Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour, Florence

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.
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Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Florence (See other walking tours in Florence)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: greghasleft
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Museo di San Marco

1) Museo di San Marco (must see)

San Marco is the name of a religious complex in Florence that comprises a church and a convent. The convent, which is now a museum, has three claims to fame. During the 15th century it was home to two famous Dominicans, the painter Fra Angelico and the preacher Girolamo Savonarola. Also housed at the convent is a famous collection of manuscripts in a library built by Michelozzo.

The present convent occupies the site where a Vallombrosan monastery existed in the 12th century, which later...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Accademia di Belle Arti

2) Accademia di Belle Arti (must see)

The Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, located on Via Rasacoli, is an art gallery whose history dates back as far as 1563. Under the advice of Giorgio Vasari, an artist and writer, the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de' Medici set up the Accademia e Compagnia delle Arti del Disegno (Arts of Drawing Academy and Company). The institution not only housed renowned artists of Cosimo’s court but also functioned as organisation for the artists of Tuscany. Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy...   view more
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Palazzo Medici Riccardi

3) Palazzo Medici Riccardi (must see)

The Palazzo Medici, also called the Palazzo Medici Riccardi for the later family that acquired and expanded it, is a Renaissance palace located in Florence. The palace was designed by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo for Cosimo de' Medici, of the Medici family, and was built between 1445 and 1460. It was well known for its stone masonry that includes rustication and ashlar. The tripartite elevation was used here as a revelation of the Renaissance spirit of rationality, order, and classicism of...   view more
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Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

4) Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

The Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Laurentian Library) is extraordinary not only for its architectural design but also for its collection of books and manuscripts. Housed in a cloister of the Basilica di San Lorenzo, the architect for this library was Michelangelo and work was finished by Ammannati in 1568. The design of the building was appreciated by contemporaries of Michelangelo and new ideas put into the building were termed revolutionary. Built on existing walls of the Quattrocento,...   view more
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Cappella dei Principi

5) Cappella dei Principi

The octagonal Cappella dei Principi surmounted by a tall dome, 59 m. high, that is the distinguishing feature of San Lorenzo when seen from a distance, stands centrally sited with respect to the nave, to which it provides the equivalent of an apsidal chapel. Its entrance is from the exterior, in Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, and through the low vaulted crypt planned by Bernardo Buontalenti before plans for the chapel above were made. It was designed by Matteo Nigetti, following some...   view more
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Santa Maria Novella

6) Santa Maria Novella

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...   view more
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Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella

7) Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella

What to buy here: Refined Scents, Exquisite Liqueurs, Soap Bars.

In Italy, we’re used to think of a pharmacy as a place where you’re supposed to buy medicines. Well, in Florence there’s a special one, worth being visited especially when you’re not ill. It’s called Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella (or Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella) and it’s the oldest continuously-running pharmacy in Europe. It has always been making great perfumes, delicious and rare home...   view more
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Chiesa di Ognissanti

8) Chiesa di Ognissanti

The Chiesa di Ognissanti was among the first few Baroque structures to penetrate into the predominant Renaissance style of architecture in Florence. The Ognissanti church was founded by the Order of the Umiliati that was devoted to paying homage to all saints, known or unknown. Although built during the mid-thirteenth century, the church underwent a complete makeover in the seventeenth century when it was taken over by the Franciscan Order. The shift of authority brought in a wave of new design...   view more
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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.
Dante's Florence Walking Tour

Dante's Florence Walking Tour

Dante Alighieri is considered one of the greatest poets of all times. He was born in Florence and spent most of his life there until he was exiled. Many of the structures in the city were built according to his greatest epic poem Divina Commedia. This tour will take you on a trip through Dante's life and work in Florence.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 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
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
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
Duomo Souvenir Shopping

Duomo Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Florence without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Florence, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
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

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