Florence still fascinates — even if the city on the Arno River is often overrun by masses of tourists. Especially on the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest medieval bridge, there is a lot of activity, as well as in front of the cathedral and the Baptistery with its gold-plated doors, known as the “Gates of Paradise”. 

The Medici bankers’ family had a particular influence on the cityscape: in the 15th century, they shaped Florence according to their wishes — with large Renaissance-style buildings such as the Uffizi, today one of the most important art museums in the world.  

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