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Baptistery of San Giovanni

The Florence Baptistery (Italian: Battistero di San Giovanni), also known as the Baptistery of Saint John, is a religious building in Florence, Italy, and has the status of a minor basilica. The octagonal baptistery stands in both the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza San Giovanni, across from Florence Cathedral and the Campanile di Giotto. The Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in the city, constructed between 1059 and 1128 in the Florentine Romanesque style.

Although the Florentine style did not spread across Italy as widely as the Pisan Romanesque or Lombard styles, its influence was decisive for the subsequent development of architecture, as it formed the basis from which Francesco Talenti, Leon Battista Alberti, Filippo Brunelleschi, and the other architects created Renaissance architecture. In the case of the Florentine Romanesque, one can speak of "proto-renaissance", but at the same time an extreme survival of the late antique architectural tradition in Italy, as in the cases of the Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto, the Temple of Clitumnus, the church of Sant'Alessandro in Lucca.

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Excursions

Florence city tour (PRV)
•  An incredible panoramic view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo
• Piazza Duomo and its unmatched masterpieces: Giotto's Bell Tower,...
Medieval and Reinassance Florence walking tour (SIC), 2 hr 30 min
With our engaging local Guide we start from the historic Central Market, with its workshops and multicolored stalls, where you can find the Medici Cha...
Walking Tour with Academy and Uffizi gallery in one day (SIC), 6hr
Discover the magic of Florence in a single day on our Best of Florence & Uffizi Gallery Tour, visiting all of the famous sites and dodging the long li...
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