Florence - Sunday Services
English, Italian, or Latin
Click on the Map
to see the walk from
the Duomo to St. Mark's or St. James
If you would like to attend church with services conducted in English, St Mark's has a sung high mass at 10;30 and St James has a service with Eucharist at 9:00. Both are Anglican churches, and both churches date back to the 1800's. No churches other than the Catholic chuch was allowed in Florence until around 1849. If you want to attend a Catholic service, there are many venues from which to choose, including some that we have no doubt already been to during our site-seeing earlier in the week. For a special experience in Florence, attend the 10:30 mass at Santa Maria dei Fiore (that's the massive, can't miss, cathedral capped by Brunelleschi's dome, dominating the skyline of Florence, otherwise known as the Duomo). This service is conducted in Latin and includes Gregorian chanting. You won't understand a lot, but the experience will put you in the shoes of an Florencian living during the Renaisssance. Most people were illiterate and didn't understand most of the Latin either. So, like them, you can learn stuff that's "off the wall" (and the ceiling,, the sculptures, etc.)
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