Florence and its countryside

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 380,000 inhabitants, expanding to over 1,520,000 in the metropolitan area. It has the distinction of being the cradle of the Renaissance, the home of Michangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Dante, Machiavelli, Donitello, and hundreds more. It comes alive under the thrust of thousands of tourists every day.