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Florence Tuscany

Florence lies in a spectacular position, in the center of a wide natural amphitheater, surrounded on three sides by the hills of Careggi (north), Fiesole (north-east) Settignano (east), Arcetri, Collina Imperiale and Bellosguardo (south). The place where the city rises is crossed by the river Arno and smaller rivers as Mugnone, Terzolle and Greve.

Florence is often indicated as the cradle of the Renaissance: the city is characterized by that extraordinary literary, artistic and scientific development that had place in XIV and XVI century. Among the antecedent facts of this period of splendor, we find the crisis of the catholic Church and the disastrous effects of the black plague, that carried to a critical re-examination of the medioevali values, turning out in a revaluation of those of the classic antiquity. Florence benefitted of this great social change and became one of the catalyzing places of that thought current, constituting in that age one of the most important centers of rebirth of the world culture.

The historical center of Florence, closed inside of the tree-lined avenues traced on the old medieval walls, keeps the most important cultural assets of Florence.
This part of the city can be appreciated from the hills around, above all from the Forte Belvedere, the Piazzale Michelangelo with the Romanesque Basilica of San Miniato al Monte and from the hill of Fiesole, that offers one of the most evocative panoramas of the valley of the river Arno.

The baptistry of St. John Tuscany The baptistry of St. John
The baptistry dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, saint patron of the city of Florence, rises in fr ...
The Cathedral - Santa Maria del Fiore Tuscany The Cathedral - Santa Maria del Fiore
The Cathedral of Florence is the fourth church of Europe for largeness, after Saint Peter in Rome, S ...
Ponte Vecchio Tuscany Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio (old bridge)is one of the symbols of Florence. It crosses the river Arno in its na ...
Uffizi Gallery Tuscany Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's finest museums, traces its origins to 1560 when Cosimo I de' ...
Piazza della Signoria Tuscany Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria is the central square of Florence, seat of the civil power with Palazzo Vecchi ...
Palazzo Vecchio Tuscany Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio was built up between 1299 and 1314 for giving a worthy seat to the Priors of the Art ...
Loggia della Signoria Tuscany Loggia della Signoria
The Loggia della Signoria or dei Lanzi (because here the "Lanzichenecchi" -Landsknechts- camped in 1 ...
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella Tuscany Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is one of the most important churches in Florence and rises on t ...
Pitti Palace Tuscany Pitti Palace
Palazzo Pitti is located in the quarter of Oltrarno. At the time it was built, it was the biggest a ...
Dante's House Tuscany Dante's House
Dante Alighieri born in Florence in 1265 and died in Ravenna in 1321. He was a poet, writer and poli ...
Florence Steak Tuscany Florence Steak
The bistecca alla fiorentina is a thick cut of beef, that joined to a specific cooking, becom ...
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