BEST VACATION FLORENCE

BEST VACATION FLORENCE

The Rocca, or fortress, was built in 1353It now has only one surviving tower following its dismantling by Cosimo I de’ Medici in the 16th century. It encloses a public garden filled with fig and olive trees, and commands superb views over the vineyards where wine has been produced for hundreds of years. 0 Sant’Agostino Piazza Sant’Agostino. Open daily. This church was consecrated in 1298 and has a simple facade, contrasting markedly with the heavily decorated Rococo interior (c. 1740) by Vanvitelli, architect to the kings of Naples. Above the main altar is the Coronation of the Virgin by Piero del Pollaiuolo, dated 1483, and the choir is entirely covered in a cycle of frescoes of The Life of St Augustine (1465), executed by the Florentine artist Benozzo Gozzoli and a group of his assistants. In the Cappella di San Bartolo, on the right of the main entrance, is an elaborate marble altar completed by Benedetto da Maiano in 1495. The bas-relief carvings show the miracles performed by St Bartholomew, all topped by flying angels and a roundel of the Madonna and Child.

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