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History of Florence

The Beginning of Florence, Italy

The Beginning of Florence, Italy

In 59 B. C. during the time of Caesar a colony was established on the banks of River Arno, where retired servicemen and legionnaires were housed. It was called Colonia Florentia, meaning the "blossoming colony". In the next 200 years Florence develop...

Middle Ages

Middle Ages

Unfortunately the initial prosperity of Florence was short lived. The burgeoning population was suddenly stunted by numerous invasions such as Ostrogoths, the Byzantines and the Lombards. When the Roman Empire collapsed in the 5th century it affected...

Medici Era Florence

Medici Era Florence

The Medici family was a prosperous family of bankers and merchants who came to power in 1434 under Cosimo il Vecchio (the Elder) when there was great cultural progress. The reign of Lorenzo the Magnificent, grandson of Cosimo was the period known as ...