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  • 1. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1296 Arnolfo di Cambio (circa 1245–circa 1310) was commissioned to build "the loftiest, most sumptuous edifice human invention could devise...Read More

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  • 2. Santa Croce

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Like the Duomo, this church is Gothic, but, also like the Duomo, its facade dates from the 19th century. As a burial place, the church probably...Read More

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  • 3. Badia Fiesolana

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    From the church of San Domenico it's a five-minute walk northwest to the Badia Fiesolana, which was Fiesole's original cathedral. Dating to...Read More

  • 4. Badia Fiorentina

    Bargello | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally endowed by Willa, Marquess of Tuscany, in 978, this ancient church is an interesting mélange of 13th-century, Renaissance, Baroque...Read More

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  • 5. Battistero

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The octagonal Baptistery is one of the supreme monuments of the Italian Romanesque style and one of Florence's oldest structures. Local legend...Read More

  • 6. Cappelle Medicee

    San Lorenzo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This magnificent complex includes the Cappella dei Principi, the Medici chapel and mausoleum that was begun in 1605 and kept marble workers...Read More

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  • 7. Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia

    San Marco | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The frescoes of the refectory of a former Benedictine nunnery were painted in sinewy style by Andrea del Castagno, a follower of Masaccio (1401...Read More

  • 8. Certosa

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The incredible Carthusian complex was largely funded in 1342 by the wealthy Florentine banker Niccolò Acciaiuoli, whose guilt at having amassed...Read More

  • 9. Chiostro dello Scalzo

    San Marco | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Often overlooked, this small, peaceful 16th-century cloister was frescoed in grisaille by Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530) and Franciabigio with...Read More

  • 10. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A stark medieval interior yields many masterpieces. In the raised presbytery, the Cappella Salutati was frescoed by 15th-century artist Cosimo...Read More

  • 11. Museo del Cenacolo


    This way-off-the-beaten-path museum (the name translates as the Museum of the Last Supper) has a stunning fresco by Andrea del Sarto. Begun...Read More

  • 12. Museo di San Marco


    A Dominican convent adjacent to the church of San Marco now houses this museum, which contains many stunning works by Fra Angelico (circa 1400...Read More

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  • 13. Ognissanti

    Santa Maria Novella | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Umiliati owned this architectural hodgepodge of a church before the Franciscans took it over in the mid-16th century. Beyond the fanciful...Read More

  • 14. Oratorio dei Buonomini di San Martino

    Bargello | Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1441 by Antoninus, Bishop of Florence, to offer alms to the poveri vergognosi (the ashamed poor), this one-room oratory is decorated...Read More

  • 15. San Domenico

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If you really want to stretch your legs, walk 4 km (2½ miles) toward the center of Florence along Via Vecchia Fiesolana, a narrow lane in use...Read More

  • 16. San Francesco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This lovely hilltop church has a good view of Florence and the plain below from its terrace and benches. Off the little cloister is a small...Read More

  • 17. San Lorenzo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Filippo Brunelleschi designed this basilica, as well as that of Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno, in the 15th century. He never lived to see either...Read More

  • 18. San Michele Visdomini

    Duomo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Aficionados of 16th-century mannerism should stop in this church, which has a Sacra Conversazione by Jacopo Pontormo (1494–1556). The early...Read More

  • 19. San Miniato al Monte

    Oltrarno | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This church, like the Baptistery, is a fine example of Romanesque architecture and is one of the oldest churches in Florence, dating from the...Read More

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  • 20. Sant'Ambrogio

    Santa Croce | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Named for the Bishop of Milan, this 10th-century church once belonged to an order of Benedictine nuns. Just this side of austere, the church...Read More

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