Chiesa di Santa Trìnita

Church in Santa Maria Novella

Built in Gothic style and later given a mannerist facade, this 14th-century church shelters some of the city's finest frescoes: Lorenzo Monaco's Annunciation (1422) in Cappella Bartholini Salimbeni and eye-catching frescoes by Ghirlandaio depicting the life of St Francis of Assisi in Cappella Sassetti, right of the altar. The frescoes were painted between 1483 and 1485 and feature portraits of illustrious Florentines of the time; pop a €0.50 coin in the slot to illuminate the frescoes for two minutes.

Look out for the crest of the Bartholini Salimbeni family on the floor of the chapel – it features poppies and the motto 'Per Non Dormire' (For Those Who Don't Sleep), a reference to the fact that the family fortune resulted from the acquisition of an important cargo of wool from Northern Europe, a deal sealed unbeknown to their business rivals, who had been doped with opium-laced wine at a lavish party the night before the cargo was due to arrive in Florence.


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