The chaos unfolded this morning in the center of Florence along the scenic Arno River, a popular tourist destination, but it probably wasn't the kind of sight that visitors had gone to see.
Water gushed onto the roadway after one of the area's major pipes broke, according to local reports. The powerful and steady stream of water quickly tore through the asphalted road, creating a sinkhole about 650 feet long and 23 feet wide. It wasn't the river that overflowed and caused the damage, as it was earlier thought.
Crews evacuated the area as cleanup and investigations got underway. There were no immediate reports of injuries.