FLORENCE OF THE CENACLES AND OTHER GEMS
- We’ll start off in Piazza Santo Spirito and go into the first cenacle, with frescos painted by Andrea Orcagna in the 14th century. It’s almost a ruin but it’s also an important chronological starting point for giving an account of the history and iconography of the cenacles and visiting the little Roman foundation museum.
- Very near to the piazza is the tabernacle in Via dei Preti with commentary on its use.
- We’ll then cross the river and along the Arno we’ll come to Piazza Ognissanti, a piazza I love to visit to look at Palazzo Lenzi, the Insitut Français de Florence. In the piazza is the lovely church called Ognissanti and, beside it, the cenacle, a fresco painted by Ghirlandaio in 1480.
- As we go to see the Fuligno cenacle by Perugino (1505), we’ll stop in front of a tabernacle by Giovanni da S. Giovanni (17th century).
- We’ll make a slight deviation into Via Nazionale to see the Fonticine terracotta tabernacle by Della Robbia.
- Next we’ll go to see the cenacle of St Apollonia, a fresco painted in 1445-50 by Andrea del Castagno.
- As we go towards Piazza San Marco, we’ll go into one of my favourite places in Florence, the Scalzo cloister, with wonderful monochrome frescos painted by Andrea del Sarto at the beginning of the 16th century. We then continue our walk towards a school which has a Crucifixion painted by Perugino at the end of the 15th century.
- On our way back towards the city centre, in the Albizi area, there’s a tabernacle dating back to the end of the 12th century.
- As we pass though Dante’s quarter, we’ll stop in the little San Martino church to talk about the Buonomini Congregation and we’ll see Dante’s real house and another wine hole.
- Finally, coming back to Piazza Santa Maria Novella, we’ll stop in Piazza Strozzi to see yet another wine hole, after which we’ll find another tabernacle not far way.
- When we get to Piazza Santa Maria Novella, we’ll go into the Old Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, where the rooms where you shop are all covered with frescos and the products (from tea to perfume, soap and creams) are a perfect delight and a very nice reward after this lovely walk.
Finding out more…
To change this half-day into a nice whole day, we can go to see the cenacles in the San Marco church and museum complex (a cenacle by Ghirlandaio and a large fresco by Sogliani, as well as paintings and frescos by Fra Angelico) and the Santa Croce complex with frescos by Giotto and Taddeo Gaddi’s Tree of the Cross (14th century).
There is a charge for entry to Santa Croce, San Marco and to see the Santo Spirito cenacle.
There is now a bike hire service in Florence as well as pedal rickshaws. Ideal for getting quickly from one piazza to another.
– Florence is easily reached by train. If you would like a comfortable tour driven by a private driver, call me, without commitment, for a quotation.