A huge sinkhole measuring 200 by seven metres opened up in Florence on Wednesday morning, engulfing 20 parked cars.
The incident occurred at around 6:15am, right in the centre of the Tuscan city, between Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Le Grazie.
Emergency services arrived to secure the area and the city's mayor, Dario Nardella, described it as "very serious", but there were no injuries.
Initial investigations by the fire service suggest that the sinkhole was caused by a large aqueduct pipe breaking, and the water eroding part of the road.
The area remained cordoned off to traffic throughout Wednesday morning while emergency services worked to prevent further damage to the road.
This is not the first time a sinkhole has caused chaos in Italy; they are particularly common in the south of the country due to a combination of weather conditions and structural issues.
Sinkholes have opened up in Naples on more than one occasion, prompting hundreds to be evacuated from their homes, and they have swallowed cars in Catania and engulfed trucks in central Rome.