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 Badia Fiesolana - Fiesole 

Address: Via della Badia dei Roccettini - Fiesole

The Badia Fiesolana stands on the site of the old cathedral of Fiesole dedicated to Saint Peter, on the step road that climbs to San Domenico from the Ponte alla Badia on the Via Faentina.
The Camaldoli friars replaced the original church with one of which the Romanesque facade decorated in dark green and white marble like San Miniato al Monte remains. The monastery (12th cent.) passed to the Benedictine order which kept it until 1439 when it was transferred to the Augustinian canons of the congregation of San Frediano of Lucca and then finally to the Scolopi.
From the middle of the 15th century on, thanks to the munificence and desire of Cosimo the Elder, the church and much of the complex were renewed. The religious building is now an example of early Renaissance architecture. It is a Latin cross plan, with barrel vaulting and side chapels. The whitewashed surfaces are clearly articulated by molding in pietra serena. Cosimo himself lived in the Convent, which has an elegant Cloister. He had quarters built for himself and collected rare codexes which after the suppression of the goods of the church in 1778, passed the Biblioteca Laurenziana. It must also be recalled that in 1753 the Accademia dei Georgofili was institued here, the first of an agrarian nature in Europe.


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