Attractions

Top Choice Chapel in Oltrarno

Cappella Brancacci

Fire in the 18th century practically destroyed 13th-century Basilica di Santa Maria del Carmine, but it spared the magnificent frescoes in this chapel – a treasure of paintings by Masolino da Panicale, Masaccio and …
Top Choice Church in Oltrarno

Basilica di Santo Spirito

The facade of this Brunelleschi church, smart on Florence's most shabby-chic piazza, makes a striking backdrop to open-air concerts in summer. Inside, the basilica's length is lined with 38 semicircular chapels (cov…
Gardens in Oltrarno

Giardino Torrigiani

Astonishing. Behind the unassuming facades of Via de' Serragli lies a vast, secret garden – Europe’s largest privately owned green space within a historic centre, owned by the Torrigiani Malaspina and Torrigiani di …
Bridge in Oltrarno

Ponte Vecchio

Dating from 1345, Ponte Vecchio was the only Florentine bridge to survive destruction at the hands of retreating German forces in 1944. Above the jewellers' shops on the eastern side, the Corridoio Vasariano (Vasari…
Museum in Oltrarno

Fondazione Salvatore Romano

For a change of pace from the Renaissance, head to this Gothic-style former refectory safeguarding an imposing wall fresco by Andrea Orcagna depicting the Last Supper and the Crucifixion (c 1370), one of the largest…
Tower in Oltrarno

Torre de' Belfredelli

This eye-catching stone medieval tower is the tallest, and probably best preserved, in Florence. It was built for the wealthy Belfredelli family in the 13th century and is today capped with the modern addition of a …
Bridge in Oltrarno

Ponte Santa Trinita

Composed of three elliptical arches of the utmost elegance – the first of their kind ever used in bridge construction – Ponte Santa Trínita was designed in the 1560s by Ammannati, though its arches, reminiscent of t…
Museum in Oltrarno

Casa Guidi

It was on the ground floor of 15th-century Palazzo Guidi, across from Palazzo Pitti, that Robert and Elizabeth Browning rented an apartment in 1847, a year after their marriage. Robert wrote Men and Women in the apa…
Tower in Oltrarno

Torre dei Marsili

Looming large above Ponte Vecchio is this rectangle, five-storey stone tower, built by the Marsili family as a 'status symbol' in the 12th century. The Della Robbia terracotta on the facade was made for the tower's …
Church in Oltrarno

Basilica di Santa Maria del Carmine

Fire in the 18th century practically destroyed this 13th-century church, but it spared the magnificent frescoes in its chapel – the entrance to Cappella Brancacci is to the right of the main church entrance.