On my last TGI -Friday, we met with art Historian Lucia Montuschi to speak about her favorite Hidden Gems. I have added Lucia's recommendation to visit Casa Buonarotti! and here is a few other favorites to check out next time you are in Florence!
1. The District of Santa Maria Novella
Florence is a small city although it is packed with incredible districts that all tell a story! Here is one of our favorite walks.
The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Is the only Basilica with it's original facade in Florence! Designed by the great Renaissance Man 'Leon Battisti Alberti'.
Admire the Grand Hotel Minerva. Built in 1869. In the 1950's two innovative architects Eduardo Detti and Carlo Scappa turned the original tavern in to a Hotel. You can enjoy an aperitivo at the roof top bar. That has a dipping pool and incredible views of the iconic towers and domes around Florence.
Walk beyond the square on Via della Scala to arrive at the Ancient Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella. Admire the many rooms of ancient perfumes, soaps, and special potions. A beloved favorite is 'L'acqua Della Regina' - created for Catherine de Medici.
If you continue down Via Dei Fossi a beautiful street that takes you toward the Arno river. Stop in to the Frill gallery. Opened by Master Antonio Frilli, sculptor artist and professor at Academy of Florence. Visit the showroom of contemporary artists. See projects the gallery has commissioned around Florence. That includes the Baptistery Doors by Ghiberti & Pisano.
Stop into an independent bookstore Todo Modo Enjoy a glass of Wine, process or beverage of your choice at the bookstores caffe.
Our walk ends at a Galleria Faustini. That showcases contemporary Italian Artists including a local Florentine Uliviero Ulivieri. Like the look of this itinerary send us an email!
In 1508 Michelangelo bought four buildings in the district of Santa Croce. In 1514 he purchased the fifth building. The entire structure became Casa Buonarotti, his Honorable Home in Florence.
Today the Museum houses two reliefs in marble by a young Michelangelo 'Madonna of the Stairs and the Battle of the Centaurs. Visit the second floor to witness hundreds of Michelangelo's drawings.
A lovely walk through the Boboli Gardens will take you to the stunning Palazzina del Cavaliere building. The 1527 Knights building has a beautiful facade that includes a series of six terracotta vases alternated with four statues in Terracotta.
This beautiful square with the great Basilica of Santo Spirito. Is a tribute to the great architect Filippo Brunelleschi.
This was Brunelleschi's final design. The Basilica was designed to face the Arno river. However, Florence's most ancient and prominent families, including the Capponi, Soderini, and Frescobaldi, would not allow it.
The Frescobaldi that live on Via Santo Spriito. Are a Historical wine family. Their family chapels can be found inside the Basilica. You can note the coat of arms over the outside windows.
Among the beauty and natural light that is exposed upon entry. You can admire a number of masterpieces. Designs by great Florentine painters that inlcudes Filippino Lippi. Designers such as Simone del Polaioio and Giuliano da San Gallo.
On your way to the two cloisters 'Cloister of death' and 'Grand Cloister' you can witness a wooden crucifix by a young michelangelo. A gift to the Augustian monks that allowed Michelangelo to analyze corpses from the convents hospital.
5. The Bargello Museum & The Workshops of Great Renaissance Artists
Did you know that Donatello's workshop was in Piazza Duomo. Have you ever wondered where Michelangelo worked on the David ? Our expert guides will take you on a wonderful walk around the historical centre.
Where you will discover the workshops of the great Renaissance artists Donatello, Ghiberti, Cellini and Giambologna. The walk will take you to Piazza della Signoria and Orsanmichele
Your guide will explain the History of the Florentine craft industry. Continue to Piazza Duomo see Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise and Giotto’s Bell tower. See symbols of Florentine crafts on the base of the tower.
Visit the Bargello Museum. See masterpiece sculptor by one of the fathers of the Renaissance, Donatello. Admire Giambologna’s Bronze Flying Mercury sculpture. View works by Verrocchio the Teacher of Leonardo da Vinci.
Arrive at the Luca della Robbia Room to see his glazed terracotta technique. Invented by the artist in the 14th century. Like the look of this itinerary send us an email!