The Certosa of Firenze
The Certosa (or Carthusian Monastery) of Florence is easily reached with a
37 bus from Piazza S. Maria Novella. The visit to the monastery, of great architectural
interest, is conducted by the monks, who also sell their famous liqueurs in
their little shop outside. Marvellous views of the surrounding hills can be
seen from this monumental complex.
Try exploring the area between the Florentine Carthusian monastery and Impruneta on foot or by car. The route takes you through the hamlet of Le Rose with the church of S. Lorenzo (containing paintings by Taddeo Gaddi and the school of Ghirlandaio); Villa Antinori, rebuilt in 1513 with 17th and 18th century frescoes; Baruffi, a characteristic village on the ridge of the hill; San Michele a Quintole with frescoes by Bicci di Lorenzo and 14th century Florentine school. The scenery is magnificent for the whole of the route which will eventually take you to the delightful village of Impruneta.