art & culture
Pretty woman, walkin' down the street
Downtown florence, south carolina
There is a bigger Florence (Firenze) in the world. The one in Europe far more famous, older and historically richer. That Florence or Firenze as in Italy has nearly 400,000 inhabitants in the city proper and 1.5 million in its metropolitan area. As the capital of Italian region of Tuscany, Firenze has many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Architecture include the Duomo, a well-known and often pictured cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s infamous “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”
At lunch our beautiful Library Restaurant hostess strikes a pose for us in downtown Florence on Dargan Street in the heart of Florence's Arts and Cultural District with Florence Museum, Francis Marion Performing Center of Art and Florence Little Theatre all in walking distance. Our hostess is a new transplant to Florence who hails from New York City's metro region in New Jersey. At the Library, a popular restaurant for lunch and dinner in Florence, the big speciality is Bourbon and globally inspired tapas.
Florence, South Carolina, is much smaller than Firenze and much younger than Italy's Florence founded in 59 BC.
South Carolina's Florence was chartered in 1871, a decade after the start of the American Civil War, and incorporated in 1890, two years after the formation of Florence county out of Marion county to the north.
It was named after General W. W. Harllee's daughter who was named "Florence". General Harllee was president of the Wilmington & Manchester Railroad and his home was built at the junction where Wilmington & Manchester intersected with Northeastern Railroad in the center of the community that would become City of Florence and county seat of Florence county.