Florence, or "Firenze" in the native Italian, is one of the world's most famous cities. The cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is known in large part for the stunning amount of artwork contained within; Michaelangelo's David, arguably the most famous sculpture in human history, calls Florence home. So does the Uffizi Gallery, one of the largest art museums in the world.
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of pop culture, a fondness for Florence is used as a quick and easy way of demonstrating a character's erudition and culture.
Works featuring this city include:
- Hannibal: Lecter had expressed his love for the city in The Silence of the Lambs. Upon escaping from prison at the end of that novel, the doctor headed to Florence and was on his way to earning tenure at a prestigious Florentine university before he was discovered by the FBI and Mason Verger's henchmen.
- Assassin's Creed II: Much of the game is spent in Renaissance Florence, which is re-created in painstaking detail.
- Axis Powers Hetalia: Paint it White wherein Firenze is overrun and "drained" by the Pict early on. Apparently, putting white flags over the city didn't help much.
- The Enchantress of Florence. Large portions of the book also take place in India, however.
- Most of Dan Brown's Inferno takes place in Florence, as its plot is heavily mired in Dante Alighieri references.
- Giacomo Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi is set in Florence, and has an aria in praise of the city.