Top 4 Churches To Visit In Florence That Aren’t The Duomo

Don’t miss these churches if you want to see the best of what Florence has to offer.

While it might be tempting to check out Cattedrale Di Santa Maria Del Fiore (Florence’s most iconic church) and move on to other attractions, this would be a mistake. The city has over 50 beautiful churches that each have their own unique stories and architecture. Here we’ve included four that shouldn’t be missed if you want to see the best of what Florence has to offer.

Basilica Di Santo Spirito

Piazza Santo Spirito, 30, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs-Sun 9:30am-12:30pm, 4pm-5:3-pm, Closed Wed

Across the river, in the Oltrarno district, you’ll find Santo Spirito. Originally an Augustinian convent, it is not as ornate as one might expect from a basilica. It almost looks unfinished, with no marble or pillars adoring the outside. Much like the outside, the inside is not very grand, focusing more on a simple but harmonious design, filled with light.

Basilica Di Santa Croce

Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun 2:00pm-5:30pm

While the Duomo is certainly the  most eye-catching church in Florence, Santa Croce is the most important.  It has a beautiful, marble façade, one of the most impressive in Florence. Inside, you’ll find towering ceilings, and highly decorated tombstones lining the walls. Important Florentines  are buried there, such as Machiavelli, Galileo, and Michelangelo.

Basilica Di San Lorenzo

Piazza di San Lorenzo, 9, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1:30pm-5pm

Much more rustic than some of the other churches in Florence, this once stood as the official cathedral of Florence. It is said to be the first cathedral in Florence, dating back to the year 393. This was the parish church of the Medici family, and thus  you will find them buried here in what is called the Medici Chapels.

Santa Maria Novella

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Hours: Mon-Thurs, Sat 9am-5:30pm, Fri 11am-5:30, Sun 1-5:30pm

A gorgeous, gothic church, Santa Maria Novella  is one of the most important churches in Tuscany architecturally speaking. Inside you’ll find a vast space, full of important art  that perfectly represents Renaissance patronage of the arts. Make sure to check out the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica, what is said to be the oldest pharmacy in the world.

Photos: Mackenzie Diamond

Mackenzie Diamond

Content Editor, Business Partner

Mackenzie is a Connecticut native who loves finding the next big adventure. She enjoys cooking, dogs, and relaxing on a beach with a great book. If you want her heart, you find it on top of the Duomo in Florence.

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