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  • 1 Cloisters of Santa Croce: Pazzi Chapel and Museum Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    I - 50122 Firenze

    Two cloisters to the right of the church lead to the Pazzi Chapel and the Sante Croce museum. The first, running alongside the church aisle, has a closed gallery containing gravestones and tombs. It is separated by convent buildings from the great cl..

  • 2 Archeological Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za SS.-Annunziata 9b I - 50121 Firenze

    The museum contains objects and artworks primarily from Etruscan sites and necropolises, plus important Egyptian, Greek and Roman collections. Note in particular the Chimera (early 4C BC) by an Etruscan workshop from the Chiusi or Arezzo region and, ..

  • 3 Palazzo Rucellai Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    V. della Vigna-Nuova 18 I - 50123 Firenze

    Allied to the Medici and Strozzi dynasties, the Rucellai family owed their very name and fortune to the imporation of lichen (called oricella) which was an effective red dye. Their emblem, a sail billowing in the wind, symbolises maritime trade and f..

  • 4 Palazzo Pitti Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 50125 Firenze

    This enormous 15C Renaissance palace dominates a sloping square which it borders on three sides. Only its rusticated masonry blocks soften the massivity of the architecture. Built to plans by Brunelleschi for the Pitti family, a rival dynasty to the ..

  • 5 Certosa (Carthusian Monsatery) Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    della Certosa I - 50124 Galluzzo

    Visitors have access to most of the church although one part dating from the 14C remains the monks' private area. The chapel of Sta Maria leads off to underground chapels where members of the Acciaiuoli family are buried. Don't miss the parlour, wher..

  • 6 Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za San-Lorenzo 9 I - 50123 Firenze

    Founded by Cosimo the Elder, this library was extended by Lorenzo il Magnifico. The entrance is through an entrance on the left side in the church of San Lorenzo or through the delightful 15C cloisters (entrance to the left of the church). Its entran..

  • 7 Loggia della Signoria Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za della Signoria I - 50122 Firenze

    The loggia was constructed at the end of the 14C to accommodate the members of the Florentine government (the Signoria) during official ceremonies. It was later used as a guardroom by Cosimo I's lancers. Today it houses Antique and Renaissance statue..

  • 8 Ponte Vecchio Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 50122 Firenze

    The city's oldest surviving bridge replaced a stone predecessor built by the Romans slightly upstream. Constructed in 1345 after several earlier attempts were swept away by the river, it spans the Arno at its narrowest point. In 1944 it was the only ..

  • 9 Palazzo Medici-Riccardi Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    V. Cavour 3 I - 50129 Firenze

    In 1444, Michelozzo was commissioned by Cosimo the Elder to build this palace, which was to form the backdrop for the brilliant humanist court of his grandson Lorenzo il Magnifico. The building's exterior gives little indication as to the splendour w..

  • 10 Piazza di Santa Croce Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 50122 Firenze

    One of Florence's oldest and most dignified squares, it retains many of its historic buildings. At no1 (opposite the church) is the 15C Palazzo Serristori. At nos21 and 22, flanked to its left by an old building that shares its overhanging frontage, ..

  • 11 Palazzo Strozzi Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za degli Strozzi 1 I - 50123 Firenze

    The youngest of Florence's great Renaissance private palaces and one of the finest examples of domestic architecture of the period anywhere. The rich merchant Filippo Strozzi commissioned Benedetto da Maiano to build it: when the patron symbolically ..

  • 12 Mercato Nuovo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    V. Porta-Rossa I - 50122 Firenze

    It was Cosimo I who, in the 16C, commissioned the building of the loggia of the so-called New Market, recognisable by its elegant Renaissance arcades. Today it houses a market with stalls selling souvenirs, embroidery work, lace, leather and pietre d..

  • 13 Museo Galileo Interesting

    Museums and art

    P.za Giudicci 1 I - 50122 Firenze

    Housed in the austere, medieval-era Palazzo Castellani, this museum dedicated to the history of science holds a rich collection of old scientific instruments. A significant portion of the exhibits comes from the collections of the Medici and Habsburg..

  • 14 Stibbert Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    V. Federico-Stibbert 26 I - 50122 Firenze

    At the entrance to a small, shady park, the Villa Stibbert (19C) houses the art collections brought together by the Garibaldian Anglo-Italian hero Federico Stibbert. They include weapons and armour, sculptures, paintings, furniture, earthenware, tape..

  • 15 Galleria d'Arte Moderna Interesting

    Museums and art

    Au-dessus de la Galleria Palatina I - 50122 Firenze

    The gallery presents primarily Tuscan works, illustrating the various trends in Italian painting and sculpture from the late 18C to the first decades of the 20C. Among the gallery's most notable possessions are an exceptional series of works by the M..

  • 16 Porcelain Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    I - 50122 Firenze

    A double flight of stairs leads to the delightful villa of the Casino del Cavaliere, which was built in the late 17C for Cosimo III de Medici, and now houses the Porcelain Museum. The first rooms contain principally French pieces, including two Sèvre..

  • 17 Medici villas, Castello Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. di Castello 47 I - 50122 Firenze

    In the middle of the 16C the first "secondary homes" came into existence. All grand Florentine families had their own villas, designed by the most prestigious architects. These include the Villa del Castello, bought by the Medici family in ..

  • 18 Monumental cloisters of Santa Maria Novella Interesting

    Religious buildings

    I - 50123 Firenze

    Two decorated cloisters running along the west aisle of the church make Santa Maria Novella one of the most exceptional sites in Florence. They bring to the church-museum three memorable examples of the history of art: the green cloister decorated by..

  • 19 Boboli Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Entrée au fond de la cour intérieure I - 50125 Firenze

    In 1549 Cosimo I commissioned the landscape gardener, Nicola Pericoli, to convert the hill behind the Pitti Palace into a garden. Based on his designs, Ammannati and then Buontalenti turned Boboli into a fine example of an Italian terraced garden, wi..

  • 20 Foundling Hospital Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za Santissima-Annunziata 12 I - 50122 Firenze

    In 1419, with his design for the Foundling Hospital, Brunelleschi marked the beginning of a return to ancient classical style, heralding the era of Renaissance architecture. The portico, with a short flight of steps, is composed of 9 semicircular arc..

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