Lead: In During the summer of 1348, the growth and activity of the most celebrated city of the Italian Renaissance came to a sudden halt due to an epidemic called the Black Plague (or Black Death).

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Picturesque Florence, Italy, located in the province of Tuscany at the foothills of the Apennines Mountains, is divided by the Arno River. In the early history of Florence, during the Roman rule, Julius Caesar (in 59 BC) named the small colony he set up on the Arno “Florentia,” Latin for blossoming.

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