Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Built by the Dominican order in the 13th century, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella was constructed on the site Santa Maria delle Vigne oratory. Between 1246 and 1360, the lower part of the Basilica and Bell Tower were completed under the direction of Friar Talenti. Leone Alverti was commissioned in 1456 to complete the upper part of the current façade of the church.

Known for his work on a church in Rimini and a palace in Florence, Alberti gave the church its four white and green pilasters, a frieze with a circular window and a pediment. Alberti’s S-shaped scrolls were his greatest contribution, not only to this structure but also to the architecture of churches in Italy.

Massacio’s The Holy Trinity is a Renaissance masterpiece located in this church. Stained glass windows from the 14th century depicting Coronation of Mary and Madonna and Child beautify this church. The Filippo Strozzi, Gondi, Rucellai and the Spanish Chapel are a few chapels within the Basilica. The Cappella Strozzi is one of the most beautiful parts of the church. It was decorated according to Dante's poem Divina Commedia. A portrait of the poet is housed in the chapel.

The building has a cloister adorned with paintings from the 14th century. Frescoes portraying stories from Genesis ornament the walls of the cloister. Eminent Florentine families contributed towards the art possessions with the Church and the funerary monuments, of which they are now, part of. The Holy Trinity comes to life just outside the Church.
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Sight Map

Sight Name: Santa Maria Novella
Sight Location: Florence, Italy
Sight Type: Religious Site
Guide(s) containing this sight: Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour   Dante's Florence Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Florence, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Florence

Create Your Own Walk in Florence

Creating your own self-guided walk in Florence is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Novella Walking Tour

Novella Walking Tour

Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". This city has to offer a lot of wonderful places to admire. Take this tour to walk along the Arno embankment and explore the south-eastern part of the Santa Maria Novella quarter.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Michelangelo's Masterpieces Walking Tour

Michelangelo's Masterpieces Walking Tour

Michelangelo spent over 20 years of his life in Florence during which he created some of the most beautiful masterpieces this city had ever seen. The most famous of them, the David, is also located in Florence along with a few copies. Take this tour to discover the Florence side of Michelangelo's artistic mastership.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Florence, located in Italy, is believed to be the cultural capital of the world. Sometimes called the Athens of the Middle Ages and the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, Florence attracts millions of tourists every year. Don't miss the chance to visit some of its most alluring attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Florence Museums

Florence Museums

Over the centuries Florence gained a huge collection of art works. Almost half of them come from the world known artists that lived here and the other half comes from the private collection of the Medici family that have ruled the city for a long time. To show their pride, the city of Florence displayed all these magnificent works of art in numerous museums and palaces. Take this tour to get familiarized with the best paintings, sculptures, drawings, frescoes in the world.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour

Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour

Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". This city has to offer a lot of wonderful places to admire. Take this tour to explore Indipendenza and Santa Maria Novella quarters, visit beautiful Dominican basilica of Santa Maria Novella, as well as Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Accademia di Belle Arti, Cappella dei Principi and many others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Historic Centre Nightlife

Historic Centre Nightlife

Well known for its beautiful historic architecture and for its huge contribution to the Renaissance movement in Italy, Florence remains a vibrant, thriving center of activity that hosts not only a large tourism trade, but also attracts a lot of international students studying abroad. As such, Florence possesses a hot nightlife scene where guests from around the world can hear some amazing music and dance until the break of dawn. Take this Florence Nightlife Tour to Discover all this city has to offer when the sun goes down.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

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