20 Amazing Facts about Florence

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  1. Florence is the Birthplace of the Piano, Invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori in the 18th Century.

  2. Gucci was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci in Florence.

  3. Florence was the first city in Europe to have paved streets in 1339.

  4. Florence is the Birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci, who was born in the lower valley of the Arno River on the 15th of April 1452.

  5. Florence is the Capital City of the Region of Tuscany.

  6. Between 1865 and 1870, Florence was the Capital city of the United Kingdom of Italy.

  7. The World’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale was born in Florence on the 12th of May 1820.

  8. In the late 16th Century, Opera was Invented in Florence.

  9. The people of Florence spoken Fiorentino, which was the Tuscan dialect and now the parent language of modern Italian.

  10. The Legions of Giulio Ceasar founded the village in 59BC and named it Florentia, Now known as Florence.

  11. The oldest church in Florence is the Basilica di San Lorenzo and burial place of the Medici Family.

  12. Almost a third of the world’s art treasures reside in Florence, according to UNESCO,

  13. The Salvatore Ferragamo Shoe Museum has thousands of pair of shoes on display, one of the oddest Museum.

  14. “Il Duomo” of Florence took approximately 140 years to build.

  15. 8. Between the 13th and 18th centuries, lions were kept in a den in front of the Duomo for the amusement of the citizens and became the symbol of independence for Florence.

  16. The Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge in Florence that survived World War II. Hitler stated that it’s too beautiful to destroy.

  17. The Duomo in Florence is the 3rd largest in the world, only beaten by St.Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St. Paul’s in London.

  18. The Medici family was once the richest family of Florence, they ruled the city for around 350 years, making their fortune themselves as bankers, businessmen, and art dealers as well as gaining political power.

  19. The Grand Duchy of Tuscany was the first state to abolish capital punishment in November 1786.

  20. Florence has had two floods; one on November 4, 1333, and November 4, 1966.


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