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  • Ponte Vecchio

    "...Ponte Vecchio

    the medieval stone bridge that serves as a pedestrian walkway

    into the old city."

  • Santa Croce

    “And to round out your image of Dante,

    here is

    a statue from the

    Piazza di Santa Croce..."

  • Campanile Giotto

    "Up ahead rose the unmistakable shape

    of a campanile...

    Commonly known as

    Giotto’s bell tower..."

One book three cities


Robert Langdon is back and he has replaced his Harris tweed suit and Mickey Mouse watch with a Brioni suit as he goes about solving this new Italian mystery.
The book "Inferno" sets out to challenge a scenario where all of the characters are not what they purport to be.

Amongst the many coup de theatre in the book the striking characters are the three magnificent cities making up the backdrop to this adventure, namely Florence, Venice and Istanbul. On our site you will find details of all of the locations visited by Sienna and Prof. Langdon in their race against time to...

Book your tour in Florence

ssh24If you loved, as we did, Langdon's adventures through the tiny streets of Florence, you can't miss our tour of the city.

The tour starts at 9.15 from Boboli then, after crossing Ponte Vecchio, offers an accurate visit of Palazzo Vecchio. It continues to the Badia Fiorentina, where the book starts and then stops at the Church of Dante where you can learn more about the Divine Comedy.

Immerse yourself in this unusal tour on the trail of Bob Langdon and pick the chance to view Florence from a different perspective, 

all you have to do is book the tour.





Baptistry of San Giovanni

The Baptistry of San Giovanni is thought to be the oldest monument in Florence. The first known mention of it was in a document dated 897, but the exact date of its construction is not known.
In the Middle Ages, it was believed that it had been a temple to Mars in the Augustan age, which was then transformed into a Christian church dedicated to John the Baptist around about 310. This hypothesis has not been confirmed historically, but it is certain that the "Bel San Giovanni", as Dante called it in the Inferno, is very dear to the Florentines' hearts; San Giovanni is the patron saint of the city (celebrated on June 24), and the effigy of the saint was also reproduced on the ancient Florentine coin, the florin.
On November 6, 1059, the Baptistry was reconsacrated by the Pope and Bishop of Florence, Nicola II, probably while the old building was being enlarged, with the addition of the third tier and the construction of the pyamidal roof.
At first, there were steps up to the edifice, but these disappeared as the level of the street gradually rose.
In the interior of the Baptistry, besides the spectacular marble floor (partially tessellated with signs of the zodiac), the XIV century baptismal font of the Pisan school, and the precious mosaics inside the dome, there are also other extremely significant works of art.
The building has a characteristic octagonal layout, and is known throughout the world for the magnificence of its three sets of carved bronze doors; positioned according to the cardinal points, these carvings recount the history of humanity and of the Redemption.
The central door has scenes from the Old Testament, while the south door recounts the history of St. John the Baptist. Finally, the north door relates the story of Christ. These doors, which replaced older ones in wood, were produced by supreme artists: the south doors (the oldest) are the work of Andrea Pisano, the north doors (also called the Doors of the Cross), were created by Lorenzo Ghiberti, as were the east doors, usually referred to as the Doors of Paradise.
Although it is included in the area of Piazza Duomo, the Baptistry has another piazza in front of its entrance, Piazza San Giovanni, which was enlarged many centuries ago with the setting back of the Palazzo dell' Arcivescovado.