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  • Ponte Vecchio

    "...Ponte Vecchio

    the medieval stone bridge that serves as a pedestrian walkway

    into the old city."

  • Vasari

    "NOT AN APOLOGY,

    Langdon mused.

    An artist’s name.

    “Vasari”

    Sienna stammered..."

  • Casa Dante

    "Sienna

    eyed the banner

    with uncertainty.

    “We’re going

    to

    Dante’s house?”"

One book three cities

inferno

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.

Badia Fiorentina

The abbey was founded in 978 as a Benedectine monastery for monks by Willa, the mother of Ugo di Toscana (patron of the Abbey where he was buried) who endowed it with farms and houses. It was the oldest of Florence. Almost nothing of the first building of the pre-Romanesque church, which rested on the first walls of the city, is left. For centuries the Abbey was the religious center of Florence and, as recalled by Dante, the bell tower of the Abbey beat time of the Florentines’ working day. In 1285 it was decided to redo the Abbey and Arnolfo di Cambio was the architect. It was oriented to the east and the entrance opened onto a street that no longer exists. Here, in the "new" Badia, Boccaccio publicly commented on the Commedia of Dante, and Giotto made his first paintings, unfortunately lost.

In 1627 an internal renovation was made, and the church was rotated 90 degrees. The interior is rich in works of art. The main entrance is on Via del Proconsolo, but if you enter from the entry side of Via Dante Alighieri you will have a beautiful view of the bell tower of 1300, a high and slender structure with a fine spire, which still stands out against the view of the city.

Accademia Gallery

This museum owes its fame to the extraordinary collection of works by Michelangelo. Besides a collection of XIII-XVI century Florentine painting, there is also a collection of plaster casts and another of Russian icons. The gallery was established in 1784 by Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo, who wanted to offer the students at the adjoining Accademia delle Belle Arti fine art works to use as examples. As a result, only works from the Florentine school of painting were chosen, in that they were the only ones considered capable of communicating art.
In 1841, the works then present in the museum were put into chronological order and in 1873 there arrived the most-widely viewed work in the gallery - Michelangelo's David.
Michelangelo started work on this statue in 1502, when he was twenty-six, and finished it two years later in 1504. He created it from an enormous block of marble which had already been roughly-hewn by two other sculptors, who abandoned it because they considered the marble unsuitable for sculpture. It was produced on commission, the request being for a work of religious significance to go in the cathedral. But the political events of the period led to its being placed in front of Palazzo Vecchio, where it remained until it was moved to the Accademia for obvious reasons of conservation.
During the Second World War it was not moved, as many other art works were, but remained in the Accademia, protected by an encircling shield in cement and brick.

Bargello

Wanted by the Guelphs who won the Ghibellines in 1250, it was built five years after the first Republican public building, as the seat of the Capitano del Popolo. Then the palace became the seat of the Podestà, and finally of the Capitano di Giustizia named "Bargello".
Inside the palace there were, in addition to the cells in the basement, a torture chamber and a chapel, where the prisoners spent their last night. The executions took place in the large courtyard where there was the gallows, demolished in 1782 by the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo.
Especially during the not-so-rare riots, as a warning of the supremacy of power, the hanged men were hung at the windows of the Bargello. When the guilty of a crime was not captured, there was a resort to infamy, portraying him on the walls of the Bargello.
In 1859 it was transformed into one of the most important museums.