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This little-visited church was one of Florence's most important churches during the Renaissance. Botticelli is buried here, along with his muse, Simonetta Vespucci. Don't miss the exquisite Domenico Ghirlandaio "Last Supper," the very one Leonardo...more
The church was closed on May 1st; we had been very fortunate to visit it several years ago, but at that time we had not seen Ghirlandaio’s masterpiece, “The Last Supper”. Well, this time we got lucky: the Convent refectory, where the beautiful fresco is,...More
Forget the inside of the Duomo....Ognissanti is incredible. FILLLED with art and history. You will be humbled. Admission is free (unbelievable). Bottlicelli is buried here. Across from the church you have beautiful views of Florence and it is a short walk to Ponte Vecchio.
This was the parish church of the Vespucci family, and Amerigo Vespucci is shown in one of Ghirlandaio's frescoes, Madonna della Misericordia. Botticelli's tomb is here, too. It also has a nice cloister, which we missed somehow.
This is not on the priority list of the Florence visitors. But the art works what you find there are from the best masters of Italy, including Giotto, Ghirlandaio, the tomb of Boticelli all are remarkable.
We were on our way to see the “Reversed Balcony” when we saw the Franciscan church of San Salvatore di Ognissanti, which was open. In Italy, no matter where you are, if you see a church go in it - you will be amazed at...More
With so many incredible sights in Florence, this church will usually not be on a first visit list, but make a place for it if you can. There are some wow pieces here including a Crucifix with quite a story. Neglected for centuries, it was...More
This is an art paradise. There is a Giotto cross hanging near the main altar, St. Augustine by Botticelli and St. Jerome by Ghirlandaio are frescoes here. Amerigo Vespucci and Simone Vespucci are buried here. Caroline Bonaparte has a marvelous chapel that was just refurbished...More
Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the majority of the people arriving in Florence, which might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists come across the constant hustle and bustle of the station before exiting, taking a few steps and stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is impossible not to admire the the square, housing one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The
area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.