FLORENCE, ITALY – A piece of a 16th-century fresco fell from the ceiling of a corridor in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery on Wednesday morning, during the opening times of the Florentine museum. The piece has a diameter of around 30 centimeters and fortunately did not hit any visitors.
The piece was dated 16th-century and fell from the ceiling when some worker stepped through the floor from the storey on the up-floor. The section of fresco was ornamental and restores are already at work to safe the ceiling.
“The portion of frescoed plaster fell off during routine maintenance on the ceiling inside the First Hall of the gallery,” said the office of Cristina Acidini, Florence museums superintendent. “Fortunately the break was small and off-center,” said Acidini’s office. Everything should be fixed in roughly 10 days.