Florence is the most populous
city (2006 population 364,000) in the region of Tuscany.
Established by none other than Julius Caesar, Florence is the original Italian Renaissance
city. When we think of middle ages and the Renaissance, we think of Florence. The arts and
architecture of Florence
is of great importance to the entire art world as we know it. Since its
beginning, it has been a major European trade center because of it s location
on the Arno River. When under the Medici Family rule,
the city of Florence was the Capital of the Italian Kingdom.
Famous artists have etched their name across Florence.
From Botticelli, to Michelangelo, to the famous Leonardo Da Vinci, this
city has seen some of the most influential artists in history. Take a walk through time, and be sure to see
one of the numerous pieces of architectural history. The entire downtown
contains a defense wall built in the 14th century after a flourishing
economic growth. Within the wall, see the Santa
Maria del Fiore the best-known site in Florence.
The duomo is the world s
biggest brick and mortar building to date. Last but not least, the Uffizi art gallery is one of the finest galleries in the
world. Home of Michelangelo s David, the Uffizi is among the biggest art museums in the world. Indulge in
some traditional Italian cuisine in beautiful downtown Florence,
where the residents are some of the most traditional in all of Italy. Prepare to be awe struck by this majestic
city of history, and let the food speak for itself!