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Italy Pic of the Day | Florence Street Light

Today's Italy Pic of the Day includes illuminating fun facts about street lights in Florence. Enjoy getting swept up in Florence!

Florence is one of the last cities left in Italy to turn street lights on manually. While that sounds a bit antiquated when it comes to all 47,000 street lights in Florence, it’s actually just the opposite. It’s about money, stars, and LEDs.

For more fun facts about the dreamy night glow Florence is known for, read on my friend! If you’re just here for pretty pictures, no judgment. I’ll include a few other gems from our Italy Pic of the Day posts in Florence at the end of the post.

Italy Pic of the Day | Florence Street Light

Having been in Florence, tipsy and stuffed with bistecche fiorentine I’ve always felt there is some kind of magic to Flo at night. It never would have dawned on me part of that magic is a careful planning balance between light pollution and safety.

Italy Pic of the Day Street Light Florence
Italy Pic of the Day Street Light Florence

“There are teams stationed around the city who check the natural illumination and decide when it’s best to turn on the lights. If a storm is brewing and darkness is descending in Fiesole and Campo di Marte but it’s still light in Isolotto, we can make the call to illuminate the city, or not. That sort of decision enables us to make energy savings if you consider that it costs 100 euro per minute to power the lighting. There are also times when we turn on the lights as a mark of reassurance, like when the tornado struck lungarno Colombo and surroundings in August 2015.”

Matteo Casanovi, President of SILFI in an interview with The Florentine

At 100€ a minute, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Matteo Casanovi telling Florentines to “turn the light off when you leave the piazza!” Would you believe there are 42 different types of LED lights used throughout Florence to cast just enough light for variations spaces like piazzas, gardens, narrow, and wide streets.

“In the future, that photo taken at night from the air will show the historic centre as an island surrounded by more darkness, as seen from the sky, in the suburbs, although the streets will be well lit. There’ll be less light pollution, so we’ll see the stars!”

Matteo Casanovi, President of SILFI in an interview with The Florentine

As promised, here’s a photo gallery of each of our Italy Pic of the Day images from Florence! Click a pic to get the story behind the image and find out more fun facts about Florence, Italy.

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