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Florence appears from Fiesole as in a dream

new year thermal inversion in Florence

Florence appears from Fiesole as in a dream

new year thermal inversion in Florence


New Year's Eve gave the Florentines a very unusual surprise. A dense thermal inversion kept Florence under a thick blanket of fog all day long. The view from Fiesole was one of the most memorable.
Technically, and in very simple terms, thermal inversion occurs when the ground temperature is lower than the one in the altitude. In the absence of wind, those splendid lakes of low clouds are formed, a well known scenery to those who love hiking on mountains and to those who are familiar with the Crete Senesi rolling hills landscape. But in Florence it is a rare phenomenon. And especially with that long time persistence, from morning to evening.

I arrived in Fiesole at about noon. The temperature was about twenty degrees, just like in April. The first to emerge was the Torre del Gallo on the hill of Arcetri; then Brunelleschi's dome appears, even more majestic and solemn in its misty solitude, and gradually the other towers and bell towers appears too, with the famous Uffizi crane as well.
As the sun approached the horizon, the fog became tinged with gold and purple reflections in the low winter backlight. Finally the sunset cames, the moment when earth and sky joined in a warm New Year's embrace to the city of the Lily.
Happy 2022, Florence. Let's hope so.

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