Florence – Peyton

  • Florence was founded in 59 BC as a settlement for former soldiers who were allotted land by Julius Caesar
  • In 1257 the city was ruled by a podestà, the Guelph Luca Grimaldi
  • Art began to show up in Florence throughout the 14th-16th centuries
  • The German officer in charge, Gerhard Wolf, ordered the bridge not to be blown up, because he had been a student in Florence before the war. Now there is a memorial plaque on the bridge because he spared it
  • In 1966, the Arno river flooded and killed at least 40 people, along with millions of rare artifacts found in Florence
  • In 2002, Florence was the seat of the first European Social Forum
  • In 1993 the Mafia set a bomb that blew up in the via de Georgofili,  killing 5 people, and destroying parts of the museum called the Torre Dei Pulci
  • In the 19th century the population of Florence doubled, and tripled in the 20th century with the growth of tourism, trade, financial services and the industry
  • In 1529, Spain attacked Florence and took it over. Rome and the Pope helped to restore Florence after Italy took it back
  • Florence’s main area expansion took place in the 12th century

Author: Jennie.Denney

Jennie lives in Southern California with her husband and four children. She loves to travel, write poetry, and be by the water. She received a certificate of the Bible through Torchbearers Bible School, attended Hope International University for her undergrad, received a certificate in Spiritual Formation through the Apprentice Experience at Friends University, and a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies. She has written Soul Cries: A Book of Poems, Soul Cries: A Journal, and her newest book is Shaping the Soul: An Artist Collective. She owns and manages www.jenniedenney.com, where she writes a weekly blog with stories, practices, and lessons she is learning, to help her readers know they are not alone in their own becoming and encouraging them to connect with God. Follow her on IG @jennie.denney and Pinterest @jenniferpdenney.

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