FLORENCE, ITALY – Today Florence is marking the 50th anniversary of the devastating flood of the River Arno in 1966, which claimed dozens of lives and caused incalculable damage to the Tuscan city’s rich heritage.
Italian president Sergio Mattarella and the premier Matteo Renzi participated at the events in Florence to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the deadly flood.
«We must not love in fear of the river,» Florence Mayor Dario Nardella said. But, according to some experts, the city remains in serious danger of flooding.
Florentine filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli, 93, described in a video interview produced by State broadcaster RAI how locals suddenly realized the immense value of their city’s artistic heritage.
At the ceremonies are being invited the mud angels (Angeli del fango), thousands of volunteers from around the world descended on the city to help clean, restore, and rebuild during the 1966.
One of them, France Sedee, a Dutch colonel who went to Florence with a contingent of 140 volunteers, told the commemoration that they purified 9,000 cubic meters of water as «everything was missing in Florence, even drinking water.»
The Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is in Florence for vacation and last Friday July 22, 2016 had lunch at the Palazzo Vecchio with the Italian premier Matteo Renzi.
Premier Matteo Renzi announced that Italy will host the 2017 G7 summit in Sicily, not in Florence as promised two years ago.
FLORENCE, ITALY – Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi met Japanese premier Shinzo Abe during the Italian-Japanese bilateral meeting in Florence, Monday May 2, 2016.
Abe said he and his Italian counterpart Renzi shared a view that an acceleration of structural reforms in leading economies had to be accompanied by greater flexibility on budgetary policies.
The meeting was held in Palazzo Vecchio, the site of the city council. It is the third time that the Italian prime minister meets an international institutional figure in Florence. The first time Renzi and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the Europe from the Galleria dell’Accademia with the stands in front of the David’ statue by Michelangelo; last October Renzi invited the crown prince of the United Arab, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Palazzo Vecchio for the two-States meeting.
Renzi and Abe had lunch with their wives in the Palazzo Vecchio hall Sala degli Elementi, then they crossed the path of the Prince (the connection between the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery) to reach the Uffizi, Vasari Corridor and Palazzo Pitti.
Renzi and Abe were welcomed by the director of the Uffizi Gallery, Eike Schmidt. The two leaders walked the Uffizi gallery and admired closely masterpieces such as the Majesty of Giotto, the portraits of the Dukes of Urbino by Piero della Francesca, the Tondo Doni by Michelangelo, the Birth of Venus and The Primavera by Botticelli
Tuscan Governor Enrico Rossi intends to launch a bid to replace Premier Matteo Renzi as the head of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed for research, development and technological innovation in the Oil & Gas sector, establishing a centre of global excellence in Tuscany for new-generation gas turbines and centrifugal compressors.
Tuscan Director, actor and comic Roberto Benigni quipped that Premier Matteo Renzi had welcomed him and another three Oscar-winning Italian directors in the nude.
Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said the United States is Italy’s principal friend and ally, speaking at Florence’s American cemetery on the occasion of US Memorial Day.
Italy are looking to the US for lessons on growth, Premier Matteo Renzi said after talks with President Barack Obama at the White House Friday April 17, 2015.
Premier Matteo Renzi commented on the fact that Roma and Fiorentina were drawn against each other in the last 16 of the Europa League: «Of all the possibilities…it had to be Roma! #EuropaLeague».