By Franco Cardini
L'autore ricerca i 'caratteri originali' della grande città d'arte attraverso un viaggio nel suo passato, dalle origini ai tempi della florentina libertas, dai fasti del Principato mediceo e asburgo-lorenese, according to giungere alla Firenze del XX secolo con i suoi problemi e le sue crisi, ma anche con los angeles sua carica inventiva e l. a. sua spinta al rinnovamento. Il volumea ha lo scopo di cogliere in pochi, forti tratti della città, di rivisitare il passato alla luce del presente in step with comprendere i caratteri originali.
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Ponte Vecchio; the father-master-stepfather Arno; the urban grid of Roman origin, which has survived and been constantly rediscovered. A bridge; a river; a road which, crossing this thanks to that, gave life to a narrow plain, cutting a furrow through it from south to north, towards the hills between Fiesole and Monte Morello. This is the scenery in which Florence was encamped - and still is. It may not be immediately obvious why the city prospered; the reasons are many and varied; but it is clear enough what made her take root where she did: a river, a bridge, a road.
It is a plain of modest dimensions: about forty kilometres long (east-west) and more or less ten kilometres wide. These are the limits within which today’s “greater Florence”, necessarily oblong in shape, has developed. For a long time it was uninhabited territory, owing to the impossible environmental conditions. C. a modest settlement probably arose, where the centre of the city now is, and was later abandoned. C. the Etruscans singled out, more or less in the middle of the area, a point at which the river could be forded with relative ease; however, they took care, as they always did, not to found a settlement in the plain.
A history book, however brief, has as its object a past, recent or distant, but it is written in and for the present. When an essay like this one has as its aim the “original characteristics” of a great artistic centre which is also a great twentieth-century city with its problems and its crises, it is even more urgent that the essay furnish answers that will limit the characteristics and historical assumptions of those problems and crises. And in a city like Florence, afflicted with confusion and decay which one can seek to explain but not deny, such a task is neither easy nor pleasant.
A Short History of Florence by Franco Cardini