Florence is nestled on the banks of the River Arno and the olive tree clad hills. It is one of the most famous and most visited cities in the world. Florence has always had a rich history, with foundations believed to be as early as 200 BC. There has always been a power struggle since the Dark Ages, with families and factions creating conflict with each other. The first conflicts were between supporters of the Pope (Guelphs) and supporters of the Holy Roman Empire in the 13th century. During the time when Lorenzo de Medici was ruler, Florence had an awakening, it was the Italian Renaissance. Lorenzo helped to foster art and music, turning Florence into a impressively cultural place. To this day, Florence has some of the most important Renaissance works in the Churches and buildings, with architecture bound to impress and sites that are world famous.
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