Culinary capital under siege!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 | No Comments

Historian Lee Windsor of the University of New Brunswick, chats about the history of  Florence’s magnificent bridges and a brief time when the city lost its title as the culinary capital of Italy.

Watch our short video here and then watch History Canada on Thursday, April 4th at 9pm ET/PT to catch Museum Secrets: Inside the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

 

In August 1944, the Germans bombed all but one of Florence’s famous medieval bridges, the Ponte Vecchio. The people of Florence were faced with starvation as food distribution ground to a halt and goods were prevented from moving into the city. Fortunately, the Allies managed to save the inhabitants by opening routes on the Ponte Vecchio and allowing non-military vehicles through.