According with EU Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor Florence is fifth for creativity and culture among the big European cities, and even before for its cultural vivacity. It is the portrait of Florence offered by the EU Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, the new EU Commissioner who measures the performance of cities in terms of creativity and culture and impacts on growth, employment and social development.

The Tuscan capital is defined by EU experts as “perhaps the best example of a creative historical town”, which in 1986 became the second city to be awarded the title ‘European Capital of Culture’. “Artistic creativity” that has marked the history of Florence “remains reflected in its museums known throughout the world and in its architectural heritage,” but the city is also home to a “well-established” fashion industry.

Among 36 European centers with a population of between 250,000 and 500,000, Florence is the fifth in terms of creativity and culture, thanks in particular to the “vivacity” of the city’s atmosphere, namely the quality and attractiveness of its museums, theaters, cinemas And concerts. However, according to EU Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, the general ranking of the capital is conditioned by its 19th place for the quality of the environment that facilitates creativity and the 21st in terms of creative economy. In the same category as Florence, the most creative city palm in the city of Edinburgh, followed by Karlsruhe (Germany), Utrecht (Netherlands) and Nuremberg (Germany).

One of the EU Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor indicators that Italian cities can imitate is that of cultural livelihood, while almost all fall apart with respect to the environment that facilitates creativity and in terms of the creative economy that can be developed, Which probably means that there are structural problems, very Italian, independent of individual cities. In general, as far as our country is concerned, the gap between North and South is still very large.

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