Thousands gather in Florence to pay homage to Italian director Zeffirelli

Applause broke out as the hearse carrying his coffin arrived at the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s city hall.

The crowd broke into applause again when four pall-bearers carried it past the replica of Michaelangelo’s Statue of David and inside the building. It will lie in state there for a day.
Zeffirelli died on Saturday at the age of 96.

The director of movies and operas “died serenely…
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