Firenze (Florence), Italy

Florence (Firenze) is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. The city is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and therefore one of the most famous cultural cities in Europe.

Florence was founded in 59 BC. by Julius Caesar as a settlement for far-flung Roman soldiers under the name ‘Florentia’ (Latin for ‘flowering’). Located on Via Cassia, the main route between Rome and the north, and in the fertile Arno valley, the settlement quickly became an important commercial center.

Florence is the most pronounced Renaissance city in Italy. Nowhere else in Italy there are so many buildings and artworks from this period. (early 14th to 16th centuries). The turbulent political history of the city includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family.

Below are some photos made during a visit to Florence. Click on a miniature-photo to enlarge it, then navigate using the arrows left/right of the photo or use the cursor keys on your keyboard.