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In Falciani, not far from Tavarnuzze, in a green and suggestive valley, you can find the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial.

florence american cemetery memorial

This cemetery opened in 1960 and here are the headstones of 4,402 military, fallen during the Italian campaign of Second World War. It is not the biggest one in Italy: this primacy goes to Nettuno Cemetery, near Rome, where all the soldiers who fought in the South are buried. In Florence, there are those who had lost their life in the north, especially during the heavy fighting in the Gothic Line.
Just passing through the big gate on Cassia, you can feel quietness and peacefulness and it feels to be in a huge garden built on two basic concepts: simplicity and symmetry, surrounded by a vast remembrance monument.
On the field, which is the most important part of the graveyard, there are simple white-marbled crosses arrayed symmetrically still creating some beautiful prospective illusions. There are crosses and stars of David above the stones, to honor the Jewish soldiers. The big funereal monument and the Tablets of Missing are in memory of all the unnamed Americans who gave their life to serve the country. 1,409 exactly.
From a naturalistic point of view, the chosen place has a remarkable value, with its hill and the river Greve.  The Tuscan landscape plays a major role in this strip of American land with cypress and maritime pines defining the cemetery premises and giving a sense of “mediterraneanism”.
The Florence American cemetery attracts the fallen soldiers’ children or grandchildren, the third generation. Its primary function addresses to relatives of the dead soldiers, but it wants to become a vivid and lively testimony for a wider number of people.
The Florence American Cemetery and Memorial is located on the west side of Cassia , Falciani.
It is open daily, except December 25 and January 1 from 9am to 5pm.

Visit the website of the American Battle Monuments Commission


Published: 22/5/2013

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