Would you like to walk the Via Francigena but don't have time to travel? Fear not, for in Tuscany there are numerous pilgrimage routes, which can be completed in just a few hours. Some of these itineraries pass through large cities such as Florence, and it is here that one can explore the theme of Mary as divine mother, as approached by artists, by following our trail.
This route of Marian devotion begins with the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, one of the most important sites of the Marian cult. Before reaching the Duomo, you will encounter the sculptural symphony that is the Porta della Mandorla–a significant work of the early Renaissance by Nanni di Banco, this location was also a training ground for several different artists who would become masters including Donatello. Other stops of great note will be at Brunelleschi's Ospedale degli Innocenti, at Santa Maria Maddalena de ’Pazzi, and at the Hospice of the Orbatello.