Built on the beautifully wooded eponymous square, the Basilica of the Holy Spirit was designed by the architect Filippo Brunelleschi, the theorist of mathematical perspective, who never got a chance to finish it. After his death in 1446, ten years after the start of work, his disciple and biographer Antonio Manetti took over-and it was he who decided to leave the facade bare.
The perfect unity of the interior is based on the Latin cross, with three naves; the altar and canopy were executed in the 17th century by the goldsmith Giovanni Battista Caccini in polychrome marbles, bronze, and stone. Take a tour of Santo Spirito's 36 chapels, which hold many masterworks, including The Virgin and Child by Filippino Lippi. The sacristy contains an early work by Michelangelo, a touching Christ carved in wood. Upon leaving, linger in one of the cafés on the piazza or have a delicious, all-natural gelato at the Gelateria della Passera.
Basilica di Santo Spirito
Piazza Santo Spirito 30
+39 055 210 030