Katie and Laura in Florence

This is a very special Tempting Tuesday for me. I am happy to welcome my friend Katie Greenaway to write about one of her favorite spots in Florence, where she is so lucky to call home. This is special, because last month when I visited Florence and met Katie in person for the first time, she took me on a walk through her Florence, past this beautiful church and through the most peaceful residential neighborhoods. I am grateful for the new friends I have met here in Italy, for how they brighten my days and make me feel at home here in a new country. This photo is us in front of the SS. Apostoli church. But I’ll let Katie tell you more about it…

Welcome, Katie!



The most tempting place for me in Florence is my special church named SS. Apostoli.  The church was introduced to me in 2002 by my very Italian art and architecture teacher, Vera.  It was closed at that time but I always remembered that it was Vera’s favorite church, and it was an obsession for me to arrive there when it was open.  It was like a secret treasure that I needed to uncover.  Since then, it has been a place of solitude and quiet contemplation for me.

Not many people know about this exquisite church located right next the Arno river in Piazza del Limbo.  Legend has it that there is a cemetery underneath the cobblestones where babies were buried.  The babies died before being baptized.  Hence the name of the piazza, Limbo.  Built in the 11th century, SS. Apostoli is one of the oldest churches in Florence. 



The church was said to have been built by Charlemagne in the year 800 A.D.  The facade speaks to the Romanesque period and the main doors from the 14th century.  SS. Apostoli was severely damaged in the 1966 flood when the Arno river came over it’s walls and flowed into the church.  Many of the frescoes were damaged beyond repair others are still being restored to this day.  It is a rare experience when you visit SS. Apostoli, so much history and so much soul.

SS Apostoli Katie Greenaway

SS. Apostoli really brings my life here to a calming stop when I step into this sacred space.  I can’t hear the taxis speeding down Borgo SS. Apostoli, nor tours marching along the streets, absolutely nothing.  I never pass up a chance to visit my church.  It lies in the middle of the city and yet when you step inside, you enter a peaceful universe.  It is more than tempting, it is enticing! 


Katie Greenaway is a freelance travel writer and is the Local Expert of Florence for Nile Guide where she also provides the secrets of Florence on her blog.  She writes about her life in Florence on her personal blog Olio di Oliva e Sogni di Vino and contributes to MNUI Travel Insurance with travel articles.

  • katerinafiore

    Thanks so much Laura! It looks great!!

    June 22, 2010
  • Saretta

    Florence is so overwhelmingly beautiful!

    June 22, 2010
  • Anne in Oxfordshire

    Hi Laura .. wow how exciting that you MET Katie..I have been following her for ages.. the highs and the lows, her move back to USA.. her determination etc etc.. How wonderful to have Katie as your guide .. 🙂

    June 23, 2010
  • Global Butterfly

    How cool to have found such a special place! Great post. 🙂

    June 24, 2010
  • 彥霖

    nice to know you, and glad to find such a good artical!......................................................................

    June 25, 2010
  • Laura

    Ciao Katie! Thanks for the great guest post! 🙂

    Ciao Saretta! I agree! I was just there for the first time last month. Overwhelming for sure!

    Ciao Anne! It was so lovely to finally meet Katie in person. I've been following her blog for over a year now, and I was so happy to find her so happy in Florence. 🙂

    Ciao Andi! It was fun to see some of Katie's favorite places in Florence together. 🙂

    June 25, 2010

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