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Italy Facts & Information

 Location Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea
 Climate Mediterranean, Alpine in far north, hot, dry in south
 Terrain Mostly rugged and mountainous, some plains, coastal lowlands
 Population 58,103,033
 Nationality Italian
 Ethnic groups Italians
 Religions Roman Catholic with mature Protestant and Jewish communities
 Languages Italian
 Government Type Republic
 Capital Rome
 Currency Euro (EUR)
 Description of Flag Three equal vertical bands of green, white, and red.
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Florence Culture

In a city such as Florence, you will find yourself surrounded by history. The present day people of Florence are clearly different from their ancestors, but they still embrace the same admiration for art and tradition. Citizens such as Michaelangelo, Brunelleschi, and Cambio have eternalized the historical culture of the city. Today, people continue to support Florence’s famed sculptures, paintings, and architecture, through renovation and celebration.

The crowds in the great Piazzas are a constant part of the Florentine scenery, as the city is highly driven by tourism. Students, teachers, vacationers, gypsies, and residents alike mingle in the streets and take in the art that is a seemingly natural element of the city’s surroundings.

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Florence Shopping

Most major cities in Italy have a distinct reputation for shopping, and Florence is no exception. If you intend on shopping in Florence, you must visit the Ponte Vecchio, or “Old Bridge.” Since the late sixteenth century, the street on this bridge has been known for its jewelry shops. Windows are often self-illuminated by the great amount of shining gold jewelry on display. Apart from the Ponte Vecchio, there are several other areas around Florence that cater to various shoppers.

Throughout the city you will find markets that sell an assortment of trinkets and memorabilia. However, if you are interested in high fashion, take a stroll down the posh Via de Tornabuoni, where you can find designer boutiques, such as Gucci, Versace, Bvlgari, and Ferragamo.


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