Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It gained wealth and power as a center of trade and finance during the late middle ages. Under the patronage of the Medici family during the Renaissance, Florence became a center for art and literature. Dante, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Machiavelli, Galileo and many more contributed to the rich heritage of this city. It was named a World Heritage site in 1982, noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture, monuments, art galleries, and museums such as the Uffizi, the Accademia and Palazzo Pitti.