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The Santo Spirito Neighborhood

A walk through the highlights of this quarter, characteristic of Florence
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 0.7 miles
Duration: Unknown
Family Friendly

Overview :  Florence is an open museum, which is its beauty and its curse at the same time. People looking for a "typical" corner of Florence may ... more »

Tips:  On Sundays when the daily market in Piazza Santo Spirito is closed (the second and third Sundays of the month, excluding August), the ... more »

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Points of Interest

The characteristic square of Florence's Oltrarno Quarter is Piazza Santo Spirito. It's a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of Florence's historical center and the perfect place to sit on a park bench under the trees, or grab a coffee or a gelato and people watch.

The piazza is one of Florence's true local piazzas, a place where the... More

Wander behind the Basilica of Santo Spirito, down a winding back alley lined with medieval buildings to get to Via Santo Spirito, one of Florence's most elegant artisan shopping streets.

Boutique stores such as Quelle Tre (No. 42 red, artisan women and children's clothing and accessories) and Angela Caputi (No. 58 red, bold, handmade costume... More

3. Piazza della Passera

This is more of an intersection of streets as opposed to a piazza, but it does have an intimate atmosphere that many other piazzas in Florence do not have.

Surrounded by quality food shops, cafes and restaurants on every corner, this is a wonderful piazza to come to for a snack, a gelato, a drink or even breakfast, lunch or dinner with the locals... More

The church of Santa Felicita is one of the oldest churches in Florence, with foundations that go back to the city's beginnings. There are two things that make this lovely little church stand out. One is its facade, which may take some a few moments to notice that it has a corridor running across it. This is part of the Vasari Corridor, which was... More

A visit to the quarter of Santo Spirito would not be complete without a mention of the Pitti Palace, even if it is perhaps the one thing that does not "fit in" with the rest of this quarter, known for its artisans, its little back streets, its local residents.

The Pitti Palace dominates and essentially separates the Santo Spirito Quarter from the... More

If you're still hungry for more, head down to the Brancacci Chapel in the unassuming church of Santa Maria del Carmine. The chapel has a separate entrance through the convent from that of the church itself. Reservations are advised as only a small number of people for a short time can visit the chapel. Why so special? This chapel is where the... More