Bagno a Ripoli
Places of worship

The Oratory of Santa Caterina in Bagno a Ripoli

The life of the princess martyr narrated in an explosion of colours

Bagno a Ripoli
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
Hill town at the gates of Florence
From the Inn of the wayfarers, "Il Bigallo", to the poetic Ninfeo di Giambologna, better known as the Grotto of Morgan le Fey, passing through sweet urbanised landscapes, lies the beautiful territory of Bagno a Ripoli, to the south of Florence, where there is an unceasing continuity of cypresses and farmhouses, vineyards and olive groves that mount shrines and where a productive reality that ...