City of Florence - Italy
Welcome to our website. The aim of the site is to guide you to many of the “Must See” sights in this historical city.
Florence or Firenze is the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy. In 59 B.C. During the reign of Julius Caesar, a colony settled here at the narrowest part of the Arno River, approximately where it is now crossed by one of Florence’s main tourist attractions,the Ponte Vecchio, and gradually Florence developed into an important centre of trade. This period of prosperity came to an end in the 5th century when the Roman Empire collapsed and Italy was plunged into the Dark Ages. There were many conflicts during this period and control of the city changed hands many times, but due to its prime position Florence again grew into a successful trading centre based mainly on the wool trade. Towards the end of the 14th century, wealthy merchants encouraged the work of intellectuals and artists, and this developed into what is now referred to as the Renaissance period. It was during this time that the Medici family rose to power, a dynasty that was to last for nearly 300 years. During the centuries following the Renaissance, Florence was ruled by a succession of what could be described as less flamboyant leaders and for a short periodduring the re-unification of Italy in the 19th century, Florence became Italy’s capital city, this soon ended when Rome joined a newly unified Italy.
Tourists today visit Florence to see the wonderful buildings and the great work on display from some of the greatest artists the world has ever seen, such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli. Anna Maria the last of the Medici, who died in 1743, bequeathed to the city of Florence all the Medici property, on the condition that they would continue to remain within the city.
The city of Florence boasts some incredible monuments, so much so that in 1982 the entire centre of the city was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
We suggest that you buy a local map to help you plan your visit to this historic city.