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.
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
The Gabinetto Vieusseux of Florence: 1819-2003 http://www.vieusseux.it/cronologia-del-gabinetto-vieusseux.html
Le Murate Literary caffè in Florence
Caffe' Giubbe Rosse Piazza Repubblica 1930: from left: Massimo Bontempelli, Maria Bellonci, Romano Bilenchi, Eugenio Montale
The Sigh Press, a new online literary magazine in Tuscany for writers and readers in English. A great name! Visit http://thesighpress.com/
The tiny Tuscan town hosts an extensive archive containing thousands of writings of ordinary people