopter of the Italian Fire Brigade, who are still engaged with the dog units in the recovery operations.
Lega Serie A has postponed Sampdoria vs Fiorentina and Milan vs Genoa following the Morandi Bridge disaster in Genoa on Tuesday. The matches will be rescheduled in due course.
FLORENCE, ITALY – The town council of San Gimignano on Tuesday launched a crowdfunding scheme to pay to repair part of its walls which collapsed last week.
The scheme has been set up after the Tuscany regional government said it was prevented by stability pact rules from funding the repair at the Town of Fine Towers, a UNESCO world heritage site.
San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls, form an unforgettable skyline.
Within the walls, the well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches.
The Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant’ Agostino contain frescos, including cycles dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.
The town also is known for saffron, the Golden Ham, and its white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Florence Chamber of Commerce have concluded a cooperation agreement to enable the PCA to make use of the Chamber’s facilities in Florence for arbitration hearings.