Flower seller in Florence. Bouquetières à Florence, 1840.
The flower seller making a sales pitch, the city of Florence in the background.
Florence is the capital as well as the largest city of the Tuscany region. Florence is famous for its history. As the centre of late medieval European trade and finance, it was one of the richest cities of the 15th and 16th centuries. Florence is considered the cradle of the Renaissance. Due to its cultural importance – especially for the fine arts – it was also referred to as the “Italian Athens” as early as the 19th century.
Source: “Voyage d’Italie, partie septentrionale” di Paul De Musset.
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