The center of Florentia Each walking tour in Florence Italy makes a stop in Piazza Della Repubblica, which is considered a minor attraction. Apparently modern, with a sort of "Arc de Triomphe", this square really doesn't fit the medieval historical center of Florence Italy, but don't get fooled: more than 2000 years of history lay in this place, the most ancient in Florence, because Piazza Della Repubblica was the exact center of the ancient Roman town. Once here were the main buildings that … [Read more...] about Piazza della Repubblica – Florence or Paris?
Donatello statues in Florence Baptistery Generally, the Baptistery of San Giovanni hosts only one work by Donatello, that is the tomb of Antipope John XXIII (made in collaboration with Michelozzo). Since the Opera del Duomo Museum is closed for restoration until November 2015 (UPDATE: it's open now, and the three statues are back there, but not close to each other), three more Donatello statues have been hosted in the Baptistery this year (after all it's still in the Duomo complex), and they … [Read more...] about Donatello statues – The three prophets
Dante Alighieri's house The church of Dante Alighieri was certainly close to Dante's house, and luckily we know where the house was by documents in the archives of Florence. The building known as "House of Dante" is actually a recent one, built in 1911, but the place is correct. There were three churches close to Dante's house, each of them reachable with less than fifty steps (yes, Florence had this many churches in the Middle Ages). One is the monastery of Badia Fiorentina; another one is the … [Read more...] about Church of Dante Alighieri – Santa Margherita dei Cerchi
Oratorio di san Martino I recently wrote an article on the Oratorio di San Martino. If you click the link you will get more info on this overlooked Florence Italy attraction. Since I really want to promote this place, one of my favorites, today I'm going to show you the Ghirlandaio frescoes inside the Oratorio. … [Read more...] about Ghirlandaio frescoes in the Oratorio di San Martino
The Piazzetta di San Martino Piazzetta di San Martino is a very small square almost exactly in between Palazzo Vecchio and the Duomo. This place is never part of standard tours and this is a shame because the small square has at least three attractions worth a look. The Torre Della Castagna, the Oratorio di san Martino, and the Trattoria del Pennello. … [Read more...] about Piazzetta di San Martino – An overlooked attraction
The Medici rule The Oratorio di San Martino is a small hidden attraction in the huge museum that is the city of Florence. To understand the Oratorio di San Martino, we must go back in time to the 15th century when the Medici family started to rule Florence Italy. Cosimo the Elder was the first Medici ruler. He had an uncontested (although unofficial) power after 1433. The Medici had the support of the lower classes, they were very generous, both directly and funding charity organizations. At … [Read more...] about Oratorio di San Martino