Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Florence

(4.3/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
Founded in the early 13th century by Dominican friars, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella has provided herbal potions and medicines to Florence for nearly eight centuries. Learn more about the monastery and apothecary at the museum. Find out about the tradition of medicinal history at the pharmacy, which is stocked with elixirs and cures. You can buy perfumes, cosmetics, or other beauty products inspired by ancient recipes. Put Basilica of Santa Maria Novella into our Florence family vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • A jewel unimaginable from the outside but you definitely must visit. High prices and environment a bit snobbish but prowling for those salt is an experience to do.
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  • The oldest Herbalism perfumery in Florence. The place is beautiful and full of history. The visit takes place in an atmosphere deliciously scented with the iris. Pity that the vendors are more invested in their mission, and remain in an attitude of impersonal coldness.
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  • A paradise for lovers of good scents in an architectural frame really valuable. You can go in and visit the facility even without buying anything but the temptation will be too strong.
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  • 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
  • INCREDIBILE. We spent 2 hours there effortlessly. I advise spending the extra 3€ for the audio guide. My husband and I shared and it offered so much information on what we were looking at.
  • Church of stunning beauty. Great to see late night...