Badia Fiorentina
Badia Fiorentina
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The oldest monastery in Florence: a Benedictine abbey. Dante used to meet Beatrice here.
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Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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OklahomaMomOf3
Cape Coral, FL2,149 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We stopped in the morning after going through the Bargello, and nothing was going on inside the church then. The church was dark and you could only view a little of it, though you could see the altar and the Filippo Lippi piece. Best if you can time it to come during vespers? We were not charged anything to go in, but there were some people outside at the doors asking for donations (not associated with the church; beggars??) .
The gift shop, which was attended by a very kind and knowledgeable nun, included some unique items like nativities (we were here Oct. 31, so they might be a seasonal item?), jams, lotions and soaps.
Written 27 January 2020
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Keith L
Taunton, UK206 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The church was unmarked but open to visit and sit. The sung evening service is at 6pm daily except Mondays. Billed as Vespers in polyphonic chant it was instead more of a set of Responses similar to most church services. There were three monks and six sisters singing.
Written 29 April 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,724 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It seems this is the oldest abbey in the city. Located along Via del Proconsolo just across from Museo del Bargello, Badia Fiorentia was originally founded in 978 and for a time was a chief building of Medieval Florence. The original abbey was restored and rebuilt several times over the centuries, providing it with various Romanesque, Gothic as well as 17th-century Baroque features and appearance. These days, Badia Fiorentina is managed by the Monastic Communities of Jerusalem.

There is a cloister inside the abbey grounds. Unfortunately, it was undergoing some renovation works so we were unable to visit. The church within the abbey was interesting. Within there are nice chapels with impressive artworks, one of particular note is Filippino Lippi's Appariation of the Virgin to St. Bernard (1486). Definitely worth a brief visit if you plan to see Museo dell Bargello while sightseeing around Florence. You can have a quick look around in 10 minutes or so before or after the museum.
Written 5 April 2024
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Jenny F
Montreal, Canada118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
The Badia was on my to do list while in Florence and I was unexpectedly impressed. From the street level, it can be overlooked when compared to other churches in the city. The interior, however, will leave you in awe. It has an air of tranquility, and seems to bring on serenity once you sit and just gather your thoughts. Whether you are religious minded or not, the atmosphere will seep into your heart. A lovely place to visit if for no other reason than its historical importance and the feeling it leaves in your heart while there.
Written 7 November 2018
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sandra h
Paris, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
While strolling the side streets near the Uffizzi in Florence we stumbled upon a pair of large wooden doors leading to the Badia Fiorentina Church. This old Monastic Community of Jerusalem monks and sisters sing prayers and vespers several times a day. Although I am not Catholic, nor do I understand Latin, I attended Vespers in their small plain Church. The singing was all acappela and they truly had voices like angels. It was a very moving and unexpected highlight of my trip to Florence.
Written 21 September 2014
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luvroma2
Reading, PA1,948 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Whenever we are in Florence, we stop by this church since it is across from the Bargello Museum, where we always visit. This time we happen to walk in during a church service. There were two monks at the lectern and a group of about 10 nuns and monks facing the altar, with their backs toward the congregation, as they sang the entire service, a capella. It was the most beautiful, ethereal thing I have ever heard.

This church is ancient and has beautiful art works, but they are roped off and you cannot get near them, unfortunately.
Written 24 May 2014
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Todd B
Anacortes, WA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
Because there are plenty of reviews of the more famous sights in Firenze (and we found them all generally well worth the attention), this review is in appreciation of a unexpected gem right near the Bargello and Casa di Dante museum. It's an urban monastery that (if you value such things) can provide a calming antidote to "stimulus overload" in such a rich environment as Firenze. We happened upon this place as nuns and monks were gathering to provide a very beautiful sung liturgy -- something that seemed a not-quite-identifiable cross between taize and orthodox chant. If this appeals to you, the adjoining store also has music, soaps, and other crafts that help to fund Badia Florentina.
Written 13 May 2013
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Tucked away from the chaos, discover this lovely church. It is peaceful. The church is lovely inside and the perfect opportunity to refresh.
Written 15 March 2020
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,120 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
This beautiful 10th century Benedictine Abbey was founded by the widow of Margrave of Tuscany. The church bell in the top of the tower inspired Dante to mention it in his Paradiso. Besides all the usual frescoes and historical marble statues scattered around the Church of saint Benedict and the Madonna, there is a neat cloister worth visiting called Chiostro degli Aranci, its where the monks use to grow oranges, to get to it head towards the choir stalls and there is a door on the left leading out to the cloister.
Tip: Check out the 13th century tower at the Palazzo del Barello next door
Written 17 April 2017
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Thomas C
Butler, NJ, United States14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016
This is a nice church, tucked away off the main streets.
It was a spiritual find too. When I went there, I was treated to a prayer service sung by the monks and nuns of the Monastic Fraternity of Jerusalem, originally from Paris. The music was unaccompanied and sung in four part harmony, in Italian, with a bit of French as well. After the Mass on a Sunday, they have cold drinks and cookies or cakes in the courtyard, for all who wish.
Written 24 January 2017
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