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From Orsanmichele to Ponte Vecchio

From Orsanmichele to Ponte Vecchio

The church of Orsanmichele starting point of our itinerary, is also famous under the name of “Loggia of the corn” because, during the Middle Ages, it was used for the market of the wheat.
Later on, the marble tabernacle was placed in the church, work of Andrea Orcagna, in order to preserve the image of the Madonna realised by Bernardo Daddi, while inside the building, more recently, has been set up a Museum where one can admire the statues that one time were decorating the façade.
Leaving Orsanmichele and taking “Via dé Calzaiuoli”, we reach the Loggia of the New Market, built by Giovanni Battista del Sasso and which was used during the 16th century for the gold and silk market.
In the immediate surroundings we find “Piazza della Signoria”, with the copy of the statue of the David of Michelangelo, which original is perserved at the Museum of the Academy. On the same Piazza we can visit the Palazzo Vecchio, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio on the order of Cosimo I de’ Medici and nowadays headquarter of the City Hall, and the Gallery of the Uffizi.
At the meeting point between “Piazza della Signoria” and “Piazzale degli Uffizi”, we find the Loggia of the Lanzi, also known as Loggia of the Orcagna, where, among the various important statues exhibited, one should note the “Perseo with in his hands the head of Medusa” realised by Benvenuto Cellini.
From “Piazza della Signoria”, finally, walking along the “gallery vasariana of the Uffizi”, we arrive to the Arno River with its characteristic bridge Ponte Vecchiowhich can be reached on the right by crossing the “Arno embankment of the Arquebusier”.

From Palazzo Pitti to Ponte Vecchio

From Palazzo Pitti to Ponte Vecchio

Palazzo Pitti was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi under the order of Luca Pitti; it was once the residence of the Grand-dukes of Tuscany, and nowadays it has been subdivided in various Galleries hosting the works of Raffaello, Tiziano and Caravaggio in the Palatine Gallery, and those of the Macchiaioli in the Gallery of Modern Art, without forgetting the furnishing presented in the Museum of the Silver and of the Porcelain.
At the shoulders of Palazzo Pitti is located the large Garden of Boboli that, after the original project probably firmed by the same Brunelleschi, owns its actual design with the pathways decorated with Renaissance statues to Niccolò Pericoli.
From Piazza de Pitti, taking the “Via Guicciardini”, one arrives to Ponte Vecchio, over the Arno River and from there, crossing “Borgo San Iacopo” and “Via Maggio”, one arrives to the church of the Saint Spirit made by Brunelleschi and to the Cenacle where is preservd a fragment of the Last Dinner made of Andrea Orcagna.
Crossing “Via Sant’Agostino” and “Via Santa Monaca” we finally reach the church of Santa Maria del Carmine, inside which is preserved the Brancacci Chapel, taking its name from the family who ordered the decorating frescoes to Masaccio.

From “Piazza Santa Croce” to Ponte Vecchio

From “Piazza Santa Croce” to Ponte Vecchio

From Piazza of the 13th century Basilica of Santa Croce, Franciscan church designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, it is also possible to reach the Chapel of the Mad, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and annexed to the cathedral around 1400.
From “Via dei Benci”, taking “Via de’ Neri”, we reach Piazza della Signoria, where it is possible to visit Palazzo Vecchio, nowadays headquarter of the City Hall, the Gallery of the Uffizi hosting a large collection of art works, the Loggia della Signoria and, in the immediate surroundings, Orsanmichele: a loggia designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, that was used during the Middle Ages for the market of the wheat.
The visit of the city can end with a wlak along Ponte Vecchio where, in the numerous shops located under the arcades, one can admire the typical goldsmith art of the maestro of Florence.

From Santa Maria Novella to the Cathedral

From Santa Maria Novella to the Cathedral

From the central train station, continuuing in the direction of Piazza of the Italian Unification, one arrives to the 13th century basilica of Santa Maria Novella, once a time headquarter of the Order of the Dominican, which definitive aspect is the work of Leon Battista Alberti.
Through “Via dei Panzani” and “Via de’ Cerretani”, one arrives then to Piazza San Giovanni, hosting the Baptistery, built in the honour of Saint Giovanni Battista, with the bronze doors work of Lorenzo Ghiberti and Andrea Pisano.
In the immediate surroundings we find the Cathedral, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and then developped by Giotto, who also started its belfry. However, the definitive aspect is due to Andrea Pisano and above all to Brunelleschi who completed the structure with the imponent cupola.

Florence in a day

Florence in a day

From the central train station of Santa Maria Novella, continue in the direction of Piazza of the Italian Unification, arriving then to the basilica of Santa Maria Novella, example of Florence gothic art woth the façade realised in bicolour marble, work of Leon Battista Alberti on the order of Giovanni Rucellai.
From Piazza of the Italian Unification, taking the “Via del Melarancio” and continuing then in the direction of “Piazza Aldobrandini”, we reach the church of Saint Lorenzo with the Medicee Chapels.
The church, started by Brunelleschi and completed after his death by his student, is preserving the Old Sacristy embellished with the painting works of the same Brunelleschi and of Donatello. The Medicee Chapels, on their side, are part of the monumental complex of Saint Lorenzo and are hosting inside the Chapels of the Principi representing the funeral monuments of the Grand-Dukes medicei.
In the immediate surroundings we find Palazzo Medici – Ricciardi, work of Michelozzo and typical example of a Renaissance building, hosting the frescoes of the “Travel of the Three Magi to Bethleem” of Benozzo Gozzoli.
Continuing on “Via Cavour” we reach Piazza San Marco with the homonymous Museum of San Marco and the Gallery of the Academy. From “Via Cesare Battisti” we pass in front of the church of SS. Annunziata and continuing on “Via dé Servi”, we arrive to Piazza of the Cathedral, hosting the Cathedral, with the belfry of Giotto and the Baptistery.
Leaving the Piazza and taking “Via del Proconsolo”, we pass along the National Museum of the Bargello near Palazzo del Podestà and we arrive then to Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo Vecchio, nowadays headquarter of the City Hall and the Gallery of the Uffizi. The first building, according to the tradition, was started by Arnolfo di Cambio, while the second building is the headquarter of a large collection of art works, including paintings and sculptures. From “Piazza della Signoria”, taking “Borgo dei Greci” we arrive to Piazza Santa Croce hosting the homonymous Franciscan church with the Chapel of the Mad (Cappella de Pazzi), masterpiece of Brunelleschi.
From Ponte Vecchio, taking “Borgo San Iacopo” to then turn left in “Via Presto di San Marino”, we arrive to the Renaissance church of Santo Spirito designed by Brunelleschi. Through “Via Maggi”, we arrive to Palazzo Pitti, which project is the work of Filippo Brunelleschi, and behind which we can admire the splendid Garden of Boboli.
From there, continuing on “Piazzale Michelangelo” we reach the church of San Miniato al Monte, example of Florence Roman architecture with the façade in bicolour marble white and green. We reach the church through stairs leading to the entrance of the Basilica while outside we can visit the large cemetery, where have been found the burial places of famous men such as: Montale, Papini and Lorenzini called the “Collodi”.

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