On November 6th, 1966 the Italian city of Florence experienced one of the worst flooding in its long history. The heart of the city disappeared under 3 meters of water. Two important libraries: the Biblioteca del Gabinetto Vieusseux and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Firenze were affected. Over 1.5 million books from these libraries were damaged by the water. The only solution: put those precious books drying in a giant warehouse.

On November 6th, 1966 the Italian city of Florence experienced one of the worst flooding in its long history. The heart of the city disappeared under 3 meters of water. Two important libraries: the Biblioteca del Gabinetto Vieusseux and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Firenze were affected. Over 1.5 million books from these libraries were damaged by the water. The only solution: put those precious books drying in a giant warehouse.

Caffe' Giubbe Rosse Piazza Repubblica 1930: from left: Massimo Bontempelli, Maria Bellonci, Romano Bilenchi, Eugenio Montale

Caffe' Giubbe Rosse Piazza Repubblica 1930: from left: Massimo Bontempelli, Maria Bellonci, Romano Bilenchi, Eugenio Montale

Le Murate Literary caffè in Florence

Le Murate Literary caffè in Florence

The tiny Tuscan town hosts an extensive archive containing thousands of writings of ordinary people

Pieve Santo Stefano: The City of Diaries

The tiny Tuscan town hosts an extensive archive containing thousands of writings of ordinary people

The Sigh Press, a new online literary magazine in Tuscany for writers and readers in English. A great name! Visit http://thesighpress.com/

The Sigh Press, a new online literary magazine in Tuscany for writers and readers in English. A great name! Visit http://thesighpress.com/

The Gabinetto Vieusseux of Florence: 1819-2003 http://www.vieusseux.it/cronologia-del-gabinetto-vieusseux.html

The Gabinetto Vieusseux of Florence: 1819-2003 http://www.vieusseux.it/cronologia-del-gabinetto-vieusseux.html

Immersed among a surroundings of books, vegetarian food, a peaceful inner courtyard and more at Brac in Florence. In the historical center, but just off the beaten roads. From http://www.adustyolivegreen

Immersed among a surroundings of books, vegetarian food, a peaceful inner courtyard and more at Brac in Florence. In the historical center, but just off the beaten roads. From http://www.adustyolivegreen

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