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Three of Florence's famous landmarks, left to right: the Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge"), the Palazzo Vecchio ("Old Palace"), and the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore ("Duomo").

Florence (Firenze in Italian) is a world famous city in Tuscany, Italy. The cradle of The Renaissance, it is known in large part for the stunning amount of artwork contained within; Michaelangelo's David, one of the most famous sculptures in human history, calls Florence home. So does the Uffizi Gallery, one of the largest art museums in the world.

In the Small Reference Pools 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 Florence include:

  • Dante Alighieri wrote The Divine Comedy when he was exiled from the city. It uses Florence's rich history extensively to explore the extents of Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise.
  • Basically anything that revolves around the life of Italian Renaissance figures who lived or went there at some point such as Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolò Machiavelli, the Medici family, Girolamo Savonarola and Michelangelo Buonarroti (to a lesser extent). Among these:
  • Assassin's Creed II: Much of the early game is spent in Renaissance Firenze, as the protagonist, Ezio Auditore, was born and raised there and ended up helping the Medici against their common enemies, the Pazzi. The mid-to-late 15th century city is recreated in painstaking detail, as well as neighbor smaller cities of Tuscany such as Monteriggioni (the headquarters of the Auditore family and the Tuscany Assassins) and San Gimignano. The DLC Bonfire of the Vanities also takes place there later in the game, with Ezio going up against the Reign of Terror of Girolamo Savonarola. The prequel short film Assassin's Creed: Lineage is also set in Florence, mere days before the game starts.
    • The city is likewise shown in optional flashbacks of Ezio's youth that flesh out his tragic love affair with Cristina Vespucci in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • The Enchantress of Florence. Large portions of the book also take place in India, however.
  • Most of Dan Brown's Inferno (the book and the film) 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.


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