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American tourist, 68, stabbed in main square of Florence, Italy

Fabrizio Giovannozzi / AP, file

The Duomo in Florence is the fifth largest in Europe.

ROME, Italy - An American tourist underwent emergency surgery after being stabbed in the Italian city of Florence on Tuesday, a hospital doctor and media reports said.

The 68-year-old was in front of the city’s famed Duomo cathedral listening to a street musician with his wife when someone tried to mug him and he resisted, according to a report by Italian news agency, ANSA.

The report said he suffered knife wounds to a kidney and a lung.

Armando Sarti, head of the emergency care department at the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, said by phone on Wednesday that the man was recovering after an operation.

“The patient underwent surgery overnight and his condition has now improved and ... seems to be stable, although it is too early to release him from intensive care,” he said.

A hospital spokesman said the man's kidney was removed during surgery.

Local media reports in Florence said a 37-year-old Italian man from Bari was arrested shortly after the mugging and remained in custody, although this could not immediately be confirmed with police.