There is not a city in the world that does not feel for good or ill the weight of its past. But in Florence, and for Florence, this weight is on the one hand crushing, while in the other hand it is the thing that shapes the life of today. [...] It is, all the same, the heritage of the past in terms of cultural and traditional significance that still conditions life, the nature of society, the policies, the tastes, the economy and the image of Florence and the Florentines".

Franco Cardini, A short history of Florence

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