Florence, Italy, is situated on the River Arno and is considered the Cradle of the Italian Renaissance. Once a center of Medieval European trade and finance, Florence is known for its monuments, buildings and churches such as Bartolomeos Ammanati's Fountain of Neptune (at the terminus of a functioning Roman aquaduct), Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery of St. John) and Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.
Home to David and the main reason I took a day trip there from Rome. It is the capital of the Tuscany region, has a metro population of approximately 600,000 and is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Of the 1,000 European artists of the second century, 350 lived or worked in Florence... in other words if you want to see art Florence is the place to go.
The other thing which sets Florence apart is the language. It’s the parent to modern Italian and you can hear a difference when people are conversing around you. After spending a couple of weeks in Rome, Florence was a great day trip and a nice train ride thru the countryside to boot.
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