City of Florence -
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 period during the re-
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.
Please use of our interactive Google map to help plan your stay in this historic city.