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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  • To enter here is to have the feeling of being transported to a place of peace and beauty. In the heart of Florence, located in a beautiful square that makes the tour more pleasurable.
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  • Just enter and notes an immense tranquility, the paintings of its walls both inside the church, the altar as the patios are wonderful
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  • A beautiful oasis of calm. We were lucky enough to be there when the singer and organist were practicing. So beautiful. Even without, it would still get 5 stars as it's a lovely basilica in a lovely city.
  • Immense queues for 90 minutes, to spend 20 minutes in there. The art & adjuatments for perspective in the dome itself are truly the work of genius. They could easily let more people in at once though. The queue is outrageous.
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