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What to see

Visit Florence – An Archaeological Trail Underneath Palazzo Vecchio

Visit Florence – An Archaeological Trail Underneath Palazzo Vecchio For over seven centuries the Palazzo della Signoria, better known as “Palazzo Vecchio“, has been the symbol of the civil power of the city of Florence. Built between the late…

Via Pietrapiana Florence

Borgo La Croce, Piazza Ghiberti and Via Pietrapiana

The best way to appreciate this area is probably just having a walk around Piazza Beccaria, Borgo La Croce and Via Pietrapiana.  There is a special atmosphere surrounding the area that will make you fall in love with…

Piazza dei Ciompi and the Loggia del Pesce

Piazza dei Ciompi and Loggia del Pesce

Dedicated to the protagonists of the Revolt of the Ciompi, this simple little square was open only in the thirties of the twentieth century when were demolished several blocks of Santa Croce for a renewal of the area.…

The Church of Sant'Ambrogio in Florence

The Piazza, the Church and the Tabernacolo di Sant’Ambrogio

The church of Sant’ Ambrogio was mentioned for the first time in 988 as a building constructed on the site where in the year 393 would have been hosted St. Ambrose in visiting Florence, but perhaps it is…

Public National Library in Santa Croce

The National Central Library of Florence (BNCF) is located in a monumental building along the Arno river in Florence in the district of Santa Croce. It is one of the most important libraries in Europe and the largest…

Cappella dei Pazzi Santa Croce

The Cloister and The Pazzi Chapel

The treasures inside the Church of Santa Croce are good enough for a week of visiting if you drill a bit down.  If you intend to spend little more time in Florence you might want to split the…

Santa Croce Facade

The Church of Santa Croce

The Church of Santa Croce, the famous church where many illustrious Italians are buried is one of the most popular destination for those visiting Florence. Santa Croce is a prestigious symbol of Florence, the meeting place of the greatest…

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…

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…

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,…

Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence

The Ospedale of the Innocenti in Florence

The Foundling Hospital (“Hospital of abandoned children”) is located in Piazza Santissima Annunziata in Florence. It was the first foundling hospital specializing in Europe and one of the first Renaissance architecture, perhaps the first of its kind on…

Piazza Santissima Annunziata Florence

Piazza and Church of Santissima Annunziata

The church is located in the square in the north-east of the city center, close to the Hospital of the Innocents. A primitive church was founded in 1250 by the “Seven Holy Founders” of the Order of the Servants…