The Florence Charterhouse is located in the south of the city, on the top of Monte Acuto (also known as Monte Santo) in the hamlet of Galluzzo and near two waterways, Ema and Greve.
It was built starting from 1341 by Niccolò Acciaiuoli, belonging to one of the richest banker families in Florence, was Grand Seneschal of the Kingdom of Naples and Viceroy of Puglia at the Angevin Court. He wanted to build the Charterhouse in his hometown for the Carthusian order. In 1958, it passed to the Cistercian order and from 2017, the Archdiocese of Florence entrusted its custody to the Community of San Leonino, a community of priests and laity that seeks to unite contemplative life with apostolic and missionary life, promotes spiritual initiatives and cultural activities within the Certosa del Galluzzo through art, music and literature.
The Charterhouse complex consists of:
– Palazzo Acciaiuoli, with the Pinacoteca on the first floor, which houses the five frescoes by Pontormo with Scenes from the Passion and other frescoes by artists such as Perugino, Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio and many others;
– The monastery, with renovations and embellishments added over time up to the 17th century;
– The guesthouse created to welcome the guests of the monastery;
– The Church of San Lorenzo;
– The Oratory of Santa Maria Nuova;
– The Crypt with various chapels;
– The Corridor of the Colloquium (Parlatoio);
– The Cloister of the Monks;
– The Chapter Hall, a large room and meeting place;
– The Refectory;
– The Great Cloister with works by Giovanni della Robbia;
– The Cloister of the Conversi Brothers who took care of the functioning of the Certosa.
Inside the Florence Charterhouse there is also a souvenir shop where you can also buy jams and spirits produced by the Charterhouse itself.
Visit the Florence Charterhouse: timetables and tickets
You can discover the history of the Florence Charterhouse and its works of art and architecture during a visit on opening days.
The Charterhouse can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday with a guided tour of about one hour.
Visits start at 10:00 – 11:00 – 15:00 – 16:00 (and 17:00 in summer time).
Individuals and small groups do not require reservations.
For more information, you can contact the Florence Charterhouse by phone at 0039.055.2049226, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or book a visit directly online from the official website of the monument>
How to get to the Florence Charterhouse: the complex is located in Via della Certosa 1 – Galluzzo, Florence
Events at the Florence Charterhouse
The Florence Charterhouse is often the site of cultural, spiritual and artistic events organized in compliance with Covid-19 restrictions.
The updated list of events is available on the Charterhouse Facebook page.
Among the upcoming events scheduled there is also an exhibition created for Dante2021 and the celebrations for the 700th anniversary of the Dante Alighieri death: “With another voice I will return to poet” – Bronzino’s Portrait of Dante”, which can be visited at the Charterhouse Art Gallery up to as of December 31, 2020.
The Florence Charterhouse is at about a 20-minute drive from the Brunelleschi Hotel. Our concierge is at your complete disposal to organize a transfer and a guided tour during your next stay.