Places of worship
This rare gem of the Italian Gothic tradition, the Oratory of Santa Caterina, is not far from Ponte a Ema, on the outskirts of Florence. Built around the mid-fourteenth century by the family Alberti, it shows a simple and geometrical architectonic style, not dissimilar to many others to be found in the countryside between Florence and Siena. Inside there is a wealth of magnificent frescoes and decorations: an explosion of shapes and colours narrating the life of the princess martyr Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, initiated by the Maestro di Barberino and by Pietro Nelli, although the works reach the height of their impetus by the hand of Spinello Aretino, one of the most important exponents of the fourteenth-century Tuscan pictorial tradition. After a long phase of restoration, the works are visible in all their original splendour.
Bagno a Ripoli
BETWEEN FLORENCE AND THE CHIANTI, IN AN ENDLESS COUNTRYSIDE DOTTED WITH VILLAS, PARISH CHURCHES filled with masterpieces, VINEYARDS AND COUNTRY HOMES
From the “Bigallo,” the famous Antico Spedale, to the poetic Nymphaeum by Giambologna, better known as the Fata Morgana Fountain, to the rolling urbanized landscapes. This is the beautiful territory of Bagno a Ripoli, between the city of Florence and the Chianti, where cypress trees and country homes, vineyards and olive groves follow one after another for as far as the eye can see, where ...Morekeyboard_backspace