Le chiese meno conosciute di Firenze che vi stupiranno
Tesori sconosciuti per i più, che vi regaleranno attimi di meraviglia
Less famous churches but certainly rich in art and history treasures, unexpected surprises in the heart of a city to be discovered step by step.
Do you want to know which are the "minor churches" not to be missed in Florence? Here is our top list!
The Badia Fiorentina with its panels by Filippino Lippi and Giorgio Vasari and works by Bernardo Rossellino and Mino da Fiesole and Rossellino's 15th-century Cloister of the Oranges embellished with frescoes narrating the life of St Benedict.
The Church of San Paolino, founded in 404 and profoundly restructured several times over the centuries, mentioned by Boccaccio in the Decameron and of which Agnolo Poliziano was Prior, is rich in marble furnishings and paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Church of S. Ambrogio with its beautiful Chapel of the Sacrament frescoed by Cosimo Rosselli and the Tabernacle by Mino da Fiesole, which houses the ampulla of the 1230 miracle that the fresco represents. In the church are the tombs of Mino da Fiesole, Andrea Verrocchio, Simone del Pollaiolo known as Cronaca and the Del Tasso brothers.
The Church of San Michele Visdomini, home to Pontormo's Pala Pucci, a magnificent work recently restored and the burial place of Filippino Lippi.
The Church of Saints Simon and Judas, in Piazza San Simone in Florence, nestled in the alleyways (near Via dei Lavatoi) between Piazza della Signoria and Piazza Santa Croce. Damaged in the flood of 1537, it was only renovated in 1630, to a design by Gherardo Silvani, thanks mainly to Bartolomeo Galilei, a knight of Malta. The lunette depicts the Virgin between the Holy Apostles Simon and Judas by Nicodemo Ferrucci. In addition to St Peter in the Chair by the Master of Santa Cecilia (1307), the side altars contain altarpieces by artists active in Florence around 1630, including Jacopo Vignali, Francesco Curradi and Nicodemo Ferrucci. The two marble statues of Saints Simon and Judas are by Orazio Mochi (whose statue in Boboli depicting two Saccomazzone players is famous).
Church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi. This is the church in Florence where Dante Alighieri met Beatrice and where he married Gemma Donati. If you are in love, don't forget to write a small thought or letter to Beatrice and leave it in the basket provided. Beatrice's spirit will watch over your love or console you in the event of a broken heart.
Church of Santa Trinita, which stands on the ruins of Santa Maria dello Spasimo, an ancient building from the year 1000, traces of which remain in the crypt. Santa Trinita is one of the few Gothic churches in Florence, but like many others, the building has been altered several times and adapted to the tastes of different eras. These modifications have important names, names that have been milestones in the history of Florence and in the history of art: Bernardo Buontalenti (who created the façade and the monumental altar), Antonio del Pollaiolo, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Neri di Bicci, Luca della Robbia and Cimabue.
Church of the Holy Apostles. The church overlooks Piazza del Limbo, so called because in ancient times there was a cemetery where unbaptised children were buried. According to a plaque on the facade of the building, the Church has been there since the year 800, from the time of Charlemagne, one of the oldest in Florence. Inside is a majolica tabernacle by Andrea della Robbia and, above all, the stones that were brought by Pazzino de' Pazzi from the Holy Land after the first crusade. Every year on Easter Day, these flints are used to light the fuse that gives rise to the "Scoppio del carro" (the bursting of the cart).