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Vasari’s Last Supper reassembled 47 years after 1966 Florence flood

New restoration techniques mean 1546 painting could be ready for display by 50th anniversary of Arno bursting its banks The last casualty of the devastating Florence flood of 1966 has been reassembled, raising hopes of a full restoration before the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest cultural disasters of…

Footwear fans learn shoemaking art from Italian master

A stone’s throw from the Duomo in Florence, students from around the world are learning the art of shoemaking from an Italian master and bringing fresh hope to an artisan trade in crisis. Bukola Asafa, a 30-year-old mother-of-two from Nigeria, stitches a deep red lining for a pair of made-to-measure…

Far-right author kills two, then self in Florence

ROME — An Italian far-right author shot dead two Senegalese vendors and wounded three in Florence on Tuesday before killing himself in a daylight shooting spree that prompted outpourings of grief in the historic city. Witnesses said they saw the gunman calmly getting out of a car at a street…

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