Other areas to stay in Florence
Just north of the Doumo you will find the neighborhood of San Lorenzo. The district is named after the famous old church that was built here by the name of San Lorenzo which was constructed between 1419 and 1469.
Founded by the Medici family, this church is a magnificent gem of Florence, despite its rustic outside appearance, the inside is elaborately decorated with a stunning red and cream inlaid mosaic floor. The church is also decorated by blue cherubs and red seraphims. This site is stuffed to the brim with class and style and is a must see during your time in Florence.
For a quick educational lesson you might want to take in the, “Bibliotheca Medici Laurenziana”, this is a historic library that was designed by Michelangelo himself. The extra large stairs is a typical portrayal of manneristic art and the beginnings of Baroque design.
This library also has quite a collection of Italian manuscripts and documents that were a collection of Cosimo the Elder, and was later enlarged by Lorenzo the Magnificent. This was one of the first libraries created that was not solely a religious institution. This church is also famous for the Medici chapels which contain the mortal remains of over 50 members of the Medici family. Both Cosimo the Elder and Donatello are buried beneath this great cathedral as well. This is a historic and fun site to visit as you travel through the history of Florence.
Just East of the Doumo you will find Santa Croce. In this district you will find the area’s name sake in the, “Basilica of Santa Croce”, this ancient chapel was built in 1294 by Arnolfo di Cambio. This church is actually the burial ground of the famed artist Michelangelo, and is also the final resting place for Machiavelli. But this location is not only famous for the dead, it is quite alive with energy for the living as well.
Santa Croce is the site of wild football game spectacle every year in June. It can be hectic during the football season, but afterwards the district calms down quite a bit and becomes a relaxation point for many a visitor. You absolutely must come to see the, “Museo del’ Opera di Santa Croce & Cappella dei Pazzi”. Lining this square is a mix of shops and restaurants with outside tables and other great attractions.
After this stop head on past the Museo Horne to the Pointe Alle Grazie one of the most famous bridges in Florence. This bridge was actually blown up by the Germans as they made their retreat from Florence at the end of World War Two. The bridge was then rebuilt in 1957 and despite its brush with war has become a haven for those who are distraught and seeking peace. Standing upon this structure is a perfect way to unwind at the end of tour in Florence, by looking over the side of this beautiful bridge to the renaissance.