The other night, a powerful tornado ripped through parts of central Italy. One young lad was killed by a falling pediment and two women are in intensive care after a tree fell on their car.
In Florence, there was evidence of the strong winds, with parked motorcycles blown over, debris of all sorts in the streets, trees and shrubs blown down, newspaper and souvenir kiosks damaged, and so on. Piazzale Michelangelo was closed because of fallen trees, or those that were threatening to fall.
Yesterday, I walked along Viale Petrarca which skirts a large private garden (Giardino Torrigiani). This garden has many large pine trees and this is what happened when one of them toppled over the walls of the garden onto a parked car. Thank goodness it was at night and no one was in the car. Imagine how you’d feel when you got to your car that morning! I hope they were well insured.