Let's visit this beautiful city together. Florence is the capital city of the region of Tuscany. The city of Florence has a population of 370,000 expanding to over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area. The people of Florence are called Florentines, or Fiorentino in Italian. Florence attracts over 10 million visitors per year.



For your preparation we have found 15 interesting facts for you:


  1. In 1339 Florence became the first city in Italy, in fact all of Europe, to have paved streets, before Rome, Milan and Venice
  2. Nearly a third of the world’s art treasures reside in Florence, according to UNESCO.
  3. The Galleria degli Uffizi boasts the world's largest collection of Renaissance art, largely collected by members of the Medici family during the 16th and 17th centuries.
  4. Pinocchio, the wooden boy whose nose grows when he lies, came from Florence. “Le Avventure di Pinocchio” was published between 1881 and 1883 by Carlo Lorenzini (Collodi), a Florentine by birth
  5. "Il Duomo" of Florence took approximately 140 years to build (1296-1436).
  6. The Duomo has 463 stone steps, if you can climb to the top you can reach the cupola for a close-up of The Last Judgement and a sweeping view of the city.
  7. The emblem of Florence is a red lily, the representation of which derives from the Florentine Iris, a white flower that was very common in the local area.
  8. One of the symbols of Florence is the Marzocco, a seated lion with the emblem of Florence resting on its paw. One little-known curiosity is that live lions were once kept in cages behind Palazzo Comunale, in the street that is still known as Via dei Leoni today.
  9. Florence is traditionally divided into four quarters, named after the most important churches: Santa Maria Novella, San Giovanni, Santa Croce and the quarter of Santo Spirito.
  10. Florence was severely damaged during World War II by the Germans, who blew up all its bridges except the Ponte Vecchio as it is alleged Hitler declared it too beautiful to destroy.
  11. The statue of David by Michelangelo can be found at The Accademia, it is 14 feet and 3 inches high. The right hand of the statue of David is disproportionately large compared to the body because in the Middle Ages David was commonly said to be of “manu fortis” – strong of hand.
  12. Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio were the first to use a language other than Latin, namely Tuscan which eventually became the recognized Italian language. This was the beginning of the end of Latin being used as the common language throughout Europe.
  13. Basilica di San Lorenzo is one of the oldest churches of Florence and was the burial place of all the principal members of the Medici family.
  14. A famous Florentine specialty is the bistecca alla Fiorentina, a mammoth chargrilled t-bone steak.
  15. Tuscan bread is traditionally made without salt, and it’s been this way since the 12th century, according to popular legend. That legend says that during the historical rivalry with Pisa, the Pisans thought blocking shipments of salt would force the Florentines to surrender in whatever battle they were involved with at the time. Instead, the people of Florence just made their bread without salt.


We will start the day with keynote speeches followed by our workshops. After the workshop sessions, we will have our grand finale at a secret place. Make sure that you get yourself dressed up for the MASQUERADE BALL.


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