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.
LUCCA, ITALY – After three years from their last concert in Rome, the Rolling Stones come back to Italy. For this unique date of the summer tour 2017 they chose the walled city of Lucca.
They arrived to Tuscany on September 21, 2017, at the Pisa airport. They reached the Tuscan capital of Florence until the concert in Lucca scheduled on September 23 in the Lucca Summer Festival program.
The European Tour Stones – No filter follows the success of the South American tour that culminated with their first historic concert in Habana, Cuba, in front of more than 200,000 people.
FLORENCE, ITALY – Six people were killed and two are missing after floods caused by torrential rain in Livorno at the weekend.
Four members of a family were killed when their basement apartment flooded. One girl was rescued by her grandfather, but he died when he returned to attempt for his other family members.
The city in Tuscany was the worst hit, but weather warnings have been issued for much of the country. Rome was also flooded in several parts and various metro stations were closed because of flooding. The storm front has now moved further south with flooding in and around Salerno, while mud and rocks have engulfed basements in and around Avellino.
There has also been flooding in Palermo and Catania, where gales have felled trees, while there have been storms all night in the Aeolian Islands. There has been disruption to train services around Mt Vesuvius and between Naples and Rome with some trains delayed by as much as four hours. A stretch of the A2 motorway near Reggio Calabria was closed after a landslide.
Premier Paolo Gentiloni urged “all the institutions in Livorno to collaborate without sparking rows, focusing on the community” after the accusations that warnings on the deadly floods came too late. “To the victims go not only our thoughts but also the solidarity of the whole country,” Gentiloni added.
Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said on his arrival in Livorno : “I don’t think this is an emergency, it would be wrong to call it an emergency”. He said the rain-fed floods were the result of “climate change, and other (factors)”. Galletti said the government had earmarked “millions of euros to clean up rivers and sewer systems, and now this money must be spent”.