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  • 1 Church of Santa Maria Novella Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Maria Novella I - 50123 Firenze

    Begun in 1279 as part of an attempted reconciliation between Guelphs and Ghibellines, work continued on this Dominican foundation until 1360. Dating from the middle of the 14C, the lower section of the façade has white and green marble geometric patt..

  • 2 Piazza di Santa Croce Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza S. - Croce 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, ..

  • 3 Church of Santa Croce Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Santa Croce 16 I - 50122 Firenze

    This Franciscan church was begun in 1295 to the designs of Arnolfo di Cambio, but the neo-Gothic façade dates from the 19C. The inside is composed of the chancel and ten elegant frescoed chapels. Note the Bardi Chapel, decorated with scenes from the ..

  • 4 San Miniato al Monte Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. del Monte alle Croci I - 50125 Firenze

    Slightly away from the city, the Hill Promenade offers superb glimpses of the city from the Oltrarno. Above Michelangelo Esplanade, the 11 and 12C Romanesque church of San Miniato is reached by a twisting, winding road. It was built in memory of the ..

  • 5 Sassetti Chapel - Church of Santa Trinita Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za S.-Trinita I - 50123 Firenze

    Created by Ghirlandaio in 1483, the decorative scheme of the Sassetti Chapel is Santa Trinita's main attraction. Relating the Life of St Francis of Assisi, the artist painted a series of portraits of his contemporaries. In the depicted scenes may be ..

  • 6 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, ..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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 ..

  • 9 Palazzo Pitti Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza dei Pitti 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 ..

  • 10 Piazza della Signoria Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza della Signoria I - 50122 Firenze

    Historically and to this day the political heart of Florence, with a backdrop formed by the Palazzo Vecchio, the loggia della Signoria and the Uffizi beyond, the square traces its origins to the 13C, when the Guelphs defeated the Ghibellines and tore..

  • 11 Ponte Vecchio Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ponte Vecchio 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 ..

  • 12 Viale Gabriele d'Annunzio Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v.le Gabriele-D'Annunzio I - 50135 Settignano

    Heading out of Florence through Coverciano, this long winding road climbs the hillside affording lovely views of the countryside and the magnificent houses bordering it. Halfway along, Villa Contri di Mezzaratta overlooks a little valley to the left ..

  • 13 Villa Gamberaia Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    v. del Rossellino 72 I - 50135 Settignano

    This plain 17C villa is surrounded by a superb garden, comprising a formal layout of yew, cypress and box trees, grassy walks flanked by hydrangeas, azaleas, camellias, pots of lemon, grapefruit and mandarin trees and also grottoes with rock gardens...

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Museo di Storia della Scienza Interesting

    Museums and art

    P.za dei 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..

  • 16 Museo Stibbert 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..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 Museo delle Porcellane Interesting

    Museums and art

    Jardins de Boboli 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..

  • 19 Medici Villas in Castello Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. di Castello 4 I - 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 ..

  • 20 Santa Maria Novella cloisters Interesting

    Religious buildings

    P.za S. Maria Novella 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..

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