The churches of Florence are more than a hundred. It brought their rich, not only religious but also artistic, is living testimony of the history of Florence. Here we have selected five that are definitely worth a visit.
CATHEDRAL OF SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE
Magnificent and imposing Gothic church built in the thirteenth century by Arnolfo di Cambio. Stands outside the wise use of polychrome marble. Inside is the dome by Brunelleschi and the frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari. Climbing the 463 steps leading to the dome you can enjoy the magnificent view of Florence.
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The ticket includes a visit to the Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi’s Dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Giotto’s Bell Tower and remains of Santa Reparata.
CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA NOVELLA
Gothic church realized externally by Jacopo Talenti and Leon Battista Alberti. Inside the Crucifix by Giotto, Masaccio’s Trinity, the frescoes by Ghirlandaio. The Strozzi Chapel dedicated to St. John the Evangelist shows frescoes by Filippino Lippi. Beside the church stands the Museum with frescoes by Paolo Uccello, the Green Cloister, chapter house or chapel of the Spaniards and various frescoes of Bonaiuto.
You visit a fee on weekdays 9:00 to 17:30 with time, Friday 11:00 to 17:30, Saturday 9:00 to 17:00, 13:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday and religious holidays.
CHURCH OF SANTA CROCE
Built in 1294 by Arnolfo di Cambio, he was devoted to the Order of the Franciscans. The basilica houses the remains of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and Rossini, as well as a monumental tomb of Dante, where, however, are not the remains. The square houses the famous Calcio Storico Fiorentino. The Church has an outer facade of polychrome marble. The famous Annunciation by Donatello, frescoes by Giotto and Gaddi.
Paid visit from 9:30 to 17:00 from Monday to Saturday; from 13:00 to 17:00 on Sundays and public holidays. Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, June 13, October 4, 25 and 26 December.
BASILICA OF SAN LORENZO
The monumental complex of San Lorenzo includes the famous Medici Chapels. Inside are buried six of the Medici grand dukes, princes of the chapel, with its huge dome decorated by Buontalenti, the statues of Baccio da Montelupo and Montorsoli, the two bronze pulpits that make up the latest works by Donatello, the sacristy old Brunelleschi and Donatello depicting 8 plumes of apostolic life scenes. Here it is also hosted the Laurentian Library with lecterns designed by Michelangelo.
Paid visit every weekday from 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday from 13:30 to 17:30 from March to October, closed on Sundays the rest of the year.
CHURCH OF SANTA MARGHERITA DEI CERCHI
Of cultural interest and romantic is the so-called Church of Dante and Beatrice, which was the scene of the famous encounter between the poet and his musa.Tradizione wants also retains the remains of the Portinari family members, Beatrice and Gemma Donati, the wife of Dante. A painting inside the Church preserves the memory of Beatrice. Here is also the Dante museum. Admission is free.