Basilica of Santo Spirito

Masterpiece of Florentine Renaissance

This Church represents, here in Florence, the first real example of separation from the gothic art and marks the beginning of a new way of thinking art and architecture.
It’s the symbol of the Oltrarno District, the area of Florence situated on the left bank of the Arno river that maintains more of the authenticity and vitality of city life, and most of all it’s the emblem of Florentine Renaissance.
Showing itself as simple and elegant building, it’s the perfect example of the architectonic balance that characterizes Brunelleschi technique, the architect who built it.

This is his last best work and keeps inside masterpieces of different ages, like a wonderful crucifix made by Michelangelo at the age of 17 years old, when he was hidden for several months in the sacristy of the church to dissect dead bodies, in order to study human anatomy.

Infos:

  • The church is open to tourists every day except Wednesday from 8.30 am to 12.00 am and from 03.45 pm to 06.00 pm. During holidays the church closes one hour earlier, at 05.00 pm.

  • The entrance is free but to see Michelangelo’s Crucifix you have to pay 2 euro