Florence Off The Beaten Path

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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Florence

  • 1. Pratolino Park and Villa Demidoff

    To the right of the charming Piazza Demidoff is a public garden called the Demidoff Gardini, with a statue covered by a Victorian glass canopy - monument to Nicolo Demidoff, Russian Ambassador in...

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  • 2. Lucca.

    Lucca is a beautiful town located 85 km. west of Florence. It was the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini; the famous music composer. His house is open to...

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  • 3. Orsanmichele.

    Florence has lots of beautiful and interesting churches. I think Orsanmichele is one of the most peculiar in the city both for its shape and for the statues...

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  • 4. Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

    Its construction began from 1255. This palace was the residence of the Podestà who ruled the city from the end of XIII century until 1502. From this year it...

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  • 5. San Jacopo sopr'Arno

    The church of San Jacopo sopr'Arno, situated on the southern bank of the river Arno, was built in the 10th and 11th century in a Romanesque style. From 1542 the...

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  • 6. Symbols of the Medici

    The Medici were a wealthy banker family that ruled Florence in the 1400-1700s. Much of the town, its buildings, and art have their symbols some place in them...

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  • 7. Pinocchio’s author was Florentine

    The original Adventures of Pinocchio was written by Carlo Collodi, who was from Florence. The story of the little wooden puppet carved by Geppetto is set in a...

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  • 8. get away from the crowds

    On a nice crowded day, if you want to just get away from all the tourists, take a walk up the hill on the other side of the Arno River. It is surprising how...

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  • 9. Map of Roman Florence

    There is a map of what Florence looked like during the Roman and Medieval eras located in the Piazza della Signoria. It can be found on the opposite side of the...

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  • 10. Vasari Corridor - raised covered walkway

    Centuries ago, when the Medici ruled Florence, they lived in the Palazzo Pitti on one side of the Arno and worked in the town hall and Uffizi (it wasn’t always...

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  • 11. San't Orsola monastry -Vaclav Pisvejc installation

    This building near the San Lorenzo market used to be a nuns monastery. It was founded during 1309. It was converted in a Tobaccos Manufactory in the 1800 and...

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  • 12. Bottega orafa Alessandro Dari

    I was walking from Torre San Lorenzo toward Ponte Vecchio and my curiosity was attracted by this jewelry shop. Turned out Master Alessandro Dari is not the...

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  • 13. Visit S. Miniato around 17.30...........

    .................and you may, as I did, hear the Olivetan monks' plainsong. As I sat on the steps of the crypt (which hold the remains of S. Miniatus, martyred...

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  • 14. Palazzo Serristori

    Oltrarno (across the river Arno) is colloquial name for other side of Florence where Palazzo Pitti or San Miniato is situated. The district of San Niccolo is...

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  • 15. Palazzo dei Cartelloni or Palazzo Viviani

    The owner of Palazzo dei Cartelloni was Vincento Viviani, a mathematician who applied this big epigraphs in order to celebrate and glorify the life and many...

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  • 16. Alice's Masks

    Everyone thinks of the Venetian masks as one of the great wonders of Italy, but really the best place in Italy to appreciate (and buy ) these masks is at...

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  • 17. Florence in Moscow

    I (and you) may refresh our memory about Florence even without leaving Moscow. We should go to the Main Building of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and...

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  • 18. Dante's House

    In the historical center of Florence in the 200, between the church of S. Martino and the Public square Dei Donati, rose the houses of the Alighieri. In the...

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  • 19. Chiesa Russa Ortodossa della Nativita

    The Russian Orthodox Church in Florence was built in 1899–1903 by the Russian community which passed long periods in Florence and it represents a significant...

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  • 20. Alice's Masks

    Everyone thinks of the Venetian masks as one of the great wonders of Italy, but really the best place in Italy to appreciate (and buy ) these masks is at...

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  • 21. Santo Stefano al Ponte

    Santo Stefano al Ponte was constructed in the 11th and 12th century in a Romanesque style with a polychome marble facade. In the 14th century, however, the...

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  • 22. Biblioteca del Palagio di Parte Guelfa

    Biblioteca del Palagio di Parte Guelfa used to be once the church of Santa Maria sopra Porta, which was known back in 1038. The church was reconstructed in the...

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  • 23. Porta al Prato

    Porta del Prato is situated in Piazzale il Prato where, in the medieval times of Florence, used to be the weekly livestock fair. It is one of the oldest gates...

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  • 24. Coat of arms at the palaces

    Much more often then in other Italian towns Florence is displaying "inscriptions" showing to whom the house or palace once belonged. Those who knows heraldic...

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  • 25. Fontana dei Mostri Marini

    Fontana dei Mostri Marini is work of Pietro Tacca, follower of Gianbologna. He joined Gianbologna's atellier in 1592 and took over the workshop after sculptor's...

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