Novella & Indipendenza Walk, Florence

Novella & Indipendenza Walk, Florence
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Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". This city has to offer a lot of wonderful places to admire. Take this tour to explore Indipendenza and Santa Maria Novella quarters, visit beautiful Dominican basilica of Santa Maria Novella, as well as Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Accademia di Belle Arti, Cappella dei Principi and many others.

Novella & Indipendenza Walk - Route Map

Guide Name: Novella & Indipendenza Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Florence
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: greghasleft
San Marco

1) San Marco

San Marco is the name of a religious complex in Florence. It comprises a church and a convent. The convent, which is now a museum, has three claims to fame. During the 15th century it was home to two famous Dominicans, the painter Fra Angelico and the preacher Girolamo Savonarola. Also housed at the convent is a famous collection of manuscripts in a library built by Michelozzo.

The present convent occupies the site where a Vallombrosan monastery existed in the 12th century, which later passed...   view more
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Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze

2) Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze

The Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze, located in Via Rasacoli, is an art gallery whose history dates back as far as 1563. Under the advice of Giorgio Vasari, an artist and writer, the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de' Medici set up the Accademia e Compagnia delle Arti del Disegno (Arts of Drawing Academy and Company). The institution not only housed renowned artists of Cosimo’s court but also functioned as organisation for the artists of Tuscany. Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of...   view more
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Palazzo Medici Riccardi

3) Palazzo Medici Riccardi

The Palazzo Medici, also called the Palazzo Medici Riccardi for the later family that acquired and expanded it, is a Renaissance palace located in Florence. The palace was designed by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo for Cosimo de' Medici, of the Medici family, and was built between 1445 and 1460. It was well known for its stone masonry that includes rustication and ashlar. The tripartite elevation was used here as a revelation of the Renaissance spirit of rationality, order, and classicism of...   view more
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Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

4) Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

The Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Laurentian Library) is extraordinary not only for its architectural design but also for its collection of books and manuscripts. Housed in a cloister of the Basilica di San Lorenzo, the architect for this library was Michelangelo and work was finished by Ammannati in 1568. The design of the building was appreciated by contemporaries of Michelangelo and new ideas put into the building were termed revolutionary. Built on existing walls of the Quattrocento,...   view more
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Cappella dei Principi

5) Cappella dei Principi

The octagonal Cappella dei Principi surmounted by a tall dome, 59 m. high, that is the distinguishing feature of San Lorenzo when seen from a distance, stands centrally sited with respect to the nave, to which it provides the equivalent of an apsidal chapel. Its entrance is from the exterior, in Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, and through the low vaulted crypt planned by Bernardo Buontalenti before plans for the chapel above were made. It was designed by Matteo Nigetti, following some...   view more
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Santa Maria Novella

6) Santa Maria Novella

Built by the Dominican order in the 13th century, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella was constructed on the site Santa Maria delle Vigne oratory. Between 1246 and 1360, the lower part of the Basilica and Bell Tower were completed under the direction of Friar Talenti. Leone Alverti was commissioned in 1456 to complete the upper part of the current façade of the church.

Known for his work on a church in Rimini and a palace in Florence, Alberti gave the church its four white and green...   view more
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Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella

7) Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella

What to buy here: Refined Scents, Exquisite Liqueurs, Soap Bars.

In Italy, we’re used to think of a pharmacy as a place where you’re supposed to buy medicines. Well, in Florence there’s a special one, worth being visited especially when you’re not ill. It’s called Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella (or Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella) and it’s the oldest continuously-running pharmacy in Europe. It has always been making great perfumes, delicious and rare home...   view more
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Chiesa di Ognissanti

8) Chiesa di Ognissanti

The Chiesa di Ognissanti was among the first few Baroque structures to penetrate into the predominant Renaissance style of architecture in Florence. The Ognissanti church was founded by the Order of the Umiliati that was devoted to paying homage to all saints, known or unknown. Although built during the mid-thirteenth century, the church underwent a complete makeover in the seventeenth century when it was taken over by the Franciscan Order. The shift of authority brought in a wave of new design...   view more
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