The basilicas of Florence, where spirituality and the desire for social promotion of the prominent families of the city meet art in all its forms. You can combine a visit to one of these wonderful churches with a walking tour of the city.
The Basilica of Santa Croce with works by Giotto, the precursor of the Renaissance and his pupils, Donatello, Giorgio Vasari, Bronzino and many other masters of the 15th and 16th century make this gothic church one of the wonders of the city. Also known as the Pantheon of Eminent Italians, you can visit the tombs, amongst others, of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Niccolò Machiavelli and Gioacchino Rossini. In the cloister, unfinished Pazzi Chapel by Filippo Brunelleschi.
The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Motherchurch of the Dominican order has one of the most elegant and impressive facades of the city. Inside the the sober gothic building you’ll find works by Giotto, where one of his most moving crucifixes is displayed, the “Trinità” by Masaccio, considered to be the first fresco painting of the Renaissance to use perspective, the Tornabuoni Chapel decorated by Domenico Ghirlandaio, perfect example of how the wealthy families used art as a way to promote themselves: w a true portrait of florentine society of the 15th century.
Basilica of Santa Trinità
Dating back to the 11th century, the church is testament of the many renovations that the building underwent during the centuries. Inside this dark and enchanting church, amongst many fascinating altarpieces and sculptures, you’ll find the Sassetti Chapel, belonging to one of the prominent families of the Renaissance, entirely decorated by Domenico Ghirlandaio, Michelangelo’s only teacher.
Basilica of Santo Spirito
Crossing the river Arno, you’ll find yourselves immersed in the Oltrarno, full of workshops, little caffÈs and trattorie. Here you’ll find Filippo Brunelleschi’s last masterpiece: the Basilica of Santo Spirito. Inside this luminous Renaissance church you’ll find, amongst the 38 chapels, which belonged to the distinguished florentine nobility and notable families, the altarpieces in their original settings. In the sacresty you can admire the Crucifix sculpted by a 16 year old Michelangelo.