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Santi Apostoli: Calm and Serene
An historic site with no shortage of charm
Santi Apostoli is a very special place in Florence, which is saying a lot in a city of special places. An elegant church that has been around since the early ninth century, legend has it that Santi Apostoli was founded by Charlemagne himself. Santi Apostoli is a small church hidden down the street Borgo SS. Apostoli, close to the Ponte Vecchio
. The facade comes from the Romanesque period and entrance doors are from the 14th century. Beneath the cobbles of PIazza del Limbo is a rather grim monument–a cemetery where unbaptized babies were traditionally laid to rest.
Santi Apostoli has survived the terrible flood of 1966, numerous fires, and has been restored many, many times. The little church is paradoxically one of the most delicate and robust places in Florence's long history.
During the 1966 flood, many of the frescoes were damaged beyond repair. Some are still being restored to this day.
There isn’t a lot of fanfare surrounding Santi Apostoli being that it is rarely mentioned in guidebooks, which only serves to compound the sense of tranquility and respite that characterizes the site. Santi Apostoli is brimming with positive, calm energy; if you need a break from all the running around and sightseeing on your trip, this is an ideal destination. Light a candle and enjoy the silence within these walls, even if only for a few minutes.
About Katie Greenaway
Katie’s 11-year love affair with Florence began when, as a student in Chicago, she decided to study abroad. The attraction of living the Italian lifestyle and speaking its musical language came naturally: Katie’s grandmother was born in the province of Emilia-Romagna. Katie dove headfirst into her heritage though contact with native Italian family members. By 2009, she was off to Florence, and began the process of immersing herself in a new life.
Since then, Katie has stayed happily busy, capturing the culture of her enchanting new home base through words and pictures. She’s always exploring – often by bicycle - when not taking classes or working as an au pair. You’d be most likely to run into her when checking out a hot new wine bar or popping into an espresso bar for a quick boost. Every day holds new surprises for our Florence-based expert, and the challenges of living in a new country keep Katie stimulated and inspired.
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