Medieval Florence and Basilicas
Trip at a Glance
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Art Tour, Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing
Departure Day(s) and Time(s)
Bronze statue of Cosimo I in Piazza Signoria.
- A visit to the medieval Church of Orsanmichele.
- Church of Santa Croce.
- Santa Maria Novella Church (a Gothic basilica).
- A visit to the old Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella one of the oldest Pharmacies in the world, built in 1221.
The Medieval Florence and Basilicas sightseeing tour starts with the medieval church of Orsanmichele. Upon entering the church you will see the Gothic marble tabernacle by Andrea Orcagna, followed by a visit to Church of Santa Croce, a church museum where you can admire the frescoes of private chapels of wealthy patrons. Giotto decorated the two most famous chapels of the church: the Bardi and the Peruzzi Chapels. It houses artworks by artists such as Cimabue, Brunelleschi with his Pazzi Chapel, Donatello, and Della Robbia. In this church lies the tombs of famous Italian artists such as Michaelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Machiavelli, Lorenzo Ghiberti, and Rossini.
You will then proceed to Santa Maria Novella Church, a Gothic basilica with vivid frescoes by Ghirlandaio and by Masaccio. Visit the old Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, set up by the Dominican friars shortly after 1221, the year of their arrival in Florence.
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