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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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Firefighters at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Firefighters rushed to Florence’s Uffizi gallery

Firefighters rushed to Florence’s Uffizi gallery on Thursday November 30, 2017.

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Da Vinci's Codex is set to return to Florence

Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester is set to return to Florence

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester is set to return to Italy for the first time in over 20 years.

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Michelangelo's David

Italy bans commercial use of Michelangelo’s David

A court in Florence has banned the unlicensed commercial use of images of the Michelangelo’s David.

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Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi sells for record $450m

Leonardo da Vinci’s depiction of Jesus entitled Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) has been sold for record $450 million (380 million euros) at Christie’s auction house in New York, making it the most expensive artwork ever.

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UNESCO recommendations for the historic centre of Florence

This is the executive summary and recommendations of the report Joint UNESCO World Heritage Centre – ICOMOS, adivsory mission to the world heritage site of the historic centre of Florence, Italy.

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