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TUSCANY – “Dolce Vita” in an Old Land

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

From Wikipedia

Florence (Italian: Firenze), pronounced [fiˈrɛntse]; alternative obsolete spelling: Fiorenza, Latin: Florentia) is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 367,569 inhabitants (1,500,000 in the metropolitan area).

The city lies on the River Arno and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the richest and wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages.4 It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy.

The historic centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Florence is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and its artistic, historic and cultural heritage and impact in the world remains vast up to this day. The city has also a major European impact in music, architecture, education, cuisine, fashion, philosophy, science and religion. The historic centre of Florence contains numerous elegant squares (piazzas), Renaissance palaces (palazzi), academies, parks, gardens, churches, monasteries, museums, art galleries and ateliers. The city has also been nominated, according to a 2007 study, as the most desirable destination for tourists in the world.

The city boasts a wide range of collections of art, especially those held in the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi, (which receives about 1.6 million tourists a year). Florence is arguably the last preserved Renaissance city in the world and is regarded by many as the art capital of Italy. It has been the birthplace or chosen home of many notable historical figures, such as Dante, Boccaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Niccolò Machiavelli, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Donatello, Galileo Galilei, Catherine de’ Medici, Antonio Meucci, Guccio Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Florence Nightingale and Emilio Pucci.

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italy, landscapes, florence, tuscany, toscana

Comments

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinabout 4 years ago

    Our next place is a beautiful FLORENCE – capital city of Tuscany and Italian Renaissance.

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...about 4 years ago

    Wow, amazing work Denis! Love that scape, the colour is brilliant

  • Thank you so much!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 4 years ago

    amazing view

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful view and colours

  • Thank you!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 4 years ago

    magnificent capture ,what a view

  • Thanks a lot Kathy!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteabout 4 years ago

    Magnificent panorama of a world reknown city

  • Thank you Gilberte!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • MsCAgius
    MsCAgiusabout 4 years ago

    Stunning as always!

  • Thank you so much!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • VoluntaryRanger
    VoluntaryRangerabout 4 years ago

    Superb shot Denis,great views

  • Thank you mate!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Elena Skvortsova
    Elena Skvortsovaabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful view of the beautiful city!

  • Thank you!

    – Denis Molodkin

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic cityscape!!!

  • Thank you Laurie, glad you like it!

    – Denis Molodkin

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