Duration: Half day
Location: Florence
Language: English. Other languages on request
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Accessible Florence Churches Tour 

Accessible tour Santa Maria Novella – church of San Lorenzo (Medici Chapels) – Santa Croce – Duomo

 Santa Maria Novella was the center of the Dominican order in Florence. The church has a Romanesque exterior with white and green marble, a geometric design and a Gothic style inside. In the sacristy, you can admire the cross Giotto painted. The care and beauty of its ornaments described by the name Michelangelo used when referring to the church of Santa Maria Novella: he called it “My wife.” The church of San Lorenzo was rebuilt in Romanesque style around the year 1000. It was later remodeled by Brunelleschi in 1421, commissioned by Bicci Giovanni de Medici, and was completed in 1460 by Antonio Manetti. Michelangelo designed the inner face, the sacristy and the library.

The interior is a simple and rigorous example of Brunelleschi’s Reinassance. Donatello’s sculptural decoration indoors, are great examples of virtuosity and intense drama. You can access Laurentian/Medicean Library, founded by Cosimo the Elder and enlarged by Lorenzo the Magnificent, through the extraordinary staircase designed by Michelangelo. Inside San Lorenzo, you can find the Medici Chapels: The Chapel of the Princes, which contains the tombs of Medici family, Michelangelo’s first architectural work the New Sacristy and the tombs of Giuliano and Lorenzo de ‘Medici (respectively the son and grandson of Lorenzo the Magnificent).

Santa Croce is the largest Franciscan church in Florence. It is one of the most beautiful churches here; its beautiful interior decoration is enriched by the tombs of famous characters of Italian Renaissance, such as Michelangelo and Galileo. The Cathedral of Florence is the most predominant building in the city. It is the fourth Cathedral in the world for size. Inside the cathedral, there are frescoes of absolute artistic value, as well as prestigious Stained Glass.

The names of the artists who worked on the cathedral are very renowned: from Donatello to Vasari. The Cathedral Bell Tower is made of white, pink and green marbles, and Giotto designed it. The bas-reliefs were made by Pisano and della Robbia. The Baptistery was originally a pagan temple with its gilded bronze doors, which include the Gates of Paradise.

 

On request, with an extra cost, it is possible to have an accessible transfer with vehicle equipped with lift.

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