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Florence-born Hollywood poster designer Campeggi dies

Hollywood poster designer and painter Silvano Campeggi, one of the most important graphic artists in the history of American cinema, has died at the age of 95.

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The Sant'Orsola complex in Florence

The future of Sant’Orsola is still a mystery (video from the drone)

Sant’Orsola will be restructured? This immense area, in the historic district of San Lorenzo in Florence, has long been stolen from the city but in the coming years it should be reborn to new life.

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Ponte Vecchio in Florence

American tourist writes on Ponte Vecchio

An American tourist wrote a message in English with marker pen on Ponte Vecchio bridge. She risks a one-year suspended jail term and a 3,000-euro fine.

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Collpsed bridge in Genoa

The recovery operations under the collapsed bridge in Genoa

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.


Expo 2020 area

Florence to represent Italy at Expo Dubai

Naples and Florence will be two cities that will be protagonists of the Italian pavilion at Expo Dubai as well as collateral initiatives.

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San Gimignano launches crowdfunding to repair walls

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.

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The Permanent Court of Arbitration concludes agreement to facilitate hearings in the city of Florence

Florence to host the Permanent Court of Arbitration

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.

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Italian police

Man shot in central Florence dies

A 70-year-old black man was shot multiple times in central Florence Monday and died of his wounds.

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Italian police

33 arrested in operation targeting Chinese mafia

Italian police conducted a huge operation targeting the Chinese mafia.

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Sesto fiorentino

Mosque near Florence to be built on Church land

A new mosque is to be built on Catholic Church land in Sesto Fiorentino, in the north of the city Florence.

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