Must-see attractions in Oltrarno

  • Brancacci Chapel in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, famous of Renaissance frescoes, Florence

    Cappella Brancacci


    Fire in the 18th century practically destroyed 13th-century Basilica di Santa Maria del Carmine, but it spared its magnificent chapel frescoes – a…

  • Facade view of the Santo Spirito church in Florence. Florence, Tuscany - Italy

    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…

  • Giardino torrigiani


    Giardino Torrigiani


    Astonishing. Behind the unassuming facades of Via de' Serragli lies a vast, secret garden – Europe’s largest privately owned green space...

  • Italy, Florence, River Arno and Ponte Vecchio
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    Ponte Vecchio


    Dating from 1345, iconic Ponte Vecchio was the only Florentine bridge to survive destruction at the hands of retreating German forces in 1944. Above…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Ponte Santa Trinità


    Composed of three elliptical arches of the utmost elegance – the first of their kind ever used in bridge construction – Ponte Santa Trinità was designed…

  • 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…

  • Torre dei Marsili


    Looming large above Ponte Vecchio is this rectangular, five-storey stone tower, built by the Marsili family as a status symbol in the 12th century. The…

  • 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…