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Private Tour: 2-Hour Guided Visit of Florence Archaeological Museum
"The Archaeological and Egyptian Museum of Florence was officially established in 1855. During this 2-hours visit you will enjoy the over 14000 pieces displayed in nine rooms and two warehouses. The building has been totally refurnished: the old layout has now been replaced by the new one arranged when possible according to a chronological and topographic order. The collection includes material that ranges from the prehistoric age down to the age of Copta with several groups of steles vases amulets and bronze pieces of different ages. You will be amazed by the majesty of famous Chimera of Arezzo restored by Francesco Corradori around 1785 or you will even admire the refined François Vase enriched with drawings of daily activities.
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Introduction to Florence: Evening Walking Tour
"Meet your guide in central Florence in the late afternoon and set off on an informative walk through the historical center as evening falls. Inspired by the Italian ritual of ‘la passeggiata’ (an evening stroll) this walk will provide the perfect introduction to the real Florence as you follow in the footsteps of locals.Begin in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata a major city square that’s home to the Ospedale degli Innocenti a one-time orphanage designed by the great Renaissance architect Brunelleschi early in his career. Next amble along Via dei Servi a street lined with cafes and shops before arriving at Brunelleschi’s jewel and the city’s most famous monument
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Private Tour: Walking Tour plus The Uffizi or Accademia Gallery Guided Tour
"Choose between a walking tour plus a guided visit of the Uffizi museum or a walking tour with the Accademia Gallery visit.   In the Uffizi's Gallery Art works from the ancient Roman time will lead you inside one of the most known museum in the Painted by famous artists like Giotto Masaccio Filippo and Filippino Lippi Botticelli Leonardo da Vinci Michelangelo etc. In the Accademia Gallery you'll be amazed by the giant sculptures of Michelangelo and
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Piazza Santissima Annunziata Tips (9)

Santissima Annunziata

When the church was originally built, in 1250, outside the second circle of walls it was an oratory, but as time passed it was enlarged to the present size. The main entrance to the church of Santissima Annunziata is through Small Chapel of the Vows, built from designes by Michelozzo. The small cloister is richly decorated by the numerous frescoes.
The coffered ceiling of the church, by Volterrano, is beautiful. The hemispherical cupola is designed by Leon Battista Alberti. Inside the church is the Giambologna Chapel transformed by the sculotor for his own burial. The most valuable and attractive part inside the church is The Tabernacle of the Annunziata and the Loggiato dei Serviti.
In front of the church on the square, there is the Equestrian statue of Grand Duke Ferdinand I

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croisbeauty
Sep 21, 2005

Una piazza perfetta

This gentle little piazza was my favorite in all of Florence and largely free of tourists as it’s tucked away in an area not many of them venture to: fine with me. It is, however, spittin’ distance from Museo di San Marco so if you’re in the area, absolutely leave some time for a walk-by. It is a MUST for anyone with an interest in architecture as the master of Renaissance design, Filippo Brunelleschi, fulfilled one of his earliest commissions here: Ospedale Degli Innocenti.

This elegant building on east side of the square was built in 1419-27 with funds provided by the Florentine Silk Guild. It’s said to be the very first in Florence to implement the proportional mathematics, linear perspective, symmetry and ancient, classical Roman elements that were hallmarks of the Renaissance era: all elements of a structure working harmoniously together inside and out, and appropriately for its setting and purpose.This careful adherence to humanist principles of pleasing balance, order and beauty was carried over to painting and sculpture as well.

This piazza’s particular appeal is because Brunelleschi’s light, delicate facade and porch for the foundling home was duplicated almost exactly (100 years later) on the former monastery on the west side, and echoed again in a new facade added to the church on the north side in 1601. Other than a couple of small fountains and a equestrian monument of Ferdinando I de’ Medici by Giambologna - cast in bronze from melted enemy cannons - the rest of the square is free of distractions. A look south from the center of the piazza provides another bonus: a very nice glimpse of Brunelleschi’s biggest triumph. Have the camera ready and hope for no garbage bins in the way.

More about Ospedale Degli Innocenti and Basilica della Santissima Annunziata in separate reviews.

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goodfish
Jan 31, 2013

Santissima Annunziata

Founded by the Servite order in 1250, the church of the Holy Annunciation was later rebuilt by Michelozzo between 1444 and 1481. Its atrium contains frescoes by the Mannerist artists Rosso Fiorentino, Andrea del Sarto and Jacopo Pontormo. The church is situated on the northern end of Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, one of the finest Renaissance squares in Florence.

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Willettsworld
Jul 12, 2005

Santissima Annunziata - Shrine of the Virgin Mary

Inside the Santissima Annunziata is one of the city's most revered shrines, a painting of the Virgin Mary begun by a monk in 1252 but was supposed to be miraculously completed by an angel, according to devout Florentines. Newly-wed couples traditionally visit the shrine (on the left as you enter the church) to present a bouquet of flowers to the Virgin and to pray for a long, fruitful marriage.

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Piazza della Santissima Annunziata

The Piazza della Santissima Annunziata is one of the finest Renaissance squares in Florence. Designed by Brunelleschi (who also designed the cathedral's dome), the delicate nine-bay arcade fronts the Spedale degli Innocenti to its right, the church of the Holy Annunciation on the northern side, while at the centre of the square stands a bronze equestrian statue of Duke Ferdinando I. The statue was started by Giambologna and finished in 1608 by his assistant Pietro Tacca.

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Jul 12, 2005

Santissima Annunziata

This church was founded in 1250, but rebuilt in the 1400's. It's simple exterior belies the fact that the interior is heavily frescoed and guilded, completed in 1669.

In the church is Florence's most revered shrines: a painting of the Virgin Mary that was begun in 1252 by a monk, but according to some Florentines, completed by an angel. Come by and judge for yourself. Traditionally, newlyweds come to the shrine to leave flowers and pray for a long and successful marriage, but all we saw were elderly ladies there. On second thought, eldery ladies can be newlyweds too!

The church is located in what is claimed to be one of the finest Rennaisance squares in Florence, designed by Brunelleschi (the same guy that put the Dome in Duomo) If you walk down the middle of the square, right to the street, you will be facing the back of the Duomo, which makes for an interesting photo op.

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madamx
May 16, 2007

Sea monkey fountain

Ok, I have a penchant for the bizarre and loved this fountain - it's so weird! If you look closely, there are two pairs of fountains in the P. Santissima Annunziata. They both consist of evil-looking monkeys spitting water into the face of a menacing walrus (or sea slug, as my guidebook suggests). This work was created by Pietro Tacca, a student of the famous Giambologna who designed the equestrian statue in the same Piazza...that is not nearly as funny as this one!

The piazza itself is attractive with some beautiful loggia.

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alloquisha
Jul 30, 2004

Piazza Santissimo

This square houses the Spedale degli Innocenti ( orphanage) designed by Brunelleschis on one side and Santissima Annunziata by Michelozzo on the other.

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Piazza Santissima Annunziata

Facing the statue, on your left there is a fountain where you can fill your bottle in those hot summer days.

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Aug 22, 2003

Things to Do Near Piazza Santissima Annunziata

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Ospedale Degli Innocenti

Although most people, like myself, are drawn to this hospital because it was done by Filippo Brunelleschi, it is still providing care for little ones, as it has done for 500 years. It comes from a...
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Galleria dell'Accademia

the most popular museum in all of Florence will be the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze (Gallery of the Academy of Florence), located a stone's throw away from Piazza San Marco. This is...
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Santa Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi

So after a few days in Itlay, you've probably seen your fill of churches. But don't miss this one, it's quiet and unique in that its small and has a lot of character. The church and convent of Santa...
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Palazzo Medici

Palazzo Medici - Riccardi begun in 1444 by Michelozzo di Bartolommeo and was acquired and expanded in the 17th century by the Riccardi family. The palace was originally built as a home for Cosimo...
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Campanile Di Giotto

The newest of the trio of Duomo and Bapistry. The Campaline was completed in 1337 by Giotto. The tower is 278 feet tall and covered with elaborate art at its base. The tower can be climbed for a fee...
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Piazza Del Duomo

The Piazza Del Duomo Surrounds the famous three structures of the Cathedral of the Santa Maria del Fiore of which is the Cathedral, the famous Giotto Bell Tower and the Florence Baptistry and other...
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