Located on the Arno River in Tuscany, Florence (Firenze in Italian) is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance that spread throughout the western world. Today, millions of visitors flock to Florence to enjoy its fine art and architecture, while about 400,000 people make it their home. Florence abounds in beautiful sacred art and religious buildings. Among the most famous are the Duomo, with its distinctive dome designed by Brunelleschi, Michaelangelo's sculpture of David in the Galleria d'Accademia, and the Baptistery with its elaborate bronze doors by Ghiberti.
- Florence Map Our detailed, interactive city map of Florence, showing the location of sacred sites and religious attractions.
- Florence Photos Our galleries of hand-selected photos of religious sites in Florence.
- Florence Books Selected travel guides and other books on Florence.
- Florence Sightseeing Tours Save money and time by booking sightseeing tours and excursions in Florence before you leave home.
- Florence Hotels Search availability, read reviews, browse photos, view a map and book a room in Florence at the guaranteed lowest price.
Sacred Sites and Religious Attractions in Florence
Florence BaptisteryBuilt in the 4th or 5th century, the baptistery is one of Florence's oldest buildings. It is covered inside and out with splendid medieval and Renaissance decoration.
Florence DuomoThis magnificent cathedral is notable for its giant dome, designed by Brunelleschi in 1436, its stripy exterior and its splended baptistery. Inside, the Duomo is a veritable museum of Renaissance art.
San LorenzoThis basilica was founded in the 4th century but the current building dates from the 1420s. Its stark brick exterior hides a magnificent interior by Brunelleschi and two bronze pulpits by Donatello.
San Miniato al MonteThis hilltop church south of the Arno is the finest Romanesque church in Tuscany. It has a beautiful marble facade with inlaid Christian symbols and a fine view of the city.
Santa CroceThis is the principal Franciscan church of Florence, best known for its Florentine artwork and the tombs of illustrious dead such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli.