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Badia Fiorentina

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Address: Via del Proconsolo | Via Dante Alighieri, 50122, Florence, Italy
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The oldest monastery in Florence: a Benedictine abbey. Dante used to meet...

The oldest monastery in Florence: a Benedictine abbey. Dante used to meet Beatrice here.

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Off the beaten track, but right in the center of Florence

We had the place to ourselves and it was peaceful and charming. One can see the impressively tall bell tower from some streets away, but it is difficult to ascertain how to find... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

We had the place to ourselves and it was peaceful and charming. One can see the impressively tall bell tower from some streets away, but it is difficult to ascertain how to find it. In Florence, it is so nice to be able to visit a quiet place so close to the tourist Mecca of the Piazza Signoria; one can... More 

Thank antiques223
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

This beautiful 10th century Benedictine Abbey was founded by the widow of Margrave of Tuscany. The church bell in the top of the tower inspired Dante to mention it in his Paradiso. Besides all the usual frescoes and historical marble statues scattered around the Church of saint Benedict and the Madonna, there is a neat cloister worth visiting called Chiostro... More 

1 Thank Hanger24
Butler, NJ, United States
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

This is a nice church, tucked away off the main streets. It was a spiritual find too. When I went there, I was treated to a prayer service sung by the monks and nuns of the Monastic Fraternity of Jerusalem, originally from Paris. The music was unaccompanied and sung in four part harmony, in Italian, with a bit of French... More 

Thank Thomas C
Lossiemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

We visited on our last morning in Florence. I had "popped" my head in the previous evening during Vespers, but didn't want to disturb. Lovely, quiet and an oasis from the hustle and bustle outside. Whether you are religious or not (I'm not), I find the churches of Florence to contain some of the best art and architecture in the... More 

Thank Kevin F
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

I popped in to see the church around 6:30pm and the Monks and Nuns were singing the most lovely mass. It was acapella and magical. I tried a couple more times to attend a service but missed...what a shame! This is a true gem of worship!

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Logan, Utah
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

I went with my wife to sit in on Vespers one day last week. Within the context of Florence today (full of tourists with most of the economy reliant on catering to non-Italians) it felt almost like an oasis. The abbey continues a daily ritual that has been part of Florentine (and any Catholic) society for centuries. They provide the... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 June 2016

I almost do not want anyone else to know about this place but I feel it will add such a special quality to your stay in Florence. Go to vespers at 6pm and hear the service sung by the monks and nuns who have a community here. Talk to them; they don't cut themselves off from society but believe in... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

This abbey was originally built by the Benedictines in 978 as a monastery and is located across the "Casa di Dante" museum and near the Bargello Palace Museum in the center of Florence. A hospital was established in the abbey in 1071 while the church was rebuilt in Gothic style between 1284-1310. The prominent Romanesque bell tower with a fine... More 

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San Gwann, Malta
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Reviewed 25 January 2016

The Church is nothing special compared with other churches in Florence. Thus it makes a big contrast when you pay to visit such a church when other churches with more to see are free. Inside the church there is a Filippino Lippi that is worth a visit but unfortunately not else really. The Chiostro degli Aranci is in a sad... More 

Thank Pierre B
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 October 2015

Happened to be in time for 11.00 Mass, Sunday 25/10/15, even though on the way to the Duomo. Experienced absolute peace and calm as soon as I entered this wonderful church and I shall treasure the memory of Mass here for the rest of my life.

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Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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