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Firenze is the Italian name for the city commonly known in English as Florence, the capital city of the Tuscany region in central Italy.

Firenze | 0 to the 9th century AD

Roman Period
In ancient times, the site of Firenze was likely inhabited by various Italic and Etruscan communities. Firenze, known as Florentia in Latin, was established by the Romans in the first century BC as a settlement for their veteran soldiers.

Early Christianity
During the early centuries of the Common Era, Firenze became a center of early Christianity. The presence of Christian communities and churches began to grow.

Roman and Barbarian Invasions
Florence, like many Roman settlements, experienced the political and social upheavals associated with the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century. Barbarian invasions, including those by the Visigoths and later the Lombards, impacted the region.

Byzantine Influence
Following the fall of Rome, Firenze came under Byzantine influence as part of the Exarchate of Ravenna.

Lombard Rule
The Lombards, a Germanic people, established the Lombard Kingdom in Italy, and Firenze fell under Lombard rule in the sixth century.

Frankish Period
With the Carolingian conquests in the eighth century, Firenze and the region became part of the Carolingian Empire, ruled by Charlemagne and his successors.

See also
Byzantine Empire | The Legend of King Arthur
Datis of Tuscany | The Legend of King Arthur
Longinus | The Legend of King Arthur
Priamus of Tuscany | The Legend of King Arthur