Basilica San Miniato al Monte is considered as one of the most beautiful Romanesque buildings in Tuscany with extraordinary and unusual interior. Located behind Piazzale Michelangelo with exciting views over Florence. Every evening at 17:30 you can admire here monks chanting.
Loggia dei Lanzi also known as Loggia della Signorina was built between 1376 and 1382 and is located just next to Piazza della Signorina. It consists of wide arches open to the street and exhibits sculpture gallery of antique and Renaissance art. The most famous is the bronze statue of Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini.
The Rose Garden in Florence located below Piazzale Michelangelo is a place of magical beauty: about 400 varieties of roses for a total of more than 1200 plants are displayed here. Open daily from 8:00-20:00, with free entrance, suggested visit in May. Recently it was extended with a Japanese garden.
Santa Maria de Ricci Church (Via del Corso) - free organ recitals every evening at 21:15.
Every second Thursday of a month Pallazo Strozzi hosts Thursday Squared - a creative evening to reveal yourself. From 19.00 on, release creativitiy in yourself in the courtyard of Palazzo. You can make an object from original materials and take it home as a keepsake or gift. The programme changes every month and you can check it here. All activities in the Courtyard are free.
Every Thursday from 18:00-22:00 Palazzo Strozzi (www.strozzina.org) offers free admission to its exhibitions. Besides that from time to time you can meet here local art students who act as exhibition guides, check on the site.
Next to Santa Maria Novella church you find an old pharmacy from 1612 where Dominican monks were making herbal medicine, as well as soap and parfumes. The ancient pharmacy shop still sells various parfumes and elixirs, as well as modern cosmetical products, but it looks more like a museum where you can experince the magical world of ancient remedies in splendid interior.
This small cloister forms the entrance to the chapel of the Confraternity of the Disciplinati of St John the Baptist, is known as the Cloister of the Scalzo and was founded in 1376. The great Florentine artist Andrea del Sarto painted the walls with frescoes depicting Scenes from the life of St John the Baptist and the Virtues (between 1509-1526). Open to public free of charge on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday from 8:15-13:50.