Things You Should Know About Florence, Italy

Known as the cradle of the Renaissance era, the historic center of Florence was declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1982. In fact, the centro storico is home to some of the most beautiful monuments, churches and museums of the world and attracts millons of tourists to the city each year. The historic city lies within medeival walls built around it in the 14th century after Florence began to grow due to its economic growth. Some of its most prominent sights include the Duomo, the Uffizi museum, the Galleria dell’Accademia where the statue of David is held and the Ponte Vecchio.

The saying goes that all roads lead to Rome. But the Eternal City wasn’t the first city to have actual roads. In 1339, Florence became the first city in all of Europe to have paved streets.

Did you know that some of Italy’s finest and most famous artists and celebrities came from or made Florence their home? The artistic inspirations of the great sculptor Donatello and painters Rafael and Michelangelo were born in Firenze. Other important historic figures who lived in Florence include Amerigo Vespucci the explorer, Niccolo Macchiavelli the philosopher, Galileo Galilei the astronomer and haute couture fashion designers such as Guccio Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Salvatore Ferragamo.

When it comes to eating, the Fiorentini definitely know good food. Tuscany, the region where Florence is located is home to the best wine and cheese; so you can just imagine what the rest of the food is like. Some typical regional dishes include: Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a large rare T-Bone steak cooked over charcoal; Crostini Toscani, sliced pieces of crunchy bread with chicken pâté spread on top; and the Tagliata, sliced rare beef served on a bed of arugula, topped with slices of Parmesan cheese.

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