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While it may not look like much from the outside, the elaborate interior of Brunelleschi's landmark church proves that it is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture.
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Piazza Santo Spirito 30, 50125, Florence, Italy
Santo Spirito / San Frediano
+39 055 210030
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed December 7, 2004

This is a must see church in Florence, sitting on the beautiful little piazza Santo Spirito, in the Oltrarno section of Florence. It has very little tourist traffic compared to the Duomo or San Lorenzo, but those who have visited it know they have seen...More

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Reviewed June 5, 2014

From the outside it looks basic, nothing compared to the rest of Florence. You'd be forgiven for walking by without even noticing it. However inside you'll be blown away due to the contrast from the outside. No pictures are allowed to be taken inside, but...More

2  Thank Fizzy88
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Off the beaten path of most tourist, the Basilica is an easy walk of the majority of hotels in Florence and it house one of the best hidden treasures of Florence, "The Crucifix of the Holy Spirit", one of Michelangelo's earliest works. A must see...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can't take pictures here but it's free and still worth getting in. I did not think much of the famous Christ.

Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Basilica di Santo Spirito is on a simple square, very plain and unassuming. It does not pull you in by it's outward facade, but when you step in, it is quite beautiful. There is a wooden cross made by Michelangelo, and many other beautiful...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rather than fighting the crowds at larger Duomo or churches, check this out! The art is unbelievable with a crucifix by Michangelo. Great neighborhood with vendors there some mornings

Thank Bailey01Michigan
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

We attended the 9am mass on Sunday. The mass was beautiful and in Italian. The church is very ordinary from the outside but beautiful inside. A nice way to start the day

Thank msnyder12018
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

On the day we visited it was quiet and uncrowded, a welcome change from other locations. Well worth a visit and it us free.

Thank sophia27
Reviewed October 1, 2018

What a peaceful place to sit and enjoy the past and mediate on the future. Not only is this a lovely place and least I forget Michelangelo 's cross, done when he was just 18 years old and marvelous also. Take some time to come...More

Thank 1991KEB
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Although we’ve stayed in Santo Spirito for many years we’ve only ever glimpsed inside the church during a big parade. You aren’t allowed to take photos (there’s a very strict nun there!) but it’s lovely to gaze at and certainly worth a visit

Thank Lesley C
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

The Basilica di Santo Spiritu is an underestimated sight in Florence. I believe it's due to its dull exterior, which is quite unattractive. However it is gorgeous on the inside and totally worth a visit. It also hosts an early work of Michelangelo, a crucifix...More

Thank Ely T O
Reviewed September 6, 2018

The current church was built in the 15th century in Renaissance style, on top of the remains of a monastery of the Augustinians. In fact, the Santo Spirito is one of the most important examples left, of the early Renaissance. t The floor plan of...More

Thank Paul B
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Santo Spirito / San Frediano
A warm evening with a cocktail in your hand and great
company is the ideal way to experience Piazza Santo
Spirito; the area is busiest at sunset for happy hour.
Visitors cannot hide their astonishment sitting on the
staircase under the Basilica of Santo Spirito, and
they cannot help but stare at the architectural
masterpieces like Bianca Cappello House, Fontana dello
Sprone and San Frediano in Cestello and Santa Maria
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