Santo Spirito Basilica Florence

The Santo Spirito Basilica, although located slightly north of the city centre, it is one of the most important churches in Florence. The highlight is a wooden crucifix attributed to Michelangelo. There are also works of art by Filippino Lippi, Bernardo Rossellino and Maso di Banco.

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Piazza Santo Spirito Florence

The Piazza Santo Spirito is a beautiful and cosy square near the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Its main attractions are the Santo Spirito Basilica and the Palazzo Guadagni across the square. In the evenings a meeting place for the young and trendy, during daytime it is a well-known market square.

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Lungarno Corsini Florence

The Lungarno Corsini in Florence is one stretch of the road that runs along the northern bank of the river Arno. It is one of the most picturesque parts and leads from the Ponte Santa Trinità to the Ponte alla Carraia. The most striking building along the street is the Palazzo Corsini al Parione. Continue reading “Lungarno Corsini Florence”

Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci Florence

The Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci in Florence is one stretch of the road running along the northern bank of the river Arno. Several buildings among the 19th century palaces lining the street are used as hotels. The street is named after the explorer who gave America its name.

Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci Florence

The Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci was constructed in 1583. In order to make its construction possible, several buildings directly on the bank of the river needed to be destroyed.

In 1857 it was named for Vespucci, who used to live in the area.

Apart from the 19th century hotels the most important sights are the Ponte Amerigo Vespucci, the Villa Favard, the Pescaia di Santa Rosa and the Palazzo Calcagnini. Th consulates of both Austria and Monaco have their seats in the Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci.

There is also a monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi.

The street stretches from the Ponte alla Caarraia to the Ponte alla Vittoria.

Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci, Florence

Palazzo Orlandini del Beccuto Florence

The Palazzo Orlandini del Beccuto is a historic building in the Via de’ Pecori in Florence. After having been in the possession of several noble families for centuries, it has been the seat of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank since the beginning of the 21st century.

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Brunelleschi’s Dome Florence

The Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence is the work of Filippo Brunelleschi. When it was built it was the largest dome in the world. One can walk between the inner and outer wall of the dome. The space is a bit claustrophobic, but this is compensated by the beautiful views over Florence.

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Santa Reparata Cathedral Florence

Today’s Florence Cathedral is built around the earlier Santa Reparata Cathedral. This meant that to visit the old church one first had to walk through the facade of the new one. In 1370, when the new cathedral was finished except for the dome, the Santa Reparata was razed to the ground.

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