Florence (Firenze in Italian) is one of the three most visited cities in Italy. It is famous as the birthplace of the Renaissance when, from the 15th century onwards, there was an extraordinary flowering of the arts and a return to classical ideals. At this time, some of the most important artists who have ever lived were at work in Florence, including Donatello, Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Botticelli, Raphael, Leon Battista Alberti, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Indeed, the last three stand out not only for their artistic achievements but also for their writings and 'universal' talents.
Florence, with a population of around 380,000, has become an international city, with its great monuments, magnificent churches, and most famous museums concentrated in a small area. While you study at NYU in Florence, you’ll have time to discover the charming side streets with the tucked-away cafes and restaurants as well.
The historic center is remarkably well preserved and the low hills which surround the town have retained their vineyards, olive groves, and handsome villas which provide a prelude to the beautiful Tuscan landscape. No visitor should leave Florence without seeing the city from a raised vantage point, from the top of the Duomo or the Campanile, or from one of the surrounding hills.