Around the Duomo

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The heart of Florence, stretching from the Piazza del Duomo south to the Arno, is as dense with artistic treasures as any place in the world. Its churches, medieval towers, Renaissance palaces, and world-class museums and galleries contain some of the most outstanding achievements of Western art.

Much of the centro storico (historic center) is closed to automobile traffic, but you still must dodge mopeds, cyclists, and masses of fellow tourists as you walk the narrow streets, especially in the area bounded by the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Galleria degli Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio. Via dei Calzaiuoli, between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, is the city’s favorite passeggiata.

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Oratorio dei Buonomini di San Martino

Founded in 1441 by Antoninus, Bishop of Florence, to offer alms to the poveri vergognosi (the ashamed poor), this one-room…

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Palazzo Davanzati

The prestigious Davanzati family owned this 14th-century palace in one of Florence's swankiest medieval neighborhoods. The place is a delight,…

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San Michele Visdomini

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

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