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Church of Santa Felicita

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Church of Santa Felicita

115 Reviews
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Piazza di Santa Felicita 3 Oltrarno, 50125, Florence Italy
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130Doug wrote a review Feb 2020
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania1,231 contributions143 helpful votes
We had grabbed a quick meal somewhere nearby and just stumbled onto this place. Absolutely beautiful place that you shouldn't miss. It's a bit brighter in this cathedral than in some others. The smell of incense combined with the frescoes and paintings, and we could have stayed in here longer, but it's a big city that calls to every sense!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Stephen P wrote a review Aug 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota954 contributions410 helpful votes
This church was originally built at the end of the Roman road and in its earliest days was Orthodox, as some of the burials show. It was largely rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries (the sacristy dates to the 15th). It was the chapel that the Medici family used and was on the path of the secret Vasari corridor that stretched from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, their residence. They would stop along that corridor and watch from a high balcony at the back of the church. It also contains a baroque painting masterpiece, the Deposition of Pontormo, one of the early baroque masters just subsequent to Michaelangelo, the Renaissance master whose Sistine Chapel ceiling is thought by many to be the first baroque painting. Pontormo's work is full of bright color, energy and flowing energy characteristic of the baroque. And it comes before the high italian baroque wind machine takes over. (My impression of the many of the churches in Rome is the somebody forgot to turn off the wind machine!) The architecture retains a bit of Renaissance sobriety. The paintings in the side chapels are unusually well done baroque pieces as well, although i do not know the painters. I was there in August and there were hordes of tourists (actually a little odd for August which tends to be the quieter month of the summer). Not many stopped in here so it was a nice way to cool off a little and rest our feet in addition to seeing a baroque masterwork. (Males should remember to remove your hat whenever you enter a church in Florence. The idea is not to let anything get between you and God. Some churches are patrolled by scowling monks to remind you.)
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Date of experience: August 2019
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JohnRegoPark wrote a review Mar 2019
Rego Park, New York875 contributions281 helpful votes
This church is conveniently located just on the opposite side of the Ponte Vecchio near the base of the bridge. Walk about forty feet and you will see it on your left at the end of a small plaza. The church is generally open, but closes for about two hours for lunch at around 12:30. The Pontormo painting is immediately to your right when you enter the church. You absolutely cannot miss it, especially since it is beautifully illuminated. The painting was recently restored, as was the whole chapel, and is stunning. There is no cost to enter, and you get the opportunity to see a work in its intended surroundings, instead of on a museum wall.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Lesleyhappydays wrote a review Oct 2018
Manchester, United Kingdom28 contributions2 helpful votes
We stumbled upon this church. The Vasari corridor partially obscured the front of the church. The Medici family attended mass without the general public being able to see them. Contains some impressive artwork. Well worth a visit. No charge.it was very quiet and rather peaceful. Pontormo’s work on the right as you enter.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Ron D wrote a review Jul 2018
Ottawa, Canada1,606 contributions262 helpful votes
Santa Felicita contains some fine artworks, plus the special Medici balcony where the Vasari corridor cuts across the face of the church. This balcony enabled the Medici family to attend mass while walking between Palazzo Pitti and the Uffizi, without having to mingle with commoners. It comes as a bit of a surprise to most visitors, who may have come to see the art of Pontormo.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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