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Piazza di Santa Maria Novella Tours

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella
With its beautiful grassy expanses and Renaissance basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Florence’s Piazza di Santa Maria Novella is beloved by Florentines and visitors alike. The centrally located square, lined with historic townhouses, restaurants, and cafés, has been a popular gathering place for 800 years.

The Basics
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella was built in the late 13th century and quickly became a center of Florentine life. Over the centuries, a number of festivals and tournaments were held here, and the two large obelisks sitting atop four bronze turtles by Giambologna that still decorate the square’s center were erected in the 1500s as marks for chariot races. One of Florence’s most beautiful churches, Santa Maria Novella, dominates this busy square, which is also home to the former Hospital of San Paolo, famous for its loggia decorated with majolica reliefs by Andrea della Robbia.

Many private or small-group Florence walking tours and tours by Segway or electric bike include a stop in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella along with visits to highlights like the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, the Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia), Piazzale Michelangelo, the Florence Duomo, and Santa Croce (Basilica di Santa Croce). Another unique way to experience the piazza is by joining a street-food tour that stops at the cafés and gelato shops around the square.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • With its large open spaces, gelato shops, and public benches, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella is a convenient stop for kids.
  • Santa Maria Novella also has a pretty cloister and historic pharmacy selling herbal teas, perfumes, and soaps just off the square.
  • Most cultural and food tours of the historic center of Florence and Piazza di Santa Maria Novella are on foot, so choose comfortable shoes and bring a sun hat.
  • This public square is pedestrian only and perfectly flat, so easy to access with a wheelchair or stroller.

How to Get There
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella is in the historic center of Florence, just across the street from the city’s main train station that shares its name.

When to Get There
The square is particularly lovely at night, when Florentines gather for an evening stroll with their gelato against the backdrop of the illuminated church facade.

The Santa Maria Novella Church
In addition to its magnificent 15th-century facade designed by Leon Battista Alberti, this Renaissance monument is home to artistic masterpieces by Masaccio, Filippino Lippi, Brunelleschi, and Giotto in addition to Domenico Ghirlandaio’s beautiful Tornabuoni Chapel.
Address: Florence, Tuscany, Italy, Italy
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Architectural Walk of Florence with a Local

Architectural Walk of Florence with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Discover the most impressive buildings in Florence and learn about each one and its characteristics in this invigorating architectural walk. Join me on this adventure to discover the beauty and unique characteristics of the city's most significant buildings and get to know a bit more about the local culture in Italy from my own perspective! During this walk, you will become better acquainted with the local architecture, while also learning about the way in which this has changed over the years, with the city becoming more modern while still keeping its unique character. Being the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is like a living museum with many of the world’s most beautiful buildings, and our tour is designed to show the absolutely best of them!
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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour in Florence. With a guide in the lead, you'll have priority access and be able to skip the line at the local museums, which saves valuable vacation time. You can focus on the sights that interest you and your guide will tailor their commentary to your preferences. This tour includes access to a reserved spot at the top of the Duomo for panoramic views of Florence.
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Florence by golf Cart Piazzale Michelangelo

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Guided tour of the most important monuments of the city and the historic center of Florence. Buy time with an expert driver from the city of Florence. the best choice for disabled people to see the city up close.
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Florence city tour by Golf Cart

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Guided tour of the most important monuments of the city and the historic center of Florence. Buy time with an expert driver from the city of Florence. the best choice for disabled people to see the city up close.
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Florence Tour: MEDICI Conspiracy Game (Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio)

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Gameify your tour of Florence with this downloadable, self-guided treasure hunt. You and your private group will solve clues to unlock stories and facts about Florence's famous Medici family. Stops include the Palazzo Pitti, the Ponte Vecchio, the Palazzo Medici, and others. Move at your own pace through the clues; most groups take about two hours.
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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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Renaissance Safari Tour Of Florence For Kids

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Introduce your family to Florence on a half-day tour with a private guide who shares child-friendly commentary. See famous attractions such as Piazza Della Repubblica, Palazzo Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, and more while hearing entertaining stories about the city. Find out about powerful families and celebrated artists from Florence’s history, and animals depicted in their statues and coats of arms.
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Florence Safari Kids Tour

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Be In Florence: Private walking tour with exclusive tasting

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Florence tour art, alchemy and spirituality.

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Half-Day Private Guided Walking Tour of Florence

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$225.27
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Florence Walking Tour with Uffizi Gallery Entrance Ticket

Florence Walking Tour with Uffizi Gallery Entrance Ticket

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