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Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Florence

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World heritage site · Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Church
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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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  • This was my first taste of Florence, immediately after going out from the railway station. It looks beautiful and gives you an “appetizer” of your Florence tour. 
    This was my first taste of Florence, immediately after going out from the railway station. It looks beautiful and gives you an “appetizer” of your Florence tour.  more »
  • I visited as a carer of a girl with autism during February, she could not wear a mask as she has been medically cleared as unable to wear one. We explained this to the security team and museum staff.....  more
    I visited as a carer of a girl with autism during February, she could not wear a mask as she has been medically cleared as unable to wear one. We explained this to the security team and museum staff.....  more »
  • Huge ecclesiastical complex that includes not only the Church but also several rooms, chapels, cloisters, frescoes and much more. The interior of the Church is rich with several chapels with fabulous....  more
    Huge ecclesiastical complex that includes not only the Church but also several rooms, chapels, cloisters, frescoes and much more. The interior of the Church is rich with several chapels with fabulous....  more »
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  • One of the musts of Florence. It consists of a church and 2 beautiful gardens with old wall paintings. It is the most accessible place, as it is very close to the train station (also called santa maria novella). There is a ticket kiosk on the entrance and there are not any student discounts.
  • Very interesting place. Someone we starting talking to recommended this place. Different from all thr other churches we went to. They have a huge century in the back of the church. Very interesting. Definitely recommend
  • Do not visit if you have a disability, I visited as a carer of a girl with autism, she could not wear a mask as she has been medically cleared as unable to wear one. We explained this to the security team and museum staff who were friendly enough to accept this as we had all her relevant medical documents they accepted this as I was wearing one. However when we walked into the church gift shop, she was screamed at by the woman behind the desk, I explained in italian that she was disabled but she just shouted No at us, which made the girl in my care very upset, I asked her if we could switch to English as we could perhaps explain it better. She continued shouting "get out get out get out", in which the girl in my care began to cry this only made the woman behind the gift shop desk smile as she saw this as some kind of victory as she attempted to humiliate us in front of all the by-standers, at which we left. As a Christian I found this experience extremely disappointing and saddening as I found this whole state of affairs completely at odds with what the bible teaches.
  • Pretty church with nice cloister gardens. Though I must say that the church Santa Croce is more impressive than this one. But still worth it to visit!
  • Sadly, couldn't go inside but stunning architecture.

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