Top 10 Off the Beaten Path Things to do

Things to Do, What's New — By katiegreenaway on December 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm

There are many hidden gems in Florence that aren’t on the typical tours. Here are the top ten off the beaten path attractions to visit.

Santi Apostoli church survived the flood of 1966.

Santi Apostoli is one of the oldest churches in Florence. Located in Piazza del Limbo, there is a cemetery under the piazza where babies were buried before being baptized.

Casa di Dante

Casa di Dante (the house of Dante) is located in the same spot where his original house stood. A museum that shows off the original furniture and many visuals of Dante Alighieri’s life.

Santa Felicita church

Santa Felicita is on the way to Palazzo Pitti situated in the piazza that bears the same name as the church. Santa Felicita was built in the Romanesque period on the foundations of a pre-existing fourth century basilica. In the first chapel on the right as you enter is a masterpiece of Florentine Mannerism: the sublime “Deposition” of Pontormo.

Mercato Sant'Ambrogio

Mercato Sant’ Ambrogio is a market that is smaller than Mercato Centrale but has all the same delicious goodness.

Wine doors are prevalent throughout Florence

Wine Doors are prevalent throughout Florence. They can be found in many large palazzi in the center of Florence.

Vasari Corridor

Vasari Corridor is an elevated passageway which connects the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti. It was built because the Grand Duke felt insecure in public which gave him the freedom to walk between his residence and the government palace.

Museo Bardini

Museo Bardini is located in Via de ‘Renai corner of Piazza de’ Mozzi in the Oltrarno district in Florence, is one of the richest museums in the city.

Palazzo Davanzati, Via Porta Rossa

Museo di Palazzo Davanzati an impressive example of a residential structure of exquisite architecture. It was built by the Davizzi family who were wealthy merchant, then it was sold in 1516 to the Bartolini family then an equally wealthy family of Bernardo Davanzati bought it in 1578.

Giardino dell'Orticoltura

Giardino dell’Orticoltura is a garden that is free to enter with a playground for the children and plenty of grass to have a picnic on.

Giardino Torrigiani

Giardino Torrigiani is one of the largest gardens within city walls in Europe. It is a famous 16th century garden of seven hectares and became more famous after Pietro Torrigiani expanded it into the surrounding area.

Don’t miss all the hidden gems on the hidden paths in Florence!

Photo credit: Casa di Dante, Santa Felicita, Mercato Sant’Ambrogio, Vasari Corridor, Museo Bardini, Museo Davanzati, Giardino dell’Orticoltura, Giardino Torrigiani

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