If Petrach were alive he would obviously say: "Florence is the city that drove Europe out of Dark Ages".
The Italian scholar and poet was right. Economically, politically and culturally dominant, Florence was second-to-none in Europe for about 250 years. It is in Florence that the gold florin was invented leaving major European countries from Britain, Lyon to Hungary in its wake in terms of cultural development.
It is a city that shaped European development from 1300 to early 1500s financing English Kings and revolutionizing ancient Rome, as well as shaping the whole European cityscape from Barcelona to St Peterburg by with its Renaissance style.
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It was Renaissance Florence that introduced the world to a style seen in building wordwide - neoclassical.
It happened thanks to the Medici family, a dynasty that changed the world. Passionate for art, Catherine a wife of famed Henry III, ruled France after her husband died and she instilled her passion on Florence making the country art-oriented.
When in Florence check out its famous Opera House, the art form was first invented in Florence and became widespread across the world ever since.
- Uffizi and Pitti Palace are famous worldwide galleries that preserve brilliant masterpieces
- Bargello and the Museum of the Works of the Duomo shape the architectural body of the city containing the works of Donatello, Verrochio, Desiderio da Settignano, and Michelangelo
- Brunelleschi's dome - the largest and technologically-complex cathedral ever built in the 1200s
With the establishment of Brunelleschi's dome, Pope Boniface VIII said that the universe was made out of five elements - Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and FLORENTINES.
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