The Bargello Museum in Florence
The building that is now The Bargello Museum dates back to the 13C, and in the 16C it was the headquarters of the police, the ‘bargello’, and was used as a prison. The museum was established in the 19C. And … Continued
Santa Maria Novella in Florence
The Church of Santa Maria Novella was built in the 13C by the Dominican Order on the site of a earlier church, hence ‘Novella’, and the new church was finally consecrated in 1420. The site is large, with a small burial … Continued
The Cathedral in Florence
The first stone of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence was laid in 1296 and the building was finally consecrated in 1436. The complex of Cathedral (with Brunelleschi’s Dome), Baptistry (11C-12C), and Giotto’s 14C Bell Tower dominates the centre … Continued
The Convent of San Marco, Florence
In November we squeezed in a few days in Florence. I hadn’t been to the city for many years and although I thought I knew Florence it was a discovery and adventure all over again.