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Church of Santa Felicita, Florence

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Santa Felicita is a Roman Catholic church in Florence, region of Tuscany, Italy, probably the oldest in the city after San Lorenzo. In the 2nd century, Syrian Greek merchants settled in the area south of the Arno and are thought to have brought Christianity to the region. The first church on the site was probably built in the late 4th century or early 5th century and was dedicated to Saint Felicity of Rome. A new church was built in the 11th century and the current church largely dates from 1736–1739, under design by Ferdinando Ruggieri, who turned it into a one nave edifice. The monastery was suppressed under the Napoleonic occupation of 1808-1810.The Vasari Corridor passes through the façade of this church and on the inside there is large window, covered by a thick gate, where the Grand Dukes of the Medici family used to listen to the mass without being seen by the people staying at ground level.DescriptionIn the piazza in front of the façade, stands the rebuilt 15th-century Column of Santa Felicita. Only the 14th century Chapter House survives from the Romanesque with fragmentary frescoes (1387) by Niccolò di Pietro Gerini (Crucifixion and in the ceiling, roundels with the Redeemer and the Seven Virtues).
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  • We visited this church after we were able to see the Medici balcony on our tour of the Vasari corridor. The visit was free but closed about 15 minutes after our arrival, perhaps for lunch.If you are i...  more »
  • Enclosed as it is in a locked chapel, visible only through iron railings, I feel that I have never really been able to experience this important Mannerist work in anything like an enjoyable way. I don...  more »
  • This is a lovely little church on the Oltrarno, but its star attraction is an amazing Pontormo painting that is just to your right as you walk in. Don't miss it! The hours are sketchy, and the church ...  more »
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  • Pontormo heaven with a few other gems!
  • good place
  • Great pizzeria there!!
  • Delicious risotto & sea food dish.
  • Very nice treatment, we ate a very rich filet grilled
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