Pisa, Train Journey to Florence

The plan was to go to Florence, the political capital of Tuscany and the cultural capital of Italy, the city of the Medici and the Renaissance and a UNESCO World heritage site.  The Medici were a powerful and influential Florentine family from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries who produced three Popes and a succession of rulers of Florence and the family was also a leading influence at the beginning of the Italian Renaissance.  Florence was also very briefly between 1865 and 1871 the capital of unified Italy before, much to the relief of the taxpayers of the city, the privilege and the expense was transferred to Rome.

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