Vasari Corridor Support Damager Identified

A truck driver who inadvertently ran into one of of the pillars that holds up the Vasari Corridor on December 27 has been taken into custody thanks to surveillance cameras:  he is owner of a shipping company based in Caserta in the region of Campania.

Footage clearly shows that the truck made a U turn and inadvertently backed into a column on Lungarno Anna Maria de’ Medici close to Ponte Vecchio and then sped off in the direction of Piazza Signoria.

The 50-year-old driver was finally stopped later in the day while making deliveries in Prato; just prior to the incident in the piazza del Pesce along the Lungarno, he had delivered goods to a shop in nearby Por Santa Maria.  The man will be initially fined €378 for making an illegal U turn in downtown Florence as well as for reckless driving while at the same time losing 12 points off of his drivers license (15 is the maximum that can be penalized in one accident out of a total of 20 contained in an Italian drivers license).  He will also be held legally responsible for damaging public property.

Uffizi director Eike Schmidt made an inspection and went on record to say that the “damage was noteworthy and would take at least three weeks to repair at a considerable cost – “thousands and thousands of euros.”  He also specified that the column hit was built in the 19th century and was not one of the 16th century constructions that hold up the Vasari passageway connecting the Uffizi to the Pitti Palace complex.

To read more in Italian, and to see a slide show visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site.  (rosanna cirigliano)