La Notte della Memoria
Boboli Gardens – Piazzale della Meridiana – Florence, ITALY
August 3, 2014 at 9pm
Free entry from Piazza Pitti – Cortile dell’Ammannati
It was exactly 70 years after the terrible night of August 3, 1944, when the German army, aiming to prevent the advance of the Anglo-American contingent, caused a great destruction to the city and the people of Florence. Over the Arno River, only the Ponte Vecchio excluded, all the bridges that connected the northern and southern part of the city were bombed and destroyed.
To remember those tragic moments on Sunday, August 3rd, in the Piazzale della Meridiana of the Boboli Gardens, starting at 9pm with free entrance from Piazza Pitti Courtyard, “The Night of Remembrance. Seventy years after the destruction of the bridges of Florence” will take place — an initiative by the Directorate of the Boboli Gardens and Noah Riviera Theater (see Printing the program downloaded from the website of the State Museums of Florence). Interpreted through projections of photographic images and film, with readings of mostly unpublished historical documents drawn from various archives and theatrical moments of the show “August ’44 the Night of the Bridges” written by Ugo Chiti and Massimo Salvianti and edited by Noah Riviera Theater. The evening aims to recall the historical truth of topics and events of that difficult period. In fact, the event will have the rhythm of the passionate chronicle of the days that preceded and followed the liberation of Florence, a city symbol that becomes an emblem of suffering, of heroism, big and small, overtime and minimum events in all cities and towns in Italy involved in the fight against the Nazi-Fascist occupation.
“‘The Night of Remembrance‘,” said the Superintendent of the State Museums of Florence, Cristina Acidini, “can only take place at Pitti and Boboli, which offered refuge in those terrible moments to the Florentine people injured by the destruction.”
The drama and tragedies of the war, these days unfortunately still topical, will be at the center of everything, the cruel scars inflicted on the city by the Germans, with the destruction of the bridges over the Arno, including the Ponte Santa Trinita, a masterpiece of late Renaissance built to a design by Michelangelo, who at the time of the destruction seems to want to resist, oppose, and that it will collapse only after being bombed three times. The initiative is promoted by the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico and the Polo Museale della Città di Firenze, of the Comune di Firenze and the Museo Giardino di Boboli, with the collaboration of the Soprintendenza Archivistica per la Toscana, of the Istituto Storico della Resistenza in Toscana, the Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G. P. Vieusseux, the Istituto Luce Cinecittà S.r.l., the Mediateca dell’Unione Comuni Montani del Casentino, Arca Azzurra Teatro, Rete Toscana Classica, Ditta Imaginem, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Firenze Musei.