4 Facts About Florence that will Blow Your Mind

Adriana Mattei is a student at Chapman University and an ISA Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Florence, Italy.

1. Il Duomo took about 140 years to build. Il Duomo is also not the official name of the cathedral. The official name is Santa Maria del Fiore.

No matter how many times I see Il Duomo, it always seems so massive to me.
No matter how many times I see Il Duomo, it always seems so massive to me.

2. Florence was very damaged during WWII due to bombings. All bridges were destroyed except for Ponte Vecchio, which Hitler allegedly declared as too beautiful to destroy.

Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio

 

3. Florence attracts over 10 million visitors per year.

he's loving her tourist life!
he’s loving her tourist life!

4. In 1339, Florence became the first city in Europe with paved streets.

Thank goodness for paved roads!!
Thank goodness for paved roads!!

The world awaits…discover it.

2 thoughts

  1. Nice post Adriana, it really looks like you’re having a great time in Florence! Keep up the good work, and I can’t wait to see more posts! xoxo – Marco

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