Photographer's Note

The cultural and historical impact of Florence is overwhelming. Close up, however, the city is one of Italy's most atmospheric and pleasant, retaining a strong resemblance to the small late-medieval centre that contributed so much to the cultural and political development of Europe.

Its striking buildings, formidable galleries and treasure-crammed churches attest to the Florentine love of display. Even long after it had been eclipsed on the political and economic fronts, Florence upheld its elegant appearance: and its skyline, with its russet rooftops and lofty domes, is indeed picturesque.

The glory of Florence is rooted in its past. The Medicis commanded the city's fortunes for centuries and, as patrons, they encouraged the Renaissance's influence on the city. They are attributed in today's Florence: their family crest of six balls still adorns many public buildings and and their support of many artforms is evident in the city's streets.

Area: 3,514 sq km
Population: 374,500
Country: Italy
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 (Central European Time)
Telephone Area Code: 055


Florence is the capital of the region of Tuscany, on Italy's northwest coast. A good reference point for navigating your way around Florence is its central train station, Santa Maria Novella, although the Duomo is impossible to miss. The city has two airports: Amerigo Vespucci is 5km (3.1mi) northwest of the city centre and Galileo Galilei (for international flights) is about 75km (46.6mi) west of the city. You can walk from one end of the city centre to the other in about 30 minutes.
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Viewed: 1972
Points: 8
Additional Photos by florian magnier (magnier) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 129 W: 52 N: 106] (988)
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