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.
Beautiful fresco of the Last Supper by Perugino is housed in the refectory of Franciscan tertiaries of Blesses Angelina of Fuligno. It is accompanied by other works by Tuscan and Italian artists influenced by Pietro Perugino. Open to public free of charge on Tuseday, Thursday, Saturday from 9:00-12:00.
The impressive fresco of the Last Supper by Andrea del Sarto in the refectory of the former Vallombrosan convent is the highlight of the mueseum. But there are more mastrpieces to see here: important early Cinquecento paintings include works by Pontormo, Andrea del Sarto, Franciabigio, Raffaellino del Garbo, Giuliano Bugiardini, Bacchiacca and others. Open free of charge from Tuesday-Sunday, 8:15-13:50.
One of the most impressive fresco depicting Last Supper and painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio in 1488 you can admire in the refectory of the convent of Ognissanti. It is open to public free of charge on Mondays, Tusedays, Saturdays from 9:00-12:00.
Medici villa of Cerreto Guidi was built in 1556 by Cosimo I as a fortified hunting lodge. Inside the villa you can find Medici portraits and furniture of various periods and provenance. The natural environment of the villa is illustrated by maps and relief models.
Medici Villa of Poggio a Caiano is beautifully situated in a large estate between Florence, Prato and Pistoia, reflecting the humanist trends in architecture inspired by classical antiquity. Building was begun around 1485, but was interrupted and the villa was finally completed in the second half of the 16th century.
The Salone of the Villa, named after Leo X, is splendidly decorated with allegorical frescoes celebrating the Medici family, painted by Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo, Franciabigio and Alessandro Allori. Entrance is free of charge, for Museum of Still Life prior booking is required by phone +39055-877012.
Medici Villa Petraia is situated on the outskirts of Florence and is a typical Tuscan villa where the Grand-ducal family would retire from the city. Originally an ancient fortified residence, which preserves its great tower, it was enlarged at the end of the 16th century to create the present villa with its beautifully designed terraced garden. Visits to villa and garden are free of charge, reopened for public from May 2013.