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Florence and the Chianti Classico revolution

Florence has had more influence on European culture than almost any other city in Europe. It was the cradle of the Renaissance, and counts artists Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci among its most famous exports. This was also the city that produced Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, who between them pioneered the use of a language that became the basis for modern Italian. Florentine musicians invented opera; its scientists laid the ground work for modern physics, astronomy and anatomy; its architects influenced the way that every major European city was built; and its political geniuses invented political science. In the 13th century, Florentines reinvented money in the form of the gold florin. The wealth this brought to the city led to the rise of a banking industry unlike any the world had seen before. The Florentine bankers financed industry, culture and exploration across Europe, driving the continent out of the Dark Ages. But despite a reputation for artistic genius and spectacular architecture, Florence’s greatest contribution to history has perhaps been Chianti. There has always been an …