Florence Tourist Sites

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The Horne Museum in the southwest corner of the district was created by the English art historian Herbert Horne. It presents art and a picture of everyday life during the Renaissance. The building itself dates back to the late Fifteenth Century. It was closed for a decade after the flood.

In the early Sixteenth Century Michelangelo bought a complex of three houses not far north of the Santa Croce Basilica. He never lived here (did you ever think of Michelangelo, the landlord) and bequeathed the property to his nephew, Lionardo Buonarroti, hence the name Casa Buonarroti.

It’s now a museum containing several Michelangelo’s works, including one of his first masterpieces: the “Madonna della Scala”. The on-site library contains family archives and some of his letters and drawings. A major feature of the district’s north end Florence’s synagogue, built in the late Nineteenth Century in Spanish-Moorish style. Some say that its dome and decorations resemble those of a mosque. The on-site museum displays ritual objects dating back to the Seventeenth Century.

 

 

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