"Florence" Florence by Polly74
Florence Travel Guide: 5,300 reviews and 11,821 photos
It takes a long time before visiting Florence, but I immediately felt in love for this city.
I loved its charm, all the beauties you can find there, and to walk around watching shops.
An other thing I really appreciated is finally to look with my eyes the monuments, the scultures and the paintings I always studied about during my history of arts' classes.
The name of the city comes from the Roman colony of Florentia, founded in 59 BC.
Florence was a small regional capital until 1865, when it was proclaimed the capital of Italy. Finding buildings for the Court, Ministries and offices of the Kingdom of Italy was not a problem in a city with a palace at every street corner. Housing 20,000 government bureaucrats created many problems. The domino effect resulted in the kicking of the lower classes out of their dwellings. The center of the town was taken over by slums, the middle classes moved to the suburbs.
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