Like your home, in the heart of Florence.
A great solution for visiting the beauties of Florence also for a short trip!
The bed and breakfast Lorenzo de’ Medici is located at few steps from Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, the main train station Firenze Santa Maria Novella and Palazzo Medici Riccardi the Medici’s first home (bought and expanded in 1659 by the Riccardi family).
Florence’s cathedral stands tall over the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, with the baptistery right across. The cathedral named in honor of Santa Maria del Fiore is a vast Gothic structure built on the site of the 7th century church of Santa Reparata, the remains of which can be seen in the crypt.
The cathedral was begun at the end of the 13th century by Arnolfo di Cambio, and the dome, which dominates the exterior, was added in the 15th century on a design of Filippo Brunelleschi. A statue to each of these important architects can be found outside to the right of the cathedral, both admiring their work for the rest of eternity. Can you imagine it took two centuries for the cathedral to be deemed finished? The church was consecrated as soon as the dome was in place although the façade (front of the church) was only half finished by then. It was just decoration, and thus remained unfinished up until the 19th century. At that point, it was actually redone by the likes of the time and finally finished! The exterior is covered in a decorative mix of pink, white and green marble. The interior, by contrast, is pretty stark and plain but quite enjoyable on warm summer days since the temperature inside tends to be cooler. The mosaic pavements are certainly its main attraction within.
The city’s main railway station is Firenze Santa Maria Novella (abbreviated as Firenze SMN). Situated in the city center, it is conveniently close to the major tourist attractions as well as to the main exhibition and trade centers. The station area is also the principal node for buses serving the city and the surrounding area.
The second most important station is Firenze Campo di Marte which is being used increasingly for national and international train services. The Campo di Marte train station is just outside the main road ring (boulevard) that surrounds the historical city center (the viali circonvalazione) and is next to the city’s Artemio Franchi stadium, where Florence’s soccer team, Fiorentina, plays its matches.
The Florence SMN train station is open from 4.15 a.m. to 1.30 a.m.
It was Cosimo il Vecchio who trusted Michelozzo to start work on Palazzo Medici Riccardi in 1444, which continued until it’s completion in 1462. Note the splendid chapel of the magi by Benozzo Gozzoli, apprentice of Beato Angelico. The frescoes found within the small cappella depict some of the most important members of the illustrious Medici family. Let’s move onward towards Piazza San Lorenzo, where the old Basilica of San Lorenzo is located. During the fifteenth century, Cosimo il Vecchio entrusted Filippo Brunelleschi to the grand project to restore the church. The Basilica of San Lorenzo became the burial place for the Medici family, starting with Cosimo il Vecchio, who was buried in a column under the central altar. The Medici Chapels are today one state museum open to the public.
In addittion, in this area whether you are looking for an activity for the whole family, a Tuscan meal, hunting for those local ingredients to try your hands at a Florentine dish or for a souvenir to bring home, the San Lorenzo Market is the place for you. The market is actually comprised of two separate markets, an indoor market, known at the Mercato Centrale, or Central Market, home to all things food and the outdoor section that lines the surroundings streets of the large Mercato Centrale building, selling leather, clothing and many souvenirs. This outdoor market (and the indoor one as well) is a great addition to your sightseeing and to the museum visits you have on your itinerary (especially if you need a break from museums in Florence) so set a whole morning aside to explore the market, ending up at the indoor market for lunch!