The Liberation of Florence (1944)
A lecture by Valdo Spini
In August 1944 the Allies advanced towards Florence from the hills of Chianti. Hitler had decided that the German occupation of Italian territory must be defended strenuously, inch by inch, so in anticipation of the arrival of the allied troops in Florence, on the night between 3 and 4 August German sappers blew up all the bridges over the river, including the one at Santa Trinita, a Renaissance masterpiece, to prevent the allied tanks from crossing the Arno. Only the Ponte Vecchio was spared. Valdo Spini, former government minister and president of the Fondazione Fratelli Rosselli, tells the story of what happened next … including a key role for the Vasari Corridor!
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