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Florence Travel Guide

'Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine' - Henry James

Firenze to its people, Florence is the stuff that dreams are made of. That in such a small expanse of land, exists such awesome beauty, is hard to fathom. But it exists. A sun - burnt orange glow on a towering dome is just a facet of this beauty. Once a trading town, today Florence is a centre of political activity and art. A flurry of Renaissance culture brought Florence to the present state of becoming the capital of art, architecture, commerce and political thought.

Florence then emerges as an interesting city. With graffiti on its walls, businessmen on vespas and children playing soccer, the cultural legacy of Florence peeps through a modern, fast paced city.

'All roads lead to Rome' is how the popular saying goes...but did you know that it was Florence and not Rome that got its first paved roads? Florence got it's paved roads in 1339, making it the first city with these roads not only in Italy, but in all of Europe.

In the middle ages people in Tuscany believed that the only cure for the flu was to drink from the same pail from which a horse had drunk. How that cured the flu is anybody’s guess!

Florence was the first city in Italy to mint its own gold coins in 1252.

Florence is known as the ‘art capital of Italy’ due to its long association with great painters and sculptors.

The official Florentine emblem has always been a red lily on a white background. However, the turmoil of the early Renaissance caused it to be reversed for some time (white lily on red). On the walls of the Palazzo Vecchio one can see both versions.

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