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Capital of the region of Tuscany in Italy, Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and played a key role in the development of Europe into the advanced civilization we're familiar with. It was also home to the greatest artists in history and this legacy surrounds the visitor to Florence.
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During the 1400's the senior merchants governed Florence, in particular the Medici family. Greek and Roman antiquity was rediscovered in this period, giving rise to a new worldview based on the creative and intellectual power of the human mind. A Renaissance took place - the rebirth of learning. Sciences, arts and literature came to the forefront once again.

With this background, Florence, with its history at the heart of the Italian Renaissance, is almost like one interactive museum. Designed by Michelozzo, Andrea di Cambio, Brunelleschi and many others, many of the great churches and squares in Florence are an education to behold, often displaying statues by Michelangelo or Giambologna.

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With fortress-like architecture, the huge palace, Palazzo Vecchio, conveys the message of political power supported by military strength. Previously the 'town hall' of Florence, it is a beautiful museum today, filled with frescoes, paintings and sculptures...

Palazzo Vecchio

The Piazza della Signoria - the square in front of Palazzo Vecchio - was the scene of great historical events, including the return of the Medici in 1530. The auare includes a David replica, a Neptune fountain, Giambologna's statue of Duke Cosimo on horseback portraying the great Medici ruler of Tuscany, and in the Loggia dei Lanzi arches, Benvenuto Cellini's statue of Perseus with the Head of Medusa amongst many others...

Piazza della Signoria

The Piazza della Repubblica and its Column of Abundance has signified the city center since ancient times. Today it is an important meeting place, with many cafes and street artists...

Piazza della Repubblica

South of the Piazza della Repubblica pedestrian area heading toward Palazzo Pitti, the Ponte Vecchio bridge - with its goldsmith and jewelry shops - crosses the Arno river and makes for a romantic stroll, with its great views over the river...

Ponte Vecchio

Piazzale Michelangelo offers panoramic views of Florence and the Arno valley and is a popular spot with locals and tourists, and a perfect spot for newly married couples to celebrate...

Piazzale Michelangelo

In the museums of Florence you'll find paintings, sculptures and frescoes created by some of the greatest minds of all time. The Uffizi Gallery in particular houses some of the most important works of the Renaissance, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Lippi, Titian, Caravaggio, Michelangelo and many Greek and Roman sculptures. This is Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus'...

Birth of Venus

Alongside works by Perugino, Giambologna, Botticelli and much more, the Accademia houses the world-famous 'David' by Michelangelo...

Palazzo Pitti

The Palazzo Pitti is a huge palace originally built for the Pitti family in 1457. Later the property was sold to the Medicis and became the primary residence of Cosimo II. Today the building houses a range of museums including Medici household treasures and the Royal Apartments and the Gallery of Modern Art. Behind the palace lie the famous Boboli Gardens. This is a view of the Palazzo Pitti in a painting from 1669...

Palazzo Pitti

Florence's cathedral, churches and many palaces were designed, built and decorated by great Renaissance artists including Brunelleschi and Michelangelo, and many magnificent works of art were commissioned to decorate the interiors. For example, the Duomo Cathedral...

Duomo Cathedral

Climb the many steps to reach the top of the Duomo Cathedral's dome and see a fabulous view of Florence. The stairway takes you by the interior of the dome where you can examinee Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9) up close...

Last Judgment

In Piazza del Duomo, the square in front of Duomo Cathedra, stands the Baptistery of St. John, a smaller building in similar style, which presents great Renaissance masterpieces within. Above the entrance, the Door of Paradise, is 'The Baptism of Christ' by Andrea Sansovino...

Baptism of Christ

The Basilica di San Lorenzo is one of the largest churches in Florence, situated at the centre of the market district, and the burial place of all the principal members of the Medici family from Cosimo il Vecchio to Cosimo III, the Grand Dukes of Tuscany in Renaissance times. The dome of its Cappella dei Principi dominates the Basilica...

Cappella dei Principi

Florence, then, houses some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world, and its magnificence awaits your visit!

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