Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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The first great basilica in Florence, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is a treasure house of sacred ornaments and artifacts built on top of an earlier place of worship that dates back to the ninth century. The most famous are the Gothic and Renaissance frescoes commissioned by the city's most prominent families. The interior of the basilica is a labyrinth of chapels, all decorated with Renaissance artwork commissioned by families such as the Medicis. One of these family members, Cosimo I, held chariot races in the large square at the front entrance. This tradition lasted until the 19th century. Look at the sacristy for one of Giotto's early works, "John the Evangelist." Plan your visit to Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Florence trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • Not only is it beautiful, but FILLED with history and the crypts/bodies of so many famous (and infamous) Italians of the Renaissance and beyond. Galileo, Michelangelo, Dante, Machiavelli, Enrico Fermi...  more »
  • Stayed in a hotel opposite, interesting building from the outside. Decided the entry fee was OTT so didnt join the queue to go in.  more »
  • During the couple's room and Hall, around the whole thing and very helpful. Admission is a little higher knowing a lot about Christianity? (laughs) but my husband had to be used at work painting murals here know, I was impressed by a chance meeting. So, Garan and there is good to go (laughs) the biggest church hall has been surprisingly. But the light from the stained-glass Windows are beautiful and wonderful.
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  • A beautiful building and square where the crowds are less and great photos can be taken. This is one of the great places to visit in Florence. It is close to many other historical places and also to many possible places to grab a quick bite.
  • Admission is 5 euro, only one cashier. We went on a Thursday afternoon around 11am and there was no wait. Not really worth the admission, they don't have Nelli's Last Supper painting until 2018. The courtyard inside the church is beautiful. Save your Euros and go visit Santa Croce.
  • Nice place. No audioguides available today. The second big interior garden was not accessible.
  • Good place but fee can be smaller. Admission is 5 Euro and wait is quite a bit since there is only one cashier. Coming from Rome where there are so many beautiful Basilica's it felt strange to pay for admission to the church and endure long line. While inside there were a good number of painting and nice courtyards and mini museum. Overall it's a good experience.
  • Great setting with historical and cultural baggage. Too bad they didn't have any audiobooks available and the biggest garden didn't take visitors

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