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“A hidden gem”
Review of Ognissanti

Ognissanti
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

You wouldn't expect the beauty inside from looking outside. A must see hidden delight of Florence. Botticeli's tomb is so discreet it took us ages to find it.

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

If we hadn't have being staying in the St Regis hotel on the last night of our trip to Tuscany we may have missed this gem
There was a choir singing outside when we passed earlier in the week which attracted our attention
It is a beautiful Franciscan church dating back to the 13th century, the frescos are amazing and the tomb of Botticelli is here
No queues and although small much more memorable for me then the Duomo
Well worth a diversion from the main tourist trail and the roof terrace of the Westin hotel in the same square is a great place for refreshment after

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Reviewed 20 May 2016

The Ognissanti is a beautiful church on the other side of the Arno river. There are a number of famous people buried here including (as we were told) Botticelli. Nice artworks and a serene quiet atmosphere!

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Reviewed 26 January 2016

The Piazza di Ognissanti is located on the right bank of the Arno River, just to the west of the historic center of Florence, Italy. The monument in the piazza is “Hercules and the Lion” by Romano Romanelli, 1935, the work of a member of a Florentine family of sculptors still active today. Facing the Arno across the piazza is the thirteenth century church, The Chiesa di Ognissanti (All-Saints Church.)

The church is easily recognizable from all over Florence because of its distinctive bell tower. From the outside, the façade is unimposing; it looks like a simple parish church. Inside, it is anything but simple. The church isn’t large, but the inside is awe-inspiring. It is also a repository for the artwork of world-famous Italian artists. Before I went into the church, I knew nothing about it, but now I am convinced that Italian churches are the best.

The church, founded in 1256, benefited from the Renaissance because wealthy families vied to have well-known artists do artwork in their churches. The Chiesa di Ognissanti was the parish church of the Vespucci, a wealthy merchant family and the family of the Italian explorer Amerigo, who gave his name to the Americas. Botticelli and Ghirlandaio, early Italian Renaissance painters, were also members of the same congregation. Botticelli, whose muse was Simonetta Vespucci, the model for Venus in Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” is buried in a chapel in the church.

The “Madonna of Mercy,” is a fresco which shows the Blessed Virgin protecting members of the Vespucci family, and frescoes of Botticelli’s “Saint Augustine” and Ghirlandaio's “Saint Jerome in his Study,” were commissioned by the Vespuccis in 1480. When you go, don’t forget to look up at the ceiling. It is a trompe l’oeil painting (an illusion of a three-dimensional object), in this case a balcony, at the end of the ceiling nearest the altar. Located in a separate building next door to the church is Ghirlandaio’s “Last Supper.” The fresco covers an entire wall in the monastery refectory and may have influenced Leonardo da Vinci when he painted his masterpiece of the same name. Admittance to the refectory is on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, from 9:00 AM to noon. The church itself is open from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 4 PM to 7:45 PM Monday through Thursday and Saturday. Friday it is open from 4 PM to 7:45 PM, and Sunday it opens at 8 AM.

As luck would have it, I was inside the church when a wedding began. It was a glorious occasion in a splendid setting, and it was an honor to witness this marriage. I know that Florence is an art-lover’s paradise, but this church has not only great artwork, but also resonates with historic and artistic connections to our own world. Knowing a little about the real-life people who belonged to this church makes the experience that much more meaningful. Regardless, the church is a spectacular surprise that will leave you with a lasting impression of the glories of the Italian Renaissance.

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Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

We love all his paintings and were pleasantly surprised to find out this was his burial ground. Bring your letter to leave for him since there's a basket for visitors to leave him their message. Also Ghirlandaio's Last Supper is here but currently under restoration and not available for viewing

Thank Matthew F
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