Well known around the world for its history and extraordinary beauty, Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. It was vastly recognized, during the Middle Ages, as one of the most important centers of European trade and finance and was therefor one of the wealthiest cities of its time. Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and has earned its nickname as "the Athens of the Middle Ages". Millions of tourists visit Florence each year for its incomparable beauty and history as well as for its artistic and architectural heritage. In Florence tourists can admire legendary masterpieces by the fathers of Italian paining: Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Masaccio and Brunelleschi. More recently the city is making way also as one of the fashion capitals of the world and has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.