Chiesa di Santa Felicita

Glimpse the Medici's Corridoio Vasariano

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Santa Felicita is an 18th century remake of a 4th century church (for some time, Florence’s oldest church). Brunelleschi’s Cappella Barbadori is inside the door on the right and Jacopo Pontormo’s excellent frescoes of the Annunciation and Deposition (depicting Christ being brought down from the Cross) are here as well.

Though Medici fans will want to gawk at the section of the Corridoio Vasariano, designed by Vasari, which covers part of the church’s facade. The famous elevated enclosed passageway connects Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti, via the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio.

Cosimo I commissioned the five-month walkway project in 1564. The finished product, in addition to skirting what he felt was an increasingly unsafe street crossing between his residence and the government building, allowed Cosimo to attend mass at the church without leaving the safety of the corridor.

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