Historic city and World Heritage Site

In 2005, when the World Heritage Office of the City of Florence was created, there was a lack of awareness among the local community that the centre of Florence had been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and what benefits and responsibilities this would bring.

The Firenze perBene (for good) project has helped to foster a greater awareness of the value of the World Heritage Site among residents, students, and visitors, encouraging sustainable practices while living in and visiting the historic centre

Florence World Heritage site

The project circulated a map containing information on public services, and a ‘Decalogue’ with ten suggestions on how to best enjoy the city and take advantage of the services offered while respecting the site and its values.

Around 30,000 Decalogues were distributed, and educational programmes engaging hundreds of university, secondary school and primary school students were launched to further increase awareness. The Firenze perBene project also supports community participation activities and public realm enhancement projects, such as the refurbishment of the Piazza Tre Re.

Florence World Heritage site
© Niccolò Bandini

Enhancement of Piazza Tre Re

Piazza Tre Re is one of the oldest medieval squares in Florence, located in the heart of the historic centre of Florence. Despite its central position, the square has been the subject of neglect for many years.

Florence World Heritage site
© Matteo Nannelli

Through the collaboration of key stakeholders, the piazza was cleaned and a call for tenders led to the redevelopment of the area, creating a space for locals to meet and relax. By putting local people back into the heart of the piazza, with a calendar of cultural events through the summer and a lively use of the space year-round, the piazza has been granted a new lease of life.

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World Heritage Site fact file

Florence, Italy

Florence is a symbol of the Italian Renaissance, and the historic centre has been a World Heritage Site since 1982. Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, the city rose to economic and cultural pre-eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be seen most prominently in the 13th-century cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), and the work of great masters such as Botticelli and Michelangelo in the Uffizi Gallery.

Florence World Heritage site
© Laura Plumina

Florence land occupation

These data maps have been produced by A’Urba for Bordeaux Metropole. Within the AtlaS.WH partnership, Bordeaux was responsible for providing management tools to illustrate key land use data comparable between the five partner cities.

Map of Florence with data sets