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1966 Flood of the Arno River

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Flood of the Arno River: Florence, November 1966

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Clearing Florence Flood Damage (1966)

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Arno Flood

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Effects of the 1966 flood on Florence's cultural heritage

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Florence Italy recovers from flood disaster 1967

The 1966 flood of the Arno in Florence killed 101 people and damaged or destroyed millions of masterpieces of art and rare books. It is considered the worst flood in the city's history since 1557. With the combined effort of Italian and foreign volunteers alike, or angeli del fango, many of these fine works have been restored. New methods in conservation were devised and restoration laboratories established. However, even decades later, much work remains to be done.
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