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A centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the richest and wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Florence is often known as the "Jewel of the Renaissance". Florence is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world,and its artistic, historic and cultural heritage and impact in the world remains vast up to this day. The city has also a major European impact in music, architecture, education, cuisine, fashion, philosophy, science and religion.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (La Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Baptistry. Although intended to stand vertically, the tower began leaning to the southeast soon after the onset of construction in 1173 due to a poorly laid foundation and loose substrate that has allowed the foundation to shift direction.

A side street in Florence
A side street in Florence
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Lady on the bus...
The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Click to enlarge)
The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Click to enlarge)
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Florence
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A sculptured door at the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral church (Duomo) of Florence, Italy, begun in 1296 in the Gothic style
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral church (Duomo) of Florence, Italy, begun in 1296 in the Gothic style
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Florence
Florence
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The Baptistry of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni), Pisa, Italy
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The Baptistry of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni), Pisa, Italy
Inside Battistero di San Giovanni
Inside Battistero di San Giovanni
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The Baptistry of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni), Pisa, Italy
The Baptistry of St. John (Battistero di San Giovanni), Pisa, Italy
Tourist jam in Florence
Tourist jam in Florence
Narrow alley in Florence
Narrow alley in Florence
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waiting for the bus...
waiting for the bus...
Florence from the bridge
Florence from the bridge
souveniers
souveniers
Entrance to Pisa
Entrance to Pisa
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral church (Duomo) of Florence, Italy, begun in 1296 in the Gothic style
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral church (Duomo) of Florence, Italy, begun in 1296 in the Gothic style
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The Duomo, the medieval cathedral, entitled to Santa Maria Assunta (St. Mary of the Assumption)
Begun in 1093, Pisa Cathedral (Duomo di Pisa) is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture
Begun in 1093, Pisa Cathedral (Duomo di Pisa) is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture
in Pisa
in Pisa
Statue of David overlooking Florence
Statue of David overlooking Florence
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Artwork on a house, Florence, Italy
Artwork on a house, Florence, Italy
A side street in Florence
A side street in Florence
in Florence
in Florence
Fr. Giovanni monument, Florence
Fr. Giovanni monument, Florence
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at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
A mosaic painting at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
A mosaic painting at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini, named after Francesco Bandini who acquired the work after Michelangelo had attacked it
Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini, named after Francesco Bandini who acquired the work after Michelangelo had attacked it
at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
Milady on my tour bus in Florence, Italy
Milady on my tour bus in Florence, Italy