The are of the Oltrarno comprehends the districts of Santo Spirito and San Frediano. It’s named Oltrarno from the combination of Oltre L’Arno which means beyond the Arno river, this was the way Florentines used to call the area beyond the river from the Duomo,  you might also hear Di là D’Arno.

The Oltrarno

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It’s probably the most characteristic areas of Florence, once upon a time the area was for the workforce of ancient Florence, small houses, not very tall buildings homed the daily workers crossing the bridge for the every days work in construction, work of arts and all kinds of production in central Florence.

Santo Spirito in Florence Italy

Today is a very requested lodging area with many bed and breakfasts, apartments for rent, small boutique hotels and a myriad of restaurants, osterie, cafe, bar and more.  There are also interesting monuments to see.

What to see

The Brancacci Chapel

The Brancacci Chapel is located on the right side of the major altar in the Church of S. Maria del Carmine in Florence.  The name is from the Brancacci family, owner of the Chapel, that commissioned the famous…

Secret Garden Giardino dell’ Iris

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Orto Botanico Florence

Botanic Garden Florence or Giardino dei Semplici

The Florentine botanic garden is also known as  “il giardino dei semplici”, which brought to English means the simple garden. The name itself gives us an idea that it isn’t one of those gardens that glow with beauty,…

Facade of Church of Santo Spirito

The Church of Santo Spirito

The Church of Santo Spirito is one of the main examples of the early Renaissance. It is located in the Oltrarno district of the city of Florence, with its naked and unmistakable facade overlooking the main square. The basilica,…

The Wooden Christ of Michelangelo

The Crucifix of the Santo Spirto is a poly-chrome wooden sculpture (139 x 135 cm) by Michelangelo Buonarroti, dating back to 1493, displayed in the sacristy of the church of Santo Spirito in Florence. Michelangelo was accepted in…

Church of Santa Maria del Carmine Florence

Church of Santa Maria del Carmine

The church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence overlooks the square of Piazza del Carmine. It is famous for hosting the frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel, a fundamental work of Renaissance art, decorated by Masaccio and Masolino…

What to eat & drink

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5 budget restaurants in Oltrarno Florence

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Il Ristoro Dei Perditempo in Santo Spirito

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Mama Backery Florence

Mamma’s Bakery: American delights

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Trattoria da Sabatino: Affordable, Good, Homey!

Trattoria Sabatino in Florence is a real institution in the district of San Frediano, everybody knows the family that has run for generations this homey restaurant.  Locals go there on a daily basis, expect to find folks of…

Trattoria Vittoria in Florence

Trattoria Vittoria in Florence: Specialty Seafood in Florence

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What to do and Where to go out

The little fair of Santo Spirito

The Little Fair of Santo Spirito

Piazza Santo Spirito, San Frediano, the Oltrarno in general are well known among Florentines for being cute popular places, popular here intended for with folk rather than famous.  There are dozens of streets where you’ll still see small…

Cabiria Bar in Florence

Night Life in Santo Spirito Florence

Santo Spirito is a great district for night life with its many bars, cafe and restaurants all around the Piazza, it can get very active at night, especially in summer.  For those that don’t want to jam in…

Giardino Torrigiani in Florence

A visit to Giardino Torrigiani in Florence

Il Giardino Torrigiani is located in Florence between Via de ‘Serragli, Via del Campuccio and the stretch of wall that runs along the Viale Francesco Petrarca.  Since Florence does not offer much green spaces, for a one day…

Secret Garden Giardino dell’ Iris

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Orto Botanico Florence

Botanic Garden Florence or Giardino dei Semplici

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