The Badia Fiorentina

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Although I had been into the Badia Fiorentina many times before, I recently had the pleasure of going on a tour there. Alexandra Lawrence provided the tour at a cost of only 15 euro, plus the cost of the entrance to the Badia. In the past, the Badia entrance has been free, but recently they have started collecting 4 euro per person. It is a reasonable cost to see the beautiful and interesting structure.
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The entrance to the church today can be found on via Proconsolo, directly across the street from The Bargello. The church has undergone many restorations and transformations and the church standing today is a product of the 15th century with the inside decorated in the 16th century. The original Badia was a Benedictine order found in 978. Today it is home to the Fraternity of Jerusalem.
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One of the most outstanding features is the cloister. There are orange trees which give it the name, The Cloister of the Oranges, and frescoes depicting the Life of Saint Benedict. Many of them are in great condition!
Important artworks in the church include a painting by Filippino Lippi and one by Giorgio Vasari. There is a large monument and tomb of Hugo di Toscano, credited for financing the original monks in the Badia. The carvings on his tomb are by Mino of Fiesole.
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Alexandra Lawrence does many tours in Florence. She covers known and some of the more unknown topics and places. After studying Italian Literature at the graduate level, Alexandra Lawrence made her permanent home in Florence where she lectures on the history of art and contemporary Italian culture at several local universities. She is particularly interested in female artists and female patronage in Renaissance and Grand Ducal Florence. In addition, Alexandra has written on several of the city’s most important restorations and has enjoyed getting to know many of the experts in the restoration field. She is a professional guide and runs specialized private tours in Tuscany. You can contact her via email at exploreflorence@gmail.com and follow her for all things Florence on Instagram and Twitter .
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One Comment on “The Badia Fiorentina

  1. If you cannot make it to Florence or you want more info about the Badia do what I did. After seeing it twice in person I bought the book The Badia of Florence: Art and Onservance in a Renaissance Monastery by Anne Leader. It is a top notch art book of 315 pages with drawings and photos of artworks. Pub by Indiana Univ Press. Copyright 2012. I have no financial interest in this book but was so happy to see the extensive coverage. Great bibliography to lead you on.

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