San Lorenzo is one of the most characteristic and typical neighborhoods in Florence, located in a central area of the city, between the Cathedral and the Fortezza da Basso. Taking a walk through the ancient streets of this wonderful neighborhood can only start by visiting Piazza San Lorenzo and the Medici Chapels, and then walking on to the Central Market and the Fortezza da Basso.
Piazza San Lorenzo
In Piazza San Lorenzo there is the Basilica of San Lorenzo, surrounded by leather and clothing stalls in a crowded market. The Basilica of San Lorenzo has ancient origins dating back to 1393, when it was consecrated as a cathedral. The shapeless stone façade contrasts sharply with the harmonious interior elegance.
The Medici Chapels
The Medici Chapels are located in the apse of San Lorenzo and include the Chapel of the Princes and the New Sacristy, the latter funeral chapel of the Medici is considered the masterpiece of Michelangelo.
The market of San Lorenzo, also known as the Central Market, consists of a large pavilion of iron and glass, built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1870 and 1874. The market is famous for selling local products and Tuscan salami.
The Fortezza da Basso
The Fortezza da Basso is named by the Florentines to distinguish it from Forte di San Giorgio which is instead located higher up in the hills. The Fortezza da Basso, originally the Fortezza di San Giovanni, was built by Alessandro de ‘Medici in 1534 to defend against any popular uprisings. For this reason it was built in just six months. Today this center operates all year round and has many exhibitions including one of the most important events the “Fiera dell’Artigianato” or “Craft Fair”, which dates back to 1993.
We are all crazy about Sushi, a Japanese dish that has definitely entered the gastronomic habits of young and old. But for those who do not like raw fish? For them here is the Mountain Sushi!
2020 will be the year of proximity tourism in which new tourist destinations will be rediscovered. Sea, mountains, trekking and outdoor holidays, here’s where to spend the 2020 summer holidays in Tuscany!
If you love the dishes of our restaurant L’Olivaia, then you cannot miss the opportunity to attend one of our cooking classes to really learn all the secrets of Tuscan cuisine!
If you like lamb then you can’t miss “Scottadito Lamb” from Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort, a delicious dish that enhances the delicacy of lamb chops.
Mugello is a Tuscan land located in the Apennine watershed, just a few kilometers from the beautiful Florence. It is a part of Tuscany rich in history and artistic treasures, dominated by intense nature and many beautiful villages. One of these, Scarperia in Mugello!
Mother’s Day is an anniversary felt all over the world, especially in Italy. Since “mum is always mum” discover with us how to celebrate her, with 5 original ideas for Mother’s Day 2020!
To become a good rider it is not necessary to start riding at an early age, this is why horse riding is a sport that undoubtedly attracts everyone. Here are the best places to learn to ride a horse near Florence!
The Mugello Moto GP is one of the most anticipated events for lovers of two wheels. Every year thousands of fans arrive in Mugello from all over the world to follow and support their champion. This year the event could be postponed or canceled and many wonder if the Mugello 2020 GP will be Virtual […]