Churches in Florence
Florence, like many Italian cities, is filled with churches. But as the cradle of the Renaissance, it was specifically for many of these churches and family chapels that magnificent works of art were commissioned of the greatest artists of all time. Therefore, in order to see many of these masterpieces it is necessary to visit at least a few churches. We recommend you visit some of the following churches in Florence.
Read full article "Climb the Duomo's Cupola"
Climb to the top of the cathedral's dome to enjoy an extraordinary view of Florence. Be prepared to climb lots of steps!
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The famous cathedral dome dominates the skyline of Florence, with its eight white ribs against a background of terracotta tiles. Close up it is so huge as to be quite overwhelming.
Read full article "Santa Croce"
Despite the vast size and the swarms of tourists who flock here, the Franciscan church of Santa Croce is a touchingly intimate place, perhaps because of the sense that one somehow knows the people buried here.
Read full article "Baptistery"
In Piazza del Duomo, Florence's religious center, stands the Baptistery of St. John. It is dedicated to Florence's patron and displays great Renaissance masterpieces such as the "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti and the "Beheading of St. John" by Vincenzo Danti.
Read full article "San Miniato"
San Miniato al Monte in Florence, overlooks all of Florence offering a magnificent panorama.
Read full article "San Lorenzo Church"
San Lorenzo, the parish church for the Medici family, and the Cappelle Medicee form a monument to the artistic patronage and dynastic grandeur of the Medici in Florence.
Read full article "Cappella Brancacci"
The Cappella Brancacci marks the start of the Renaissance, with Masaccio's frescoes expressing the power and brilliance that inspired the Florentine painters of the 15th century.
Read full article "Medici Chapels"
Mausoleum of the Medici family, the Medici Chapels are a monument to the family’s artistic patronage and grandeur in Florence.
Read full article "Santa Maria Novella"
The decorative marble facade of Tuscany's most important Gothic church incorporates billowing sails and ostrich feathers (emblem of the Medici). The church houses immense artistic treasures, donated by wealthy patrons, many with chapels named after them.
Read full article "Orsanmichele"
Orsanmichele reflects the strong presence and importance of the guilds in Florence: it is their emblems and patron saints that adorn the exterior of the building.
Read full article "Santa Trinita"
The church of Santa Trinita was built in the 11th century by monks of the Vallombrosan order. Inside you can admire several frescoed chapels and works of art by Tuscan artists such as Bicci di Lorenzo, Rossellino, Luca della Robbia and Ghirlandaio.
Read full article "San Marco Church"
Founded by the Silvestrine monks in the 13th century, San Marco became the home of the Dominican monks of Fiesole in 1437 following Cosimo il Vecchio's wishes.