Florence (Firenze) is a World Heritage Site that is characterized by culture, Renaissance art, architecture and monuments from the medieval and byzantine eras. The presence of history and high end craftsmanship is all around the streets dated to the middle ages.
The unique aspect of Florence as one of the top 5 fashion capitals, is it’s visible fashion and design system. Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Emilio Pucci are some of the many houses headquartered in Florence. Pitti Uomo, Pitti Donna and Pitti Bimbo set the scene for a tangible approach to fashion that you can feel and touch, while you encounter professionals and buyers. The visibility of fashion in Florence is seen at Scandicci, the manufacturing epicenter for many labels, including Dolce & Gabbana.
Florence is where designer pieces are made to appear on the Milan runway. Fashionistas make a pilgrimage here to shop at the Mall, a luxury outlet in the Tuscan countryside, just a train ride away from the city center.
Although we are accustomed to thinking of Italy as a place with a very long history, the Republic of Italy is actually quite young. Unified in 1861 by Giovanni Garibaldi from a variety of warring kingdoms, city-state and republics, Italy took its present-day shape.
The Renaissance is said to have begun in 14th-century Italy and spread throughout Europe and the rest of the Western world. Nearly every artistic movement since then has had an impact on Italy.
Today, Italy has the 7th-largest economy in the world, although the economic health of the country varies greatly from region to region. Tourism, fashion and automotive industries remain the pillars of the Italian economy.