Florence, the capital of Italy, is a must-visit destination for all art lovers. This beautiful city houses a number of Renaissance art masterpieces, and is famous globally for its architecture. What’s more, Florence city is also rooted deep in unusual and strange history. Below are a couple of things that you must see during your private tours Florence city to understand more about the culture and traditions of Italy.
The Painting by an Angel
The Piazza Santissima Annunziata, which is a square in Florence city, has always been an important part of the city. You would be able to see a huge crowd here each year when the Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated. During the 14th Century, the church in the town square asked the Dominican friar Fra Bartolomeo to create ‘The Annunciation’ painting. Fra Bartolomeo was an excellent artist and he used to make paintings featuring realism and expressive depth, combined together with his religious beliefs. His beautiful works decorated the walls of monasteries and churches across Venice, Florence, and Lucca in his lifetime.
The friar struggled a lot while he was painting ‘The Annunciation’ though. He found it very difficult to picture the grace on the face of the Virgin Mary. The legend tells that when the friar fell asleep, in despair that he could not complete the painting, an Angel appeared there to finish the work. The miracle increased the fame of the painting and many people from all around the globe came to see it.
Presently, this miraculous painting is kept in a side chapel and many brides could be seen placing their bouquet in front of the image seeking the blessings of the Virgin Mary.
Chalice That Stopped the Plague
The Sant Ambrogio church derives its name from the Chiesa Sant’Ambrogio. This is one of the oldest churches in the city. It is said that St. Ambrose stayed at this location in 393 AD. According to the legend, on Dec 30, 1230, the parish priest, Uguccione, who served to be there, found blood instead of wine in the chalice that was not cleaned. The church became a place for pilgrimage after the Eucharistic miracle.
Cappella del miracolo, which is a chapel situated on the left side of the main altar, has a beautiful painting of the remarkable chalice by Rosselli. Many people of Florence believe that it was the miraculous chalice, which protected them from the plague that occurred during 1340. At the far left of the painting, you would be able to see the picture of the painter himself wearing a black beret.