Novella Walking Tour, Florence

Novella Walking Tour, Florence
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You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Florence Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Florence Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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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 walk along the Arno embankment and explore the south-eastern part of the Santa Maria Novella quarter.

Novella Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Novella Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Florence (See other walking tours in Florence)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Author: greghasleft
Palazzo Rucellai

1) Palazzo Rucellai

Palazzo Rucellai is a palatial 15th-century townhouse on the Via della Vigna Nuova in Florence. The Rucellai Palace is believed by most scholars to have been designed by Leon Battista Alberti between 1446 and 1451 and executed, at least in part, by Bernardo Rossellino. Its facade was one of the first to proclaim the new ideas of Renaissance architecture based on the use of pilasters and entablatures in proportional relationship to each other.

The grid-like facade is achieved through the...   view more
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Palazzo Corsini al Parione

2) Palazzo Corsini al Parione

Standing elegantly on the banks of the River Arno is the opulent Palazzo Corsini al Parione. The Palazzo is presently owned by the Corsini descendants, Miari Fulcis and Sanminiatelli.

Before this elaborate palace took shape, on the site stood several buildings out of which the most prominent was the casino that belonged to the Ardinghelli family. The premises were later passed on to the Grand Duke Ferdinando II de' Medici and were then purchased by Maria Maddalena Macchiavelli, the wife...   view more
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Palazzo Spini Feroni

3) Palazzo Spini Feroni

Palazzo Spini Ferroni is a building in piazza Santa Trinita, Florence, the grandest private medieval house-palace in the city. The palace was built from 1289 for the rich cloth merchant and banker Geri Spini, on the lands he had bought from the monks of Santa Trinita, after the 1288 flood of the Arno.

At the time, it was the largest private-owned palace in Florence, in competition with the seat of government, the Palazzo Vecchio, which was being built in the same period. Architects to whom...   view more
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Santa Trinita

4) Santa Trinita (must see)

Santa Trinita ("Holy Trinity") is a church in central Florence. It is the mother church of the Vallumbrosan Order of monks, founded in 1092 by a Florentine nobleman. Nearby is the Ponte Santa Trinita over the river Arno. The church is famous for its Sassetti Chapel, containing notable frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio, who are amongst 15th century painting's masterworks. The current church was constructed over 11th century churches in 1258–1280. Multiple reconstructions occurred...   view more
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Palazzo Strozzi

5) Palazzo Strozzi (must see)

Palazzo Strozzi is a palace in Florence. It was built from 1489 to 1538 for Filippo Strozzi. Palazzo Strozzi is an example of civil architecture with its rusticated stone, inspired by the Palazzo Medici, but with more harmonious proportions. Unlike the Medici Palace, which was sited on a corner lot, and thus has only two sides, this building, surrounded on all four sides by streets, is a free-standing structure. This introduced a problem new in Renaissance architecture, which, given the newly...   view more
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Santi Michele e Gaetano

6) Santi Michele e Gaetano

The Theatine order, formed as a result of Counterreformation, took over an eleventh century church dedicated to St. Michael in 1592. Financially supported by the eminent families of Florence, the Theatine order commenced the construction of the Church in 1604 with the design of Bernardo Buontalenti. The construction was completed in 1648, by which a number of architects were involved in the project, each making variations to the original design.

Built of the site of a Romanesque Church, the...   view more
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Santa Maria Maggiore

7) Santa Maria Maggiore (must see)

Santa Maria Maggiore di Firenze is a medieval church in Florence. The church was originally constructed in the 11th century and underwent extensive renovations to the facade and sides in the 13th century. The original church existed as early as the 8th century, and is first documented in 931. In 1176 it obtained the status of collegiate church and was one of Florence's priories. The church subsequently expanded its possessions and in 1183 it was put under papal direct protection by Lucius...   view more
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