The flood of Florence A memory still very much alive
In Florence’s calendar the date of 4th November is marked with red. Not because it is a festive day although in a way it has become one. The 4th of November is the day when we remember the last flood, that has severely hit the city in 1966, one of the most destructive in its history. However more than a day of mourning, it is also seen as the most suitable occasion to celebrate the proverbial Florentine pride. More than admirable was in fact the way in which the habitants of Florence have been able to react to the immense tragedy. Without any wailing, prompt, with courage and confidence in themselves. In those days a “Civil Protection” system didn’t exist, so it was that event which prompted government authorities to create one. The emergency and a big part of the reconstruction were faced from “the bottom” with a genuinely popular participation, demonstrating a high sense of being a community. But November 4th can also be celebrated as a day of solidarity in the name of art. Financial and volunteer aid had arrived from all parts of the world, demonstrating how much Florence was loved and felt like “their own”.