Florence (Firenze in Italian) is world-famous as the capital of the Italian Renaissance, together with Rome.
A city founded by the Romans that greatly expanded during the Middle-Ages, from the early-14th century to the late-16th century, under the reign of the Medici family, Florence and its territory had been indeed the birthplace or the hometown of many among the most important Renaissance artists, including Giotto, Filippo Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Leon Battista Alberti, Fra Angelico, Raphael, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo, to name just a few.
The city is today the capital of the Tuscany region, a lively university town, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe that fully shows its glorious past in its monuments (such as the famous Cathedral with the dome by Brunelleschi and Giotto’s Campanile), and world-renowned museums, including the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello Museum, and the Galleria dell’Accademia.
Cover image, the facade of the Uffizi Gallery in central Florence; photo © Riccardo Bianchini/Inexhibit.
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