Continuing our virtual educational tour, our next stop is Florence, Italy. The legions of Julius Caesar founded the village in 59BC and named it Florentia. It’s where you will find the gold-filled Ponte Vecchio which survived World War II intact because Hitler decided it was too beautiful to destroy.
Florence is the birthplace of the piano and of opera. A great landmark is the Duomo which took 140 years to build. Did not know that the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale was born in Florence in 1820.
The city was home to some very famous “Paisanos” including Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Michelangelo (sculpted David – this picture), Dante Alighieri, Galileo Galilei, Niccolo Machiavelli, Giovanni Boccaccio, Amerigo Vespucci (America was named after him), and of course, the noble Medici family that ruled the city for 350 years.
If you like gelato, thank Florence where it was invented in the 16th century. If you like the romance of Italian words, thank Florence whose dialect was the foundation the language.
Need more. It’s the home of Pinocchio and where the first version of rugby was played.
Florence is one of my family’s favorite cities in the world and we have walked its streets many times. It’s a place where endless curiosity can lead to amazing adventures that remind you what is the secret to success.
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