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Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy
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Many important attractions are located on or near this busy square including Ognissanti, the parish church of the Vespucci family, and Santa Maria Novella, the home of the Dominicans.
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  • Very good46%
  • Average17%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We didn't have time to go inside but we took some photos in front and in the piazza. For photo enthusiasts or people looking to take a good travel photo/selfie this is a great church to visit. It's just outside of the city center so...More

Thank Lauren J
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Not sure I'd call it an attraction, the church itself is really the attraction...don't expect much from just the square.

Thank gravelord
Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't know how much money the government spent on these useless metal "structures" which are considered "benches" but they're too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter (being made of metal). For a really beautiful traditional city like Florence, these modern-looking...More

Thank Art J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Piazza, located south of the Basilica, contains large grassy areas along with two obelisks. These marble obelisks, sitting atop a stone pedestal seem to be resting on the backs of 4 bronze turtles and were markers for chariot races. This square, even though only...More

Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many wonderful things here; the frescoes on the left of the altar are spectacular. But the two things here you must see are Masaccio's Trinity, a foundational work in linear perspective, and Giotto's wooden cross. You can still walk right up to the Masaccio and...More

Thank Rhbob314
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a quaint little square, not overran by tourists. It is spread out a bit, has nice cafés and outdoor dining areas. Nice little park in the middle. Worth taking a drink while in the area.

Thank Isa-Francis
Reviewed May 22, 2017

This is the place where Dante used to sit and think about his phoemes, also the place where Calcio Fiorentino is played in june.

Thank PieroSilvani
Reviewed May 18, 2017

And there are several ambulances stationed near the duomo. And I began to understand why because after I climbed the 414 steps in the Companile (Bell Tower), I almost collapsed. Perhaps the ambulances were there to send people to hospitals. This being the first time...More

Thank LaraTan
Reviewed May 8, 2017

This is a great plaza as there are cafes and restaurants surrounding it and it was close to our hotel, the Mecure. In addition, there was usually a good musician here singing for contributions.

Thank Howard S
Reviewed April 25, 2017

near from stations, good alternative besides the piazza of duomo, a lot of pigeons, enjoy the city without spend money :). if the weather is good, we can sit and enjoy the snack or take away meals

Thank Gitzky
Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the
majority of the people arriving in Florence, which
might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists
come across the constant hustle and bustle of the
station before exiting, taking a few steps and
stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It
is impossible not to admire the the square, housing
one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The
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