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  • 1. Duomo

    Duomo

    In 1296, Arnolfo di Cambio (circa 1245–1310) was commissioned to build "the loftiest, most sumptuous edifice human invention could devise" in the Romanesque style on...Read More

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  • 2. Santa Croce

    Santa Croce

    As a burial place, this Gothic church (whose facade dates from the 19th century) contains the skeletons of many Renaissance celebrities. The tomb of Michelangelo...Read More

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  • 3. Badia Fiesolana

    From the church of San Domenico it's a five-minute walk northwest to Fiesole's original cathedral. Dating from the 11th century, it was first the home...Read More

  • 4. Badia Fiorentina

    Bargello

    Originally endowed by Willa, Marquess of Tuscany, in 978, this ancient church is an interesting mélange of 13th-century, Renaissance, baroque, and 18th-century architectural refurbishing. Its...Read More

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  • 5. Basilica di San Lorenzo

    San Lorenzo

    Filippo Brunelleschi designed this basilica, as well as that of Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno, in the 15th century. He never lived to see either...Read More

  • 6. Cappelle Medicee

    San Lorenzo

    This magnificent complex includes the Cappella dei Principi, the Medici chapel and mausoleum that was begun in 1605 and kept marble workers busy for several...Read More

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  • 7. Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia

    San Marco

    The frescoes in the refectory of a former Benedictine nunnery were painted in sinewy style by Andrea del Castagno, a follower of Masaccio (1401–28). The...Read More

  • 8. Certosa

    This incredible Carthusian complex was largely funded in 1342 by the wealthy Florentine banker Niccolò Acciaiuoli, whose guilt at having amassed so much money must...Read More

  • 9. Duomo

    A stark medieval interior yields many masterpieces. In the raised presbytery, the Cappella Salutati was frescoed by 15th-century artist Cosimo Rosselli, but it was his...Read More

  • 10. Ognissanti

    Santa Maria Novella

    The Umiliati owned this architectural hodgepodge of a church before the Franciscans took it over in the mid-16th century. Beyond the fanciful baroque facade by...Read More

  • 11. Orsanmichele

    Piazza della Repubblica

    This structure has served multiple purposes. Built in the 8th century as an oratory, in 1290, it was turned into an open-air loggia for selling...Read More

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  • 12. San Domenico

    If you really want to stretch your legs, walk 4 km (2½ miles) toward the center of Florence along Via Vecchia Fiesolana, a narrow lane...Read More

  • 13. San Francesco

    This lovely hilltop church has a good view of Florence and the plain below from its terrace and benches. Off the little cloister is a...Read More

  • 14. San Michele Visdomini

    Duomo

    Aficionados of 16th-century mannerism should stop in this church, which has a Sacra Conversazione by Jacopo Pontormo (1494–1556). The early work, said by Vasari to...Read More

  • 15. San Miniato al Monte

    San Niccolò

    This abbey, like the Baptistery a fine example of Romanesque architecture, is one of the oldest churches in Florence, dating from the 11th century. A...Read More

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  • 16. Sant'Ambrogio

    Santa Croce

    Named for the Bishop of Milan, this 10th-century church once belonged to an order of Benedictine nuns. Just this side of austere, the church is...Read More

  • 17. Santa Felicita

    Palazzo Pitti

    This late-Baroque church (its facade was remodeled between 1736 and 1739) contains the Mannerist Jacopo Pontormo's Deposition, the centerpiece of the Cappella Capponi (executed 1525–28)...Read More

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  • 18. Santa Maria del Carmine

    Santo Spirito

    Fire destroyed most of this church in the 18th century, but, miraculously, the Cappella Brancacci—at the end of the right transept and containing a masterpiece...Read More

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  • 19. Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi

    Santa Croce

    One of Florence's hidden treasures, a cool and composed Crucifixion by Perugino (circa 1445/50–1523), is in the chapter house of the monastery below this church....Read More

  • 20. Santa Maria Novella

    Santa Maria Novella

    The facade of this church looks distinctly clumsy by later Renaissance standards, and with good reason: it is an architectural hybrid. The lower half was...Read More

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