548 Route 64. FLORENCE. h. Left Bank of the Amo.
In the neighbouring Via de' Bardi (Pl. D, E, 6,7) rises the small
church of Santa Lucia dei Magnoli (Pl. E, 7), containing a relief
by the Della Robbia above the door, and an Annunciation by Jac.
del Sellaio (lst altar on the left). — The Palazzo Canigiani, No. 22a,
adjoining the church, dates from the 15th cent, and has a fine
court. — Farther on, No. 26, is the Palazzo Capponi, originally
Gothic, built for Niccoló da Uzzano (p. 468) by Bicci di Lorenzo (?).
A little to the S.W., at No. 13 Via della Costa San Giorgio, is the
House of Galileo (Pl. E, 7). The street ends on the S.W. at the Porta San
Giorgio (Pl. D, 7), which is adorned with frescoes of the 14th century. —
Above the Boboli Garden (p. 546) rises the Fortezza di Belvedere (Pl. D, 7;
now a barrack), constructed in 15S0 by Buontulenti to protect 1he Pitti
Palace. — From the Porta S. Giorgio the Via San Leonardo leads to tbe
S. to the Viale dei Colli (seebélow) and the Villa Poggio Imperiale (p. 550).
To the left, just outside the gate, is the little church of San Leonardo in
Arcetri (i.e. arce veteri; Pl. D. 8; generally closed; bell on the right), the
pulpit of which is embellished with curious reliefs of about 1200 from the
demolished church ot San Piero Scheraggio (beside the Pal. Vecchio).
The Lungarno Sbrristori, between the Ponte alie Grazie and
Porta San Niccoló, contains the monument of Prince Demidoff
(Pl. F, 7), a wealthy Russian to whose philanthropy Florence was
much indebted, by Bartolini (1870).
Farther on is the church of San Niccoló (Pl. F, 7), founded about
the year 1000. The sacristy contains a Madonna della Cintola by
Al. Baldovinetti, 1450 (in the lunette). In 1530, after the capitula-
tion of the town to the Medici (p. 469), Miehael Angelo is said to
have lain concealed for a time in the tower of this church. — From
the Porta San Miniato (Pl. F, 8), behind San Niccoló, a path with oíd
'Stations of the Cross', ascends beneath oíd cypresses to the Monte
alie Croci (p. 549).
To the E. is the Piazza delle Molina (Pl. G, 8), with the well-
preserved Porta San Niccolb (1327), beyond which a path ascends
through pleasure-grounds to the Piazzale Michelangelo (p. 549).
65. Environs of Florence.
The heights surrounding Florence afford many ch rming views of the
city and neighbourhood, and some of the ediflces erected on them also
deserve notice. The afternoon is the most favourable time for excursions,
as tbe city and environs are often veiled in haze in the forenoon. Only
the most important excursions are descrif:ed below; those who spend some
time in Morence may consult 'I Dintorni di Firenze', by Guido Carrccci
(Florenire; 1881). —When time is limited the excursions a and b may be
combined in a single circular tour as follows (by carriage, including stay,
2-3 hrs., on foot 3-4 hrs.). Drive from the Porta Romana (Pl. A, 7) via
Poggio Imperiale to the Torre al Gallo (p. 550), thence descend the Viale
dei Colli to the Piazzale Michelangelo (p. 549) and San Miniato (p. 549),
and, finally, return to the Porta Romana by the Viale dei Colli. Tbe most
interesting stage, fi oin the Porta Romana to the Piazza Michelangelo, may
be accomplished on foot in 3/t hr. — Carriage, see p. 460.
(a.) One of the flnest promenades in Italy is the hilly road con¬
structed since 1868 from plans by the engineer Gius. Poggi(d. 1901),
and called the **ViaIe dei Colli. It begins at the Porto Romana