If you miss out on visiting the best churches in Florence, Italy, you would be missing out on the heartbeat of the city.
Nothing else in Florence can capture the true essence of the city like its churches. There are more than 100 of them spread across the city, representing the catholic tradition of this part of Italy. Housed in architectural masterpieces, they are also a sight to behold with its incredible history, fascinating details, sky-scraping domes, and famous fresco designs.
However, due to a great many churches, it’s not possible to visit all of them. So, let’s find out the most important churches in Florence, Italy, you must visit during your travel.
Santa Maria del Fiore
Capped by the biggest brick dome ever made by humans, the Santa Maria del Fiore is one of the most recognizable churches in the world. The dome can be seen in almost any picture of Florence and was designed by the city’s one of the most gifted minds of the Renaissance period – architect Filippo Brunelleschi.
It is located right in the city center, alongside the Baptistery of St. John and the Giotto’s Campanile. Inside, you would find delightful mosaic works, frescos, and other artworks. Also, don’t forget to climb up the bell tower as it will allow you to have a mesmerizing view of the city.
Basilica di Santa Croce
Another famous church of Florence, which houses the tombs of many of its greatest sons, including scientists Galileo, poet Ugo Foscolo, artist Michelangelo and many others. Although the church was damaged during the 1966 flood, it still remains one of the stunning buildings in the city for its incredible Gothic structure. The sixteen chapels adorned with Giotto’s frescoes are something you must not miss.
Basilica di San Lorenzo
Consecrated back in 393, Basilica di San Lorenzo is one of the oldest churches in Florence, Italy. This church took a long time to be completed and have benefitted from the contributions of Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, etc. In fact, the church still looks unfinished, with its present structure designed Brunelleschi back in the 15th century.
Its exterior was supposed to have façades designed by Michelangelo, however, it was never realized. You can see a model by visiting the nearby Casa Buonarroti. You can still find some of his sculptures, along with the tombs of the Medici family.
San Miniato al Monte
Located close to Piazzale Michelangelo Just outside the city walls, San Miniato is a beautiful Romanesque church in Florence. Positioned in one of the highest points, it offers the most comprehensive, panoramic view of the city. Getting inside, you are sure to be charmed by the frescoes designed by Taddeo Gaddi and the church’s other artworks. It also houses some tombs of the city’s high achievers.
Today, it’s a highly spiritual place looked after by its resident monks. The monks are famous for their herbal teas and honey, so you may want to do some shopping.
Published by Matthew Piggot