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Florence (Italian: Firenze) is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence.

Florence is famous for its history. A centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages.

The historic centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the city is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments.

Florence is also an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked within the top fifty fashion capitals of the world.

Major buildings in this image are (from left to right) Palazzo Vecchio, Campanile di Giotto, Battistero di San Giovanni, Badia Fiorentina, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore,
Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore di Firenze, Basilica di Santa Croce.

This panorama image was taken on a cold morning just after 5am ... what a STUNNING city, I just want to go back. The sooner the better :-)

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