Itineraries in Oltrarno in Florence

Oltrarno is the district of the historical center of Florence that has suffered less from the globalization of tourism.

Florence: itineraries in Oltrarno

The city of Florence is divided into two by the Arno river which, over the centuries, has made the wealth of the city but has also caused many damages because of the several floods. Various itineraries can be developed in Oltrarno in Florence because, although this part of the city is not too wide, there are many interesting places to visit and know.

This is the district of the historic center of Florence that has suffered less from the globalization of tourism and thanks to this, in Oltrarno I can provide itineraries leading you to discover the true Florentine soul: itineraries in Oltrarno in Florence can be dedicated, for example, to Artistic craftsmanship. Here you can find and visit workshops of stonemasons, gilders, framers, mosaicists, goldsmiths, silversmiths, cabinetmakers, printers, shoemakers, perfumers. The artisans' workshops have made the wealth of Florence and with specific itineraries, in Oltrarno you can visit the shops, talk with the artisans, learn about ancient crafts. It is a tradition that is carried out with effort but with passion and that must be known and preserved.

Antiques and Modern

Itineraries in Oltrarno in Florence can be dedicated to antiques and modern antiques since many galleries and specialized shops are concentrated in this area of ​​the historic center. Via Maggio is one of the most elegant streets of the Florentine Oltrarno and there are interesting Art Galleries for lovers of antiques and modern antiques.

Via Maggio: its palaces

In the same street, there are also beautiful sixteenth-century stately buildings: via Maggio was the main street (maior) of the Oltrarno and the great Florentine families competed to build their palace right on this important artery, near Palazzo Pitti, that is to the palace of the Grand Dukes.

Bianca Cappello: love and tragedy

Among the buildings, attention is caught by the graffiti on the facade of the Palace belonged to Bianca Cappello, whose tragic story I tell you during my itineraries in the Oltrarno in Florence.

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The Basilicas of Santo Spirito and Santa Maria del Carmine

Another itinerary in Oltrarno in Florence can be dedicated to two important basilicas and their precious works of art: the Basilica of Santo Spirito and that of Santa Maria del Carmine. The Basilica of Santo Spirito was rebuilt by Brunelleschi in the fifteenth century and retains fifteenth-century altarpieces of considerable importance. Santo Spirito concentrates in itself the Florentine humanistic spirit thanks to the human-scale spatial architecture and the altarpieces that still play their role as sacred images.

In the Basilica there is also an extraordinary Crucifix carved by the young Michelangelo and given to the Augustinian friars for gratitude. The Basilica of Santa Maria del Carmine dates back to the thirteenth century but inside you can admire an interesting example of Florentine Baroque. Besides, in a side chapel, the Brancacci Chapel, the frescoes by Masaccio with the famous Expulsion from Earthly Paradise are preserved, considered the "big bang" of the Florentine Renaissance.

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Pitti Palace

In Florence, any itinerary in Oltrarno must include a visit to the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens. Palazzo Pitti has for centuries been the nerve center of court life in Florence and the most elegant palace in the whole of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. It was Eleonora of Toledo to remind her husband Cosimo that the Medici owned a palace in Oltrarno, lying on the Boboli hill. The Duchess was more interested in the garden than in the palace and had one made to measure for her own needs. For his part, the Duke decided to transform what was the Luca Pitti outside from the city villa into a royal palace. In the building, enlarged over the centuries, all the Medici lived up to the last representative of the dynasty, Anna Maria Luisa, the Palatine Electrix.

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Boboli Gardens

Subsequently, the palace was inhabited by the Habsburg-Lorraine Grand Dukes, by Elisa Baciocchi, Napoleon's sister and, finally, by the King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II during the period in which Florence was the capital city. Currently, Palazzo Pitti can be visited and in it, you can admire the collections of the Palatine Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Treasury of the Grand Dukes and you can take beautiful walks in the immense Boboli Gardens, the green lung of the historic center.
Although this district is not particularly large, the concentration of things to see is remarkable and therefore interesting itineraries can be developed in Oltrarno in Florence that respond to your interests and preferences.

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