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Florence (Italian: Firenze, Latin: Florentia) is the capital city of the
Italian region of
and of the province of Florence.
It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 370,000 inhabitants,
expanding to over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area.
Florence is famous for its history: a centre of medieval European trade and finance
and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, it is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance,
and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages".
A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family
and numerous religious and republican revolutions.
From 1865–71 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.
The Historic Centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year, and Euromonitor International ranked
the city as the world's 89th most visited in 2012, with 1.8m visitors.
It was declared a World Heritage Site
by UNESCO in 1982.
The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments.
The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the
and the Palazzo Pitti
and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics.
Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by
as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
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