Last Updated: 10th Mar 2014

<p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/europe/mattyvcontiki/Florence_duomo_from_bell_tower.jpg" class="rightwise" alt="" /></p> <p>Florence (Italian: Firenze) is only a small city on the banks of the Arno River in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/italy">Italy</a>. The capital of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tuscany">Tuscany</a>, it is easily most famous for being the focal point and home of the Renaissance period of history (late 15th through 17th centuries).</p> <p>During this time the city was home to the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci, Machiavelli,Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli, Lippi and many, many more.</p> <p>History, art, and culture all combine in almost everything you can see and touch but these days the city is also well know for it fantastic food, shopping and nightlife.</p> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/history-florence">History</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/buildings-and-architecture-florence">Buildings and Architecture</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/food-and-drink-florence">Food and Drink</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/galleries-and-museums-florence">Galleries and Museums</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/walking-tour-florence">Guided Tour</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/shopping-florence">Shopping</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/nightlife-florence">Nightlife</a></li> </ul>