The city on the Arno was at this time one of Europe's foremost trading metropoles. Here the currents of culture and politics converged.
In Florence, liberal and open-minded as it was, there emerged a broad class of industrious citizens who had made their fortunes in trade.
Suddenly they were able to afford education - a privilege hitherto the preserve of a few aristocrats and priests. They studied and absorbed the thoughts of the writers of Antiquity, developed them further, thus creating the foundations for a completely new attitude to human existence.
Our present-day understanding as modern Europeans is based on this new school of thought, in which Florence played a decisive role.
Composed by: Antonio Vivaldi
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