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Historic Centre of Florence

Factors affecting the property in 1999*
  • Major linear utilities
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Car-bomb in the historical centre in May 1993 (issue resolved)
  • Possible impact of the construction of a high tension power line
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1999
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 1999**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1999

Summary of previous deliberations: The Bureau at its twenty-second ordinary session requested the Italian authorities to consider the matter of the construction of a high tension power line through the landscape surrounding Florence and to submit a report by 15 April 1999 for examination by the Bureau at its twenty-third session. The Delegate of Italy informed the Committee at its twenty-second session that consultations were underway between the Ministry for Cultural Properties and Activities, the Ministry of Industry and the electricity company to mitigate its impact.

New information: At the time of preparation of this document, no report had been received from the Italian authorities.

Action Required

The Bureau may wish to examine information that will be provided/ may be available at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1999
23 BUR IV.B.63
Historic Centre of Florence (Italy)

The Bureau recalled that it had discussed at its twenty-second extraordinary session, a project of high tension towers in the landscape surrounding Florence.  The Delegate of Italy informed that a detailed report would be submitted to the Secretariat shortly on the matter of the high tension towers in the landscape outside of Florence. He informed the Bureau that these towers are indeed located outside of the World Heritage site. He confirmed the concerns of his Government for the protection of the environment in this type of case, and announced that the Ministry for Cultural Properties and Activities would convene a conference on this matter in October 1999.

The Bureau noted with thanks the information provided by the Delegate of Italy.

Report year: 1999
Date of Inscription: 1982
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 23COM (1999)

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.