Discovering the churches in Florence means entering in locations full of history and arts, a great marriage between the catholic tradition and the artistical magnificence of the city.
Knowing which are the most beautiful churches of Florence allows you to plan your visit: the city hosts more than 100 churches and it is quite impossible to visit them all.
Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo represents the perfect starting point, since it is located in the very heart of the city and will give you the opportunity to admire the magnificent Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and the incredible monuments that adorn the square: Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery of St. John.
Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral is the main church of Florence and is well recognizable thanks to the dome on the top, which actually is the biggest brick dome ever built and was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the incredible genius architect of the renaissance.
The Cathedral building complex is enriched by Giotto’s Campanile, located on the left side of Santa Maria del Fiore and, on the front, by the Baptistery of St. John.
Basilica di San Lorenzo
The Basilica di San Lorenzo is pretty important because is the burial place of the most famous members of the Medici family. This church was consecrated in 393 and is one of the most ancient churches of Florence.
San Lorenzo was developed through the years thanks to the precious contribution of some of the most important artists like Brunelleschi, Michelangelo and Donatello.
San Miniato al Monte
San Miniato al Monte is one of the most incredible and scenic churches of Florence thanks to its incredible position: this church is located in one of the highest point of the city and gives you a wonderful view over Florence.
San Miniato al Monte is just outside the city walls and represents a fantastic example of Romanesque church. Beside the basilica you will find an olivetan monastery with a shop where you will have the opportunity to buy high quality products made by the monks, like liqueurs and teas.
Basilica di Santa Croce
Santa Croce is a basilica not too far from Piazza del Duomo and is the burial place of some of the most important personalities of the history of Italy, like the artist Michelangelo, the poet Ugo Foscolo, the scientist Galileo Galilei and the composer Gioachino Rossini.
The Basilica of Santa Croce is a very important church not only for Florence but for the whole world, because it is the biggest Franciscan church ever built. The most beautiful parts are the sixteen chapels: most of them are decorated with Giotto’s frescoes.