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Florence is located in northern Italy, and is the capital of both the region and the province of Tuscany.The city has about 400,000 inhabitants (2009), located on both sides of the river Arno, at the foothills of the Apennines.
Florence is one of the leading cultural cities and tourist resorts, and is also a major commercial and financial center for the region. The city – which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is famous for its magnificent art collections, its historical sites and beautiful architecture from the late Middle Ages.
A number of bridges over the river Arno binds neighborhoods together, and the most famous is the “Ponte Vecchio” from 1345 – where you can find many jewelery stalls.
One of the greatest sights of Florence’s famous cathedral “Santa Maria del Fiore” from the late 1200’s. Cathedral dome (which is approx. 100 meters high) is from 1461. Outside the cathedral is a replica of Michelangelo’s statue “David”, which is also worth a visit.
Other popular tourist attractions in the city include Campanile (bell tower) of marble from 1358, the beautiful octagonal baptistery (dåpskirken) from 1180 with its 3 famous bronze doors, the fortress Forte di Belvedere, city walls from the late 1200s and the Uffizi Gallery – which is one of the world’s most famous art museums. Here visitors can see an exhibition of works created by such Giotto, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
The area surrounding Florence is famous for its beautiful scenery and many tourists find their way up into the hills, where there are great views over the city.
The city’s international airport – Aeroporto di Florence – “Peretola” – located 10 miles northwest of downtown.