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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  • Enter and try to participate in the free rounds guided in Italian made by volunteer staff: you will be fascinated by the beauty told and you will feel like you will descend in time then and retrace the art from 300 to 500. In the various chapels commissioned by the ancient Florentine daughters you will remain the beauty and you will taste the tales. Don't miss the visit to the cloisters and the chapter room.
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  • Famous, historic, symbol of the city, etc., etc.... But, in reality it is just a treasure trove of art treasures inscribed in an architectural masterpiece, also built on the basis of deep astronomical knowledge, as the gnomon in the central part of the floor demonstrates. Giotto's Crucifix, the masterpiece of Masaccio's perspective and the cycle of frescoes restored in the green cloister, by Paolo Uccello (Paul of Dono), among the most important things. And finally, also the beautiful exhibition on Leonardo and botany, with interesting explanations. All-inclusive, church, cloisters, exhibition, we are over two hours!
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  • Another absolutely gorgeous church just around the corner from the railway station. No photos inside, but then again that isn't all that surprising. However, the gardens outside are beautiful, and inside the artwork and the sculptures are absolutely magnificent. It really isn't all that big of a church, but it is still a marvel to behold.
  • Very historical and emotional overwhelming place. Take the guided tour if able, amazing history description. Appreciate the artistry. The outside square offers great photo ops and live music. Many cafes in the square with good food. Train station right across providing easy access. Local venders also have unique offerings.
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