University of Florence

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The University of Florence (UniversitÓ degli Studi di Firenze, UNIFI) is a university in Tuscany, Italy. It consists of 10 faculties and has currently about 30,000 students enrolled.

History

The University of Florence evolved from the Studium Generale, which was established by the Florentine Republic in 1321. The Studium was recognized by Pope Clement VI in 1349, and authorised to grant regular degrees. It became an imperial university in 1364, but was moved to Pisa in 1473 when Lorenzo the Magnificent gained control of Florence. Carlo VIII moved it back 1397-1515, but it was moved to Pisa again when the Medici family returned to power.

In 1859 it became the Istituto di Studi Pratici e di Perfezionamento, a year later it was recognized as a full fledged university by the government of the unified Italy.

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