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Basilica of Santa Maria Novella Tours

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
The city’s first basilica, Santa Maria Novella is one of Florence’s most beautiful and important churches. With a striking Gothic-Renaissance facade, interior chapels housing artistic masterpieces, and Dominican cloisters, the basilica is one of the top sights in Tuscany’s capital city.

The Basics
The basilica’s unique green-and-white geometric marble facade, designed by Leon Battista Alberti in the 15th century, immediately draws the eye. Yet you’ll find the most important art in the church’s central nave and famous chapels. Highlights include Masaccio’s Holy Trinity, a crucifix by Giotto, Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Birth of the Virgin Mary, and works by masters such as Botticelli, Filippino Lippi, and Michelangelo. Adjacent to the church, the Green Cloister was built for the resident Dominican friars in the 14th century and decorated with frescoes by Paolo Uccello.

With its wealth of architecture and art, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is as much a museum as it is a church—visit with a guide to fully appreciate it. Walking tours of the historic center often include the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella with other Florentine landmarks such as the Duomo and Uffizi Gallery.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Like most Italian churches, the basilica requires modest clothing covering shoulders and knees to enter.
  • The basilica is accessible to wheelchairs.
  • No flash photography or videos are allowed inside the church.
  • Piazza Santa Maria Novella in front of the basilica is lined with restaurants and cafés, perfect for a quick bite before or after visiting the church.

How to Get There
The basilica is located on Piazza Santa Maria Novella in the historic center of Florence, just across the street from the Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station.

When to Get There

Florence is one of the most visited cities in Italy, and its sights can be very crowded in summer. To enjoy the basilica and other attractions in relative peace, go in spring or fall.

Officina Profumo Farmaceutica

Check out one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica, which was founded by Dominican friars around 1221. Part of the Santa Maria Novella complex, the shop still produces perfumes and natural body products, which you can purchase in the ornate historic salesrooms.
Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, Florence 50123, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart

Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart

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Zip around Tuscany's capital city, touring Florence aboard a convinent and eco-friendly electric gold cart. Explore the historic center of this 'cradle of Renaissance,' learning its many monumental sights and attractions through recorded commentary as you go. See such landmarks as the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the open-air Porcellino Market and lovely Ponte alle Grazie, a bridge destroyed during WWII and later reconstructed. Take in the surrounding scenery while your driver navigates the roads. You'll also have an opportunity to visit Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Italy's largest library.
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Walking tour Florence, Firenze, Italy

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Explore the highlights of Florence on a walking tour with a small group that features historical and religious sites. Stroll at a leisurely pace and benefit from your guide’s commentary as you see attractions from the majestic Church of Santa Maria Novella to the quirky Fontana del Porcellino.
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Electric Cart Tour Florence

Electric Cart Tour Florence

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Cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time when you book this tour of Florence's historic sights via golf cart. While a guide shares an insider's perspective on the culture and history of the birthplace of the Renaissance, you sit back and relax in the roomy electric cart. Meet the tour at a central point in the city; choose from morning or afternoon tour departures.
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Electric Bike Guided Tour in Florence

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This bike tour is one of the most amusing and entertaining ways to explore the city. Strolling on a bike throughout the city of Florence is an enjoyable way you can discover the hidden treasures of the Renaissance birthplace. We will explore places such as the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the work place of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Republic Square, one of the main squares in Florence that marks of the city center since Roman times. As well as Michelangelo Square. A square that offers a perfect photo opportunity but allows you to view the city that gave birth to incredible artists, amazing scientists, and captivating history of discovery and power. Listen to captivating stories while touring through many of the significant squares that make Florence rich in history and art.
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Walk in Florence Historic Center

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Join us on this walk through Florence's historic center. Cradle of the Cultural Renaissance, we will go through the main sights of the city. I will tell you about the famous painters and architects who left their mark on the Palaces and Churches, such as Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci. On the way I will also tell you gossip, legends and "stories" of a family that for centuries was the most important in Europe: The Medicis. Our tour ends with a wonderful view of the Arno River from Ponte Vecchio.
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Florence Walking Tour: MEDICI Conspiracy Game (Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace)

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 Single City Tour Guided without walking  Best solution to visit all of Florence in a short time  Ability to take numerous photos from the best viewpoints  Possibility of entering some historic buildings / churches  Local guide of Florence  Possibility of customizing the tour  Advice on what to do / other activities in the city
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  • 1 hour to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Santa Maria Novella Private Tour

Santa Maria Novella Private Tour

Step inside one of Florence’s spiritual gems with a guided tour of the Santa Maria de Novella church, a Gothic-Renaissance design that’s steeped in centuries of Florentine history. Admire evocative frescoes and devotional sculptures by Giotto, Brunelleschi, and Ghirlandaio that decorate the chapels while a guide explains their meaning and importance. For a sensory treat that combines the feel of a medieval apothecary with the fragrance of luxury Italian perfume, browse elixirs and bath products in the little-known pharmacy tucked within the church walls.
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Private Guided Visit of Florence Santa Maria Novella Basilica and its Officina Profumo Farmaceutica

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Enjoy an in-depth private look at one of Florence's prettiest Renaissance churches and its ancient pharmacy with this Basilica of Santa Maria Novella tour. Then, tour the basilica's charming Cloisters, decorated with frescoes by Paolo Uccello, and explore an ancient pharmaceutical workshop.
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Sunset Walking Tour

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Florence is one of the most crowded touristic cities, but only in some specific areas. With your pocket guide you risk to spend your day in masses of people, probably loosing the best what the city has to offer. Participating at this tour will give you an opportunity to see Florence with the eyes of the insider. We will give you many useful tips about local life, food and drinks. Don’t loose your chance to follow the unbeaten tracks that remain secret to the most. Our walking tour of Florence starts in the middle of piazza S.Maria Novella; the tour will be guided in english and spanish. Our guides are all licensed!
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Basilica of Saint Maria Novella and Officina Profumo Farmaceutica - Semi private

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If you want to experience the wonderful art and religious architecture in Florence, this is the trip for you. Enjoy a guided tour of one of the most beautiful gothic Renaissance churches in Florence and the ancient pharmacy.
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Use a handheld audio guide to explore Florence, and make your way around a preset route, put together by a local expert guide. The innovative ‘audiopen’ includes a touch-screen map, which allows you to wander the city streets and learn about its sights as you go. Check out Palazzo Pitti, Florence Duomo, the Church of San Lorenze and Brunelleschi’s Dome among other landmarks on your route. Want to enhance the experience? Add a meal when you book and enjoy three courses of food in Florence’s historical center.
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