History: The Flood of Florence in 1966 with Google Earth

Flood of Florence in 1966 in Google EarthOn November 4th 1966, the city of Florence, Italy experienced a horrible flood when the river Arno broke its banks. One of the Google Earth Community members, known as ‘bebop’, sets an example of an excellent forum post by presenting pictures, photos, and reference links describing the event both in his post and with a Google Earth file of the flood which includes many photos tied to the locations of the photos, and a map overlay which shows the extent of the flooding. There are also links to informative web sites with more photos and descriptions of the events. If you read this, you will definitely learn something about this event. And, if you are a kid who happens to have a homework assignment about the flood of Florence, you just got lucky!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Quick tip: try setting the elevation exaggeration in the option to the maximum of 3 to have a very clear picture of why the flood boundary in the south is as sharp as it is and the northern edge of the flooded area is much more gradual. I’ve found this insight both interesting and dramatic. Another example how something like a “simple” flat map really starts to come alive if you project it to “the real world” and look at it from any angle…

Leave a Reply