Arno South Bank Walk, Florence

Arno South Bank Walk, Florence
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Arno South Bank, also known as Oltrarno, what literally means "beyond the Arno", is a magical place, though not everyone knows about it. The many historical places located in this part of the city will amaze you. Take this tour to see some wonderful sites that you will never forget.

Arno South Bank Walk - Route Map

Guide Name: Arno South Bank Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Florence
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Author: greghasleft
San Frediano in Cestello

1) San Frediano in Cestello

One of the lesser visited attractions in the city of Florence is the San Frediano in Cestello. This beautiful structure represents the late Baroque style of architecture.

The present church is built on the same site as the monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli that was founded in 1450. In the early seventeenth century, the church was occupied by the Cistercians, which is where the word, ‘cestello’ is derived from. By the end of the seventeenth century, the church was commissioned for...   view more
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Santa Maria del Carmine

2) Santa Maria del Carmine

The Santa Maria del Carmine church serves as a shrine to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the name given to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Built in the late 13th century, what one can see today on the exteriors is just the remains of the Romanesque- Gothic structure. In the 18th century, a fire nearly destroyed the entire structure and miraculously spared the Brancacci Chapel- the Renaissance Fresco, the church is most renowned for.

The Brancacci Chapel stands as a monument of the immergence of the...   view more
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La Specola

3) La Specola

Amidst the historical churches and architectural marvels surrounding Florence is the oldest science museums in Europe, The La Specola.

The Museum of Zoology and Natural History or better known as La Specola, was opened in 1775 by the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena. The Prince envisioned a museum which was open to public. This is why he purchased a block of building very close to the Pitti Palace and converted it into a museum. The museum was inaugurated in 1775 and was officially...   view more
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Chiesa di San Felice

4) Chiesa di San Felice

The Chiesa di San Felice or the Church of Saint Felix is in the Piazza San Felice, west of the Pitti Palace. Located on the south banks of the River Arno, the Chiesa di San Felice is arguably the oldest church after San Lorenzo. The first structure on the site traces back to the Roman times. However, a church on this site has been mentioned in documents only since the 1066. This church is said to have been built in 1400’s. However, the structure subsequently underwent a number of modifications...   view more
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Casa Guidi

5) Casa Guidi

Casa Guidi is the fifteenth-century patrician house in Piazza San Felice, 8, near the south end of the Pitti Palace in Florence, in which the piano nobile apartment was inhabited by Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning between 1847 and Mrs Browning's death in 1861. After their son Pen's death in 1912, the apartment was bought by several Browning enthusiasts. By that time, Casa Guidi was in poor shape, and the apartment retained hardly any furniture or paintings. The Browning Society...   view more
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Palazzo Pitti

6) Palazzo Pitti

Luca Pitti, a famous banker of Florence, commissioned the construction of this palace for his residence in 1458. However, when he died, the construction had not been completed yet. Financial issues forced Pitti descendants to sell this building to Eleonora Medici, the wife of Cosimo de’Medici, who moved in later that year from Palazzo Vecchio, the Medicis' then residence. A private corridor was then built between the two buildings for the privacy of the house residents.

Ammanatti was...   view more
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Giardino di Boboli

7) Giardino di Boboli

The Giardino di Boboli or the Boboli Garden is one of the most elegant gardens in Florence. Situated just behind the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens is said to be the first few gardens that were built in the sixteenth century. The gardens were built for the wife of Cosimo I de' Medici, Eleonora di Toledo.

The Boboli Gardens have had many renowned art names of the sixteenth century working on it. Niccolo Tribolo worked on it till his death in 1550. The work was later taken over by...   view more
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Santo Spirito

8) Santo Spirito

The Santo Spirito or the Basilica of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito, is another building in Florence that is credited to the brilliant Renaissance architect - Filippo Brunelleschi. The Santo Spirito was built as a twin to the church of Saint Lorenzo which was also initially designed by Brunelleschi.

The Santo Spirito was constructed on the site where once stood a thirteenth century Augustanian convent that was destroyed in a fire. Although the church was designed by Brunelleschi, he did not...   view more
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Chiesa di Santa Felicita

9) Chiesa di Santa Felicita

The chiesa di Santa Felicita (Church of St Felicity) is a church in Florence, probably the oldest in the city after San Lorenzo. In the 2nd century, Syrian Greek merchants settled in the area south of the Arno and are thought to have brought Christianity to the region. The first church on the site was probably built in the late 4th century or early 5th century and was dedicated to Saint Felicity of Rome. A new church was built in the 11th century and the current church largely dates from...   view more
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Ponte Vecchio Bridge

10) Ponte Vecchio Bridge

The Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewellers, art dealers and souvenir sellers.

The bridge spans the Arno at its narrowest point where it is believed that a bridge was first built in Roman times, when the via Cassia crossed the river at this point. The Roman piers were of stone, the...   view more
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Forte di Belvedere

11) Forte di Belvedere

The Forte di Belvedere or Fortezza di Santa Maria in San Giorgio del Belvedere is a fortification in Florence. It was built by Grand Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici during the period 1590–1595, with Bernardo Buontalenti as the designer, to protect the city and its rule by the Medici family. In particular, it was used to hold the Medici treasury. The design and construction of the Fort were entrusted to architect Bernardo Buontalenti, the chief architect for both Cosimo I and his son,...   view more
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Piazzale Michelangelo

12) Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square) is a famous square with a magnificent panoramic view of Florence, and is a popular tourist destination in the Oltrarno district of the city. The famous view from this observation point overlooking the city has been reproduced on countless postcards and snapshots over the years.

It was built in 1869 and designed by architect Giuseppe Poggi on a hill just south of the historic center, during the redevelopment of the left bank of the Arno (the South...   view more
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San Miniato al Monte

13) San Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte (St. Minias on the Mountain) is a basilica in Florence, standing atop one of the highest points in the city. It has been described as one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany and one of the most beautiful churches in Italy. There is an adjoining Olivetan monastery, seen to the right of the basilica when ascending the stairs.

St. Miniato or Minas was an Armenian prince serving in the Roman army under Emperor Decius. He was denounced as a Christian after becoming...   view more
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