STREET AND CONTEMPORARY ART IN FLORENCE
If you want to put art and the outdoors together, contemporary art and medieval architecture, this tour is for you. We cross the Arno River and we go to the San Niccolò district, a little area full of nice restaurants, artisans’ workshops and art studios. We can visit two of them: the studio of the street artist Clet, one of the most eclectic contemporary artists of Florence (have you ever seen strange stickers on street signs?), the studio of Blub-Art knows how to swim (I’m sure you’ve noticed the posters pasted on the walls reproducing iconic paintings with snorkeling masks) and the atelier-museum of contemporary goldsmith Alessandro Dari.
THE GREEN WAY OF FLORENCE
Then we go up to the Bardini Garden. This garden was named after its founder the antiquarian Stefano Bardini and nicknamed “the garden of the three gardens” with its English-style wood, baroque staircase and wooded area. The garden was created in the XIX century as a showroom for the great Florentine collector and his ancients works for sale. Today it houses a huge collection of ancient statues, a ‘belvedere’, a spectacular view of Florence, and a beautiful collection of irises, roses and hydrangeas. From here we will make our way to the Rose Garden, with its fantastic panorama and variety of roses, as well as the sculptures by the Belgian modern artist Jean-Michel Folon. The cherry on top will be the breath-taking view of Florence from Michelangelo Square, a magnificent panoramic terrace where you can take the most amazing pictures.
VISIT OF SAN MINIATO CHURCH AND THE HOLY DOORS CEMETERY
San Miniato al Monte is really one of the most scenic churches in Florence. It’s on top of a hill that overlooks the valley where Florence is located. St. Miniato was beheaded in the presence of the Roman Emperor Decius, he is alleged to have picked up his head, crossed the river and walked up the hill where he wanted to be buried. A chapel there was erected by the 8th century. The church is a unique Romanesque style building of the 13th century, sponsored by the Florentine merchants to show off their economic supremacy on the other guilds. Right behind the church, we reach the Cimitero delle Porte Sante, the cemetery of the Holy Doors. Maybe you didn’t think about going to a churchyard while on vacation, but this one is certainly worthy of your time. This monumental cemetery was opened in 1847 and is the final resting place of many famous Florentines (amongst them Carlo Collodi, writer of Pinocchio). When you are inside it’s like leaving the rest of the world behind.
How long? 3 hours
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