The Ponte Vecchio Flooded, November 1966

Title

The Ponte Vecchio Flooded, November 1966

Description

Photograph of the floodwaters of the Arno River rushing through the upper arches of the Ponte Vecchio during the height of the “Great Flood” of Florence, Italy of November 4, 1966. It was the largest flood the city of Florence had seen since 1557, with water and mud reaching 22 feet in some areas.

Though the loss of life was minimal, property damage was considerable, including some 14,000 artworks (paintings, frescoes, sculptures, altarpieces) along with 3 to 4 million paper artifacts (books, manuscripts, governmental and church records, other miscellaneous documents). Public outcry led to an influx of international donations to fund a massive and successful restoration effort; restoration of documents is ongoing in the face of lack of funding.

Creator

Joseph Blaustein

Source

Archives of the City of Florence

Date

4 November 1966

Contributor

Matt Gilson

Format

Photograph

Coverage

1900-1999

Original Format

Color Film Photograph

Files

ponte-vecchio-flooded.jpg

Citation

Joseph Blaustein, “The Ponte Vecchio Flooded, November 1966,” Disaster History Archive, accessed October 23, 2021, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/40.

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