Santa Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria Maggiore, Florence

Santa Maria Maggiore
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Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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The area
Neighborhood: Duomo
Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
How to get there
  • Alamanni-Stazione Santa Maria Novella • 9 min walk
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vacationer24balt
Baltimore, MD36 contributions
Family
Many of the icons of art history are located in this church. The chapels are wonderful and have excellent examples of famous artists who were commissioned to work on the decorative elements of this church. Do miss the Spanish Chapel. I love the images of the dogs in the fresco.
Written June 16, 2013
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MigsDeManille
Florence, Italy946 contributions
Friends
A small church that most tourists disregarded because the Florence cathedral (Duomo) dominates the view. However inside the church, the frescoes on the ceilings are absolutely beautiful, fine architecture and serene.
Written March 10, 2013
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RonL40
Utica, NY3,307 contributions
Couples
Refreshing for Florence because you find real parishioners offering worship here. Not a museum church, the exterior is unfinished simple Gothic. On the interior, there are interesting frescoes that reveal a glimpse of the 11th century. Beautiful place to simply contemplate the centuries since.
Written November 25, 2016
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Ibadanboy
Nairobi, Kenya6,146 contributions
Friends
The Santa Maria Maggiore is a small unassuming church on Piazza Santa maria Maggiore in Florence. Less glamorous than her sister churches in Florence the Santa Maria Maggiore has lovely frescoes and artwork on the inside. Nice!
Written May 20, 2016
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Timothy Winn
Blyth, UK1,294 contributions
Solo
Here we are in the 21st Century looking back to the 14th.

Stop and try and imagine how you can change your life and that of others to reflect how they in the 14th Century belived the world ought to be.

Its beautful inside....quite different from the consumer orientated world on the outside....
Written March 12, 2016
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amsullyhotmail
Milwaukee, WI299 contributions
Solo
I stumbled upon this Cathedral by chance. It's very unassuming from the outside. Curious, I went inside. I found the frescos and artwork to be quite beautiful and took many pictures. Many reviews read that it pales in comparison but I was glad I stopped and took a peek.
Written December 11, 2015
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Travelaround59
London, UK1,701 contributions
Solo
Santa Maria Maggiore is a great church in the hearth of Florence that will give you a different idea from the other "magnificent" churches in town. I will recommend this place first because is not really that busy as many other churches in town and also because you get a much more intimate feeling than other places.
Written September 6, 2015
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GuilBr
Sao Paulo, SP589 contributions
Friends
It is an ancient church, mainly medieval kind, beautiful but not as much as Santa Maria dei fiore. Jist get inside to feel the atmosphere.
Written August 28, 2015
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Raymond P
4 contributions
Family
Camera optional, 20-30 minute visit. Good for a rest but not a "must see".

This 12th century church renovated into the gothic style in the 15th century is as classic as it gets for an Italian church. There are masses and functions during the day like any other church and some signs describing the frescos and history of the location but don't expect anything geared toward tourists.

For the historically interested there are a few frescos from the original construction of the church that are still exposed and in agreeable shape. A few on the columns can be walked straight up to. The inside is generally without adornment though or any other interesting features that would distinguish it from the other dozen churches in the area. In fact it's overall bland inside and out. Because of the lack of tourist value it is nice to duck into to escape the heat to enjoy some cool and quiet while milling about.
Written July 13, 2015
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,420 contributions
Couples
Santa Maria Maggiore (free entry) is one of many church visits you can make in the Historic Centre of Florence. This is an early 10th century house of worship situated in between Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), San Lorenzo and Santa Maria Novella and can be conveniently visited for those who have time and enjoy church visits.

The exterior facade of Santa Maria Maggiore was never finished, leaving a rough stone appearance from the outside. The interior of the church is rather dimly lit but features 17th-18th century frescos, paintings, stucco work and other period items. The aisle chapels are more decorative than the nave and alter, all of which can be conveniently seen in 15-20 minutes time.

Overall, the artworks are nice to see at Santa Maria Maggiore but they are not critical, nor as memorable as what you will encounter elsewhere in Florence. As such, if you are short on time, we'd suggest taking a pass and focusing on other places that interest you. However, if you have extra time, you might want to make a quick stop here.
Written April 28, 2015
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