Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany 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, Florence 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 to 1871 the city was also 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 72nd most visited in 2009, with 1,685,000 visitors. 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. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace, amongst others, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics.Florence is also an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked within the top fifty fashion capitals of the world; furthermore, it is also a major national economic centre, being a tourist and industrial hub. In 2008, the city had the 17th highest average income in Italy.
Annually, thousands of students from around the world pass through Florence participating in abroad study programmes. Why so many international students? Well, the world famous art and fashion is certainly among major draws. But that's only a partial side of what study abroad in Florence has to offer. How about delicious Italian cuisine, legendary architecture, pulsating nightlife and world-class education?
Even if you don't speak Italian, we make it possible for you study in English and a study abroad program in your life in Florence is something you should get in on. Immediately.
FLORENCE, capital of the region of Tuscany, has a population of around half a million inhabitants, spreads on the banks of the Arno, between the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian seas, almost in the middle of the Italian peninsula. Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, and the Oltrarno section of Florence will expose you to the city's newest generation of artisans and craftspeople. The Uffizi Gallery, has collections that includes works by Cimabue, Da Vinci and Botticelli. The Academia Gallery close to the Duomo (the Cathedral church) holds the great work of Michelangelo - The statue of David.
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