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Florence is Italy’s capital city in the Tuscany area and is the most populated town, having more than 370,000 people living there, with the number topping 1.5 million in the entire metropolitan area. Florence is a very historical area that tourists often see on deals to Italy and has been called the birthplace of the Renaissance.

The History of Florence

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Florence has a lot of its history that dates back to the Middle Ages, as well as the Renaissance. This applies especially to its art, architecture and culture. During that timeframe, Florence was a bustling center for trade and was one of the richest towns of the era.  It has a history of intrigue, powerful rulers like the Medici family and many warring revolutions in the name of religion and politics.

Tourists Flock to the Beautiful City of Florence

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Millions come on vacation packages to Italy in order to visit Florence.  In 1982, it was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful places on the globe. It is famous for many things like art, museums, monuments, and even the world of fashion. The Italians even invented the currency, the florin, which was considered to be one of the most successful currencies there has even been.

Whether you want to visit the famous statue of Michelangelo’s David, or would rather stroll down the streets and admire the beautiful architecture, tourists are wild for holidays in Italy.

Even these days, it is a bustling and busy city. Tourists take ganders at Giotto’s Campanile bell tower, the Basilica di Santa Croce and the famous Brunelleschi’s Dome. Some were meant more for power than beauty, but both are admired about them today, as they were in the past.

Florence is Home for the Famous and the Infamous

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It has been home to many famous people like artists and sculptors such as Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello or Michelangelo, as well as Uffizi, Accademia or Pitti. Much of their famous creations and many from others are housed in Florence’s museums and galleries.

Another famous Florence resident from early in the 15th century is the family of the Medicis. The Medici was a family of bankers and was known to all be very powerful people. The first one that brought the family fame was Cosimo de Medici. He was said to run the whole city due to his wealth and power and personal connections.

His great grandson Lorenzo is responsible for the order to create many famous works of art by people like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Botticelli. He is also responsible for bringing in people like the famous composers and singers such as Alexander Agricola or Heinrich Isaac. Because of this he was called Lorenzo the Magnificent.

By the end of the 15th century, the reign of this famous family ended and a period of a republican form of government came into being.

Florence is Full of things to Enjoy and See

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When visitors come to Florence they can see all of this and much more, as well as enjoy some tasty meals. You can have a simple meal of tomato stew or a fancy meal of prime rib or steak in one of the city’s gourmet restaurants. Florence is also famous for its tasty wine, especially Chianti, Brunello, and one called Super Tuscans.

No matter if you come to Florence to see its famous sites or just to enjoy the shopping or eating or other experiences, you can see so very much in this famous old city of Italy. Be sure to schedule yourself some Italy trips to see it all for yourself.