Florence is the beautiful capital of the region of Tuscany. Famous for its history, art and culture, it is considered that the Renaissance began here, in the 14th century. If you're interested in a small lesson of history, you should know that Florence was actually the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, from 1865 to 1871. It was only in 1871 when Rome became the capital of the Kingdom and later, capital of the country. Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, being declared so by Forbes. Since the city is very important, it is of course an UNESCO World Heritage site, since 1982. Italian fashion, art, architecture and monuments are what attract millions of tourists here every year. The Pitti Palace and the Uffizi Gallery influence the world of art and politics to this day. The Gallery (in Italian, Galleria degli Uffizi) is one of the oldest and most important museums of art in the Occident. The Palace, situated close to the Ponte Vecchio, is a very important Renaissance palace. A beautiful and very interesting place to visit. Speaking of Ponte Vecchio, this is one of Florence's bridges that can be considered as a small part of history. During World War II, all bridges in Florence was destroyed, except for this one. It is said that Hitler considered it to be too beautiful to be destroyed so he ordered that the "Old Bridge" was to be left intact. Now, you can walk along the medieval bridge and look for a souvenir at the many shops built along it. Among the city's buildings, monuments and churches, there's one particular church that stands out. The Santa Maria del Fiore, or The Duomo as it is also called, is the largest dome in the world to be build with brick and mortar. The dome is astonishing and is definitely a place worth visiting. As you take a walk in Florence, the centre of the city is a must see. Here you can see the famous marble masterpiece of Bartolomeo Ammannati, The Fountain of Neptune, officially finished in 1565. There are numerous other statues here, in the Piazza della Signoria. Donatello, Cellini, Giambologna are all famous Italian sculptors whose statues are exposed to the public. Well, some of them were replaced with copies to preserve the originals as they were targeted by vandals over the years. If you're interested in very famous statues, you should visit the Palazzo Vecchio. It's the town hall of Florence but it also houses a museum where you can see Michelangelo's statue, David, and more one of a kind sculptures. Florence is one of the most important art centers in the world. Even the city's squares, parks and cafes have a piece of history attached to them. For example, the Caffè Giubbe Rosse was an important meeting place for poets like Giuseppe Prezzolini, Giovanni Papini and many others. Dante Alighieri was born here in 1265, Giovanni Boccaccio and Sandro Botticelli as well. And so many other important figures in history. As many other Italian cities, Florence is a great place to visit. Museums, monuments and the local cuisine, famous for its wine and cheese, are perfect to create great memories that will last for a lifetime.