A Florence New Year’s on the Arno

After the traditional New Year’s Day morning race on the Arno by members of the Florence Boat Club (Canottieri Firenze), the customary collective dive into the cold waters of the river took place as usual.  Headlining the group wearing bathing suits — and who also rowed as a guest in the regatta — was Eugenio Giani, head of the Tuscan Regional Council.  For the occasion, Ponte Vecchio sported a handmade well-wishing sign:  Buon 2018.

Dogs and divers in wet suits also made into the water.  To see an extensive photo gallery of the event, visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site.