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Very easy to miss, this tiny church is free to visit - though you can make a donation for its upkeep - and beautiful inside. It won’t take much of your time, being so small, but is worth ten minutes or so.
Once again, without a tour guide we would have missed it. I believe there are a number of these chapels that were built for those who were not allowed to attend church. In addition, as you walk the streets you will find religious figures adorning...More
This tiny little chapel, dedicated to the life and works of Saint Martin, was decorated by the workshop of Ghirlandaio in the 15th century. It's a tiny little place, not far from Piazza della Signoria, but it's a peaceful refuge from the crowds in the...More
A very special place indeed.
San Martino was once one of the most prestigeous districts in the ancient city of Florence. Dante Alighieri lived nearby and went about his work as a Prior in the Torre della Castagne, once the seat of the Florentine government...More
I have been to Florence many times and never noticed this chapel before. We just happened upon it as we were walking by. It is absolutely beautiful. I wrote the name down in my journal as "Congregation dei Buonomini di San Martino."
This is a...More
The chapel of San Martino al Vescovo, was built in 1479 as the seat of the Company of Good Men (Compagnia dei Buonomini), a charitable institution, which had been founded in 1442 by a Florentine monk, Antonino Pierozzi.
The charity, which was set up to...More
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Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city
as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.