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From Signoria square to Orsanmichele church
The starting point of this itinerary is the Signoria square, opened during the centuries 13th and 14th, outstanding among the medieval squares.
The Signoria square, centre of Florence political and public life, unites in its settings the proud character of the Florentine people. It is in this square that solemn ceremonies took place, in front of the members of the Signoria and the people. Here on May, 24 1498, took place the Savonarola sacrifice, hanged and then burned together with its brothers. A marble disc on the flagged pavement records the tragedy.

Walking Opening Hours largely depends on the Opening Hours you’ll need to visit to the Uffizi Gallery. Without the visit inside the Uffizi Gallery Museum provide for two hours for this visit.

  1. Signoria Square
  2. Palazzo Vecchio
  3. The Uffizi Square
  4. Vasarian Corridor
  5. Old Bridge
  6. Por Santa Maria Street
  7. Palazzo di Parte Guelfa
  8. Loggia of the New Market
  9. Via de’ Calzaiuoli

SIGNORIA SQUARE

PALAZZO VECCHIO

Signoria Square
Paying visit
OPENING HOURS
from Monday to Wednesday h 9.00am - 7.00pm; Thursday h 9.00am  - 2.00pm
Tel.: 0552768465 - www.nuovopalazzovecchio.org

UFFIZI SQUARE

The square enclosed and narrowed by two parallel buildings, a masterpiece by Vasari, is lightened by the thick columns sustaining the arcades and by the exquisite craftmanship windows disposed in three floors. The opening to the Arno river of the grand arcade at the other end, offers a view on the gardens that go up till San Miniato’s Church, through Costa San Giorgio which gives a sense of magic to this place.

Uffizi Gallery - Uffizi Square
Paying visit
OPENING HOURS
from Tuesday to Sunday, h 8.15am - 7.00pm
Tel.: 0552388651; RESERVATION: Phone: 055294883
www.uffizi.firenze.it

VASARIAN CORRIDOR


Reservations: Phone: 0552654321

When Cosimo 1st elected the Pitti Palace as his dwelling, he asked Vasari to build this private corridor to connect the old building of the Palazzo Vecchio to his new housing.
In the most southern part of the Old Bridge the corridor bend to go around the Mannelli Family’s tower, who denied the transit through their property.
A piece of advice: to be able to enjoy the visit , by far the most pleasant one to reach Ponte Vecchio from the Uffizi Gallery, you need a special permission, so it is advised to book with a long anticipation and high insistence.

PONTE VECCHIO (OLD BRIDGE)

VIA POR SANTA MARIA 

In the street, totally reconstructed after the bombardments of World War II, it is possible to observe the Romanesque façade of polychrome marbles of Saint Stephen Church (1233) and, on the other end, two houses-towers, typical of medieval Florence, respectively of the XI and of the XIII century

PALAZZO DI PARTE GUELFA

Piazza di Parte Guelfa

Behind the Loggia of the New Market, in the middle of the medieval centre of the city, stands the Building of the Capitani of the Guelf party. The building, built at the beginnings of 1300 on an area confiscated to the Ghibellinis, was then enlarged by Filippo Brunelleschi at the beginning of 1400. The visit in the superb Brunelleschi’s hall featured by the wooden ceiling by Vasari and also a lunette decorated by Luca della Robbia is not to be missed. It is also to the genius of the Vasari that we owe the beautiful small loggia.

LOGGIA OF THE NEW MARKET

Calmala street

Characteristic for its stalls selling flowers, straws and laces; it was built in 1551 by G. B. Tasso. On its South sides it is animated by the popular Porcellino Fountain (P. Tacca 1612) sculpted with a boar statue, a copy of an ancient statue.

DE CALZAIUOLI STREET

One of the major streets of the city, which connect the Signoria square to the Cathedral square.
It is flanked by noble buildings among which the gothic churches of Orsanmichele and San Carlo dei Lombardi stand out.

ORSANMICHELE

Via dell’Arte della Lana
Paying visit
Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday h 9.00am – 12.00 am and 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Closing hours: the first and the last Monday of the month
Tel.: 055284944

Erected as a loggia - the wheat market, this unusual Gothic building was transformed into the church, S. Michele all’Orto, toward to end of the '300. The arcades of the ground floor were closed by trifold ornament and two new floors were added to the building.
In the niches of the arcades, statues of famous sculptors such as Giambologna, Verrocchio, Donatello, Ghiberti testify of the evolution of Florentine sculptures from the '300 to the '500. The inside is formed by to two aisles on pillars. Of notable interest are the stained glass windows and the famous Tabernacle by Andrea Orcagna, built in marble with mosaics and bas-reliefs, a true jewel of Florentine Gothic style.

PALAZZO DELL’ARTE DELLA LANA

This tourreted building of 1300 is located in front of the Orsanmichele Church.
It comprises two main bodies. From the lower one, it is possible to access to the magnificent upper Orsanmichele’s halls and to the gothic tabernacle consacrated to Saint Mary of the Trumpet, with a panel decorated by Iacopo del Casentino.

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