Florence ‘is the new Portugal’ as Manchester city to join the club of major European cities as Florence joins Lisbon
Florence is now the “new Portugal” and the “capital of the world”, according to the country’s prime minister.
The centre of Florence is set to be renamed “La Paz”, with the capital Florence to be officially unveiled in 2020.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday that the city of 4 million people was the “next step” for the country.
“We are now in a position to be the capital of the whole world.
Florence is the next step,” he said.”
There are a lot of things that we can do in Florence, and we are very ready to do so,” he added.”
In the future, Florence will be a city that will serve the whole of Europe, not just the Portuguese,” Renzi added.
He also said he expected the country to become “the capital of Europe” within the next decade.
“This is not a question of whether we are the capital.
It is a question about how soon we can be the new capital,” he told reporters.
He was speaking at a celebration marking the centenary of the end of World War I.
The announcement was greeted by applause from the audience.
Renzi’s remarks come amid the countrys re-emerging economy and a rise in the number of tourists coming to the city for its many attractions and festivals.
The country has also emerged as a key destination for the world’s most wealthy, including Chinese investors and German multinationals.