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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  • As our apartment was "down the road", we walked past this church most days during our month in Florence but did not realise the extent of the church and related buildings and their contents. Some...  more »
  • Beautiful interior. There are 2 paintings of the "The Last Supper" in side. One by Alessandro Allori and another by Pautilla Nelli. Though not as famous as the one by Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan, they....  more »
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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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