San Marco

Astonishing fresco paintings, renaissance piazzas and ancient orphanages. The area of San Marco not only is one of the most important junction of public transportation. Here you’ll find some of Florence’s hidden treasures: perhaps they aren’t as famous as the close by David, but they are an absolute must-see. An example? The famous Beato Angelico’s works of art, which you can find in San Marco’s Museums. You can take a look at this area by walking, entering the museums, sitting on Santissima Annunziata Square’s staircase or browsing through one of the city’s college campus.

If you find yourself in this area, before pointing yourself towards the Baptistery and surroundings, take a breath for a minute and enjoy the atmosphere that surrounds Piazza San Marco. Two steps from the Duomo you can breathe a different air.

 Students seated on benches, businessmen passing by, students of the Accademia delle Belle Arti on break. San Marco is a route of passage, of meetings and arrivals. All around are museums, famous galleries, Renaissance stands and historic Universities. Did you expect this from Florence as well? 

Feeling suffocated by the city center? Or maybe you’re in search of some sites that are a bit more unusual and less-traveled. Buy a ticket and go. In San Marco, the busses come and go continuously from one part of the piazza to the next. Whatever the direction, this time the choice is up to you.

The less crowded piazzas, at times, give the most fascinating and unusual views. Are you looking for an original angle for a shot? Here’s a place where you can enjoy a different view of the Dome: Piazza Santissima Annunziata.

Leave the Duomo at your back and turn around. A new piazza awaits you. Full of history, curious details and and places full of art. A few steps from here, you’ll also find an important archeological museum, not to mention the most admired man in the world.

Two loggias and two different stories: “l’Ospedale degli Innocenti” (The Hospital of the Innocents, the first orphanage in all of Europe) and the “Loggia dei Servi di Maria” (Loggia of Maria’s Servants), today a hotel. Two works outside of the huge crowds of Florentines and tourists, but both merit a visit.

Mannerist art in a Renaissance city; this is San Marco. The beauty is hiding in the details, in the plain light of the sun.

For centuries Florence has been a city of artisans and craftsmen. Take a look at the windows. Every corner of the city houses shops worthy of discovering. From the most traditional, to modern shops in medieval buildings, the hidden objects will surprise you.

Museums and Universities, historic cafes and fashionable bars. Whether you’re in Piazza Brunelleschi or Via Ricasoli, keep one thing in mind: every day here you’ll find students on bicycles and tourists in line to see the most beautiful man in the world, Michelangelo’s David.

Around Piazza San Marco cross streets and alleys that will leave you speechless. Suddenly you’ll see historic buildings and botanical gardens.

As writers and poets once did, take a look in the courtyards and historic palaces that preserve green jewelry. Take your time and don’t limit your curiosity. In fact, in some cases you’ll come across an unforgettable experience.

If even Leopardi and Manzoni wrote verses and pages about the green jewelry found in Via Capponi, then there can be no doubt: go in and capture the delights of the historic garden of Palazzo Capponi.

Between universities, high schools, and secluded spaces, San Marco moves at her own rhythm. For this reason you can allow yourself a stroll far away from the tourist chaos, discovering the soul of this quarter, the soul of the center of Florence.