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5 Fun Facts about Florence

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

1. The art capital of Italy

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Known as the cradle of the Renaissance era (la culla del Rinascimento), 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.

2. Symbol of the city

The Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, otherwise known as the Duomo di Firenze is a historic landmark and symbol of the city. It’s also the 3rd largest cathedral in the world after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St. Paul’s in London. It was built in the late Roman times between 4th and 5th century A.D.  The magnificent dome was built by Filippo Brunelleschi while the campanile was partly designed by the great artist Giotto.

3. All roads lead to Rome…but first there was Florence!

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.

4. Food in Firenze

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.

5. Famous in Florence

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.

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Venere Travel Blog writer nicole arriaga

After working in Miami as writer and TV producer, Nicole Arriaga decided to trade in the sun and sand for the 'dolce vita' in 2003 and move to Rome. She writes for various publications including The American, and works for a study abroad organization in Rome.

11 responses to “5 Fun Facts about Florence”

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  1. Marcela Lembo says via Facebook:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 18:25

    es hermosa!!! y es incríble su magestuocidad..

  2. Andrea Di Carlo says via Facebook:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 18:26


  3. Luca Schilirò says via Facebook:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 18:37

    me neither.

  4. Patricia Lopez San Roman says via Facebook:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 19:05

    Seville Cathedral, the third largest in the world.

  5. David Santetti says via Facebook:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 20:12

    E sicuramente la più bella
    Come disse i’ Brunelleschi

  6. Steven Rhoden says via Facebook:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 20:14

    The duomo is awesome

  7. Thomas Darrohn says via Facebook:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 21:02

    Cool, been there, loved that :)

  8. Lisa Halderman says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 21:25

    “Chicken LIVER pate” on those crostini, cara (which, BTW are not crunchy…..that’s bruschetta!)

  9. Nicole says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 21:42

    Thanks Lisa for pointing that out. I somehow managed to leave out ‘liver’ from Chicken liver. I’ve actually had the crostini (not bruschetta) both ways…the crunchy ones and not. Thanks again!

  10. Michel Tireford says via Facebook:
    November 4th, 2010 at 01:09

    l’idéal, hotel dans le centre historique, visite le soir c’est super

  11. Marten Wood says via Facebook:
    November 4th, 2010 at 11:01

    I thought the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede in Seville was the third largest in the world..

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