Florence, Italy, is a bustling Mediterranean city laden with delicious Italian food and thousands of years of recorded history.
Florence began the year 59 a. When the former soldiers of Julius Caesar settled along the Arno River. The city, initially called Florentia, grew up around these settlements. Nowadays, the old Roman parts of the city have disappeared long ago, but the Piazza della Repubblica has an imposing monument – the Column of Abundance – where the ancient Roman main streets met.
Explore an additional story at Centro Storico, the historic center of the city. This area has a number of medieval buildings, such as the impressive Florence Cathedral. Centro Storico is also where you can find Il Porcellino, a bronze boar statue that is something of a pet for Florence. Putting a coin in your mouth for good luck, you can not hurt, right?
Continue your tour of Florence by taking some of the most impressive religious art in the world, many of them created under the Medici family in the 15th and 16th centuries. You'll find statues in parks and fountains, as well as in outdoor and indoor buildings. Pass through the Uffizi Gallery, which runs through a block of the city, and see the paintings of great artists such as Sandro Botticelli. You will also want to visit the Academy Gallery to see some seminal works by Michelangelo.
On the south side of the river Arno is the Palazzo Pitti, one of the Medici family residences during the Renaissance. It is now a large set of galleries, where you can see some of the Medici legacies and some of his works of art, including pieces by Raphael and Correggio.
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