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Florence Travel Guide, Italy

Florence- origin of the Italian Renaissance.

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, the city lies on the banks of Arno River. Florence is renowned for its history and its importance in the Renaissance for its art and architecture. Florence draws millions of tourists every year and the UNESCO acknowledged it as a “World Heritage Site”.

Geography and Demography

Florence is located at 43°46′18″North 11°15′13″East.  The city is situated at an elevation of about 50 m and covers an area of 39.4 square miles.

In 2007, census estimated that the population is about 364,710 where 46.8% of the population was male and 53.2% were female.

Culture, an exception artistic legacy of Florence

   Donatello's David

  Florence is known for its artistical history in the forms of its paintings and sculptures. It is the hometown of many great painters and sculptors. Leonardo da Vinci, famous for his Mona Lisa  painting, inventions  and other  scientific research. Guccio Gucci, creator of the Gucci fashion line. Michelangelo Buonarroti another renowned   sculptor famed for the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  Amerigo Vespucci, the explorer well-known for naming the “America” and many more creators too.

Florentine  is the language spoken by the populace of Florence.

Florence houses the famous The Bargello  Palace which was a former garrison and prison, now an art museum. In the museum dwells the magnum opus of Michelangelo, such as his Madonna and Child, David-Apollo.  Donatello's David, one of the most legendary effigies in housed at the Bargello.

Some of the other museums at Florence are the  THE 'UFFIZI GALLERY' one of the supreme museums in Italy and the world, THE NATIONAL MUSEUM 'IL BARGELLO' one of the oldest buildings in Florence and  many more.  Some of the noteworthy   Historical monuments at Florence are 'Palazzo Vecchio”,”The Cathedral “The Basilica of San Lorenzo' and many more.

Festivity begins at Florence

The festival season begins in Florence, many such events are held around the year.

“FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY” is an event entirely devoted to the world of communication, art and ingenuity. The event is held every year in the month of October at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Every year thousands of tourists, students showcase their creativity through fashion designing, music, art, and poetry.

'FESTIVAL DEI POPOLI' is a film festival held at Florence, where remarkable and award winning films of the foreign language and of the Italian category is screened.

“FLORENCE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL” is conducted especially for young talented musicians from all over the world. The main objective of the event is to encourage young musicians, who will have the exclusive opportunity to play in some of the most stunning and historical locations of Florence.

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    review by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
    Florence is one of the biggest Italian cities, you absolitely shouldn't miss it. It offers a wide range of history, a beautiful historical city centre and a lof of possibilities to spent money in all sorts of good shops. If you want to go there, I would suggest train, because the traffic...
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    travel tip by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    They have great Italian food and good jazz all the time. They have a TV and you can freely read newspapers and magazines. Altogether it's a rather pleasant place with some very good cocktails. If you want nothing special just a good...
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    Have fun cruising effortlessly through the timeless streets of Florence on the coolest rides of the 21st century. The Segway Tour experience is the most appropriate to visit the entire historical center in less time then simply walking.
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Florence City Ratings

  • Rating78%
    City Rank167
  • History & Culture: rated for 100%
  • Night Life & Entertainment: rated for 70%
  • Family & Fun: rated for 55%
  • Outdoors Activities: rated for 55%
  • Food: rated for 80%
  • Sightseeing: rated for 100%
  • Shopping: rated for 80%
  • Public Transportation: rated for 75%
  • Must visit this place: rated for 90%
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