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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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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a lovely square, in front of the Church of Santa Maria Novella and a couple of minutes from the railway station. It is nicely designed, some greenery, seating and quiet in the middle of a busy area traffic wise. There are shops and...More

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The piazza has the Basilica as the focal point, which is beautiful and worth going into. It is also surrounded by hotels, a museum, and restaurants. The restaurants are nice, as you can eat outside. It is a nice atmosphere. There is usually a guy...More

1  Thank IllinoisLglegl
Reviewed 27 June 2017

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 22 June 2017 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 16 June 2017

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 14 June 2017

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 13 June 2017

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

1  Thank Rhbob314
Reviewed 10 June 2017

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 22 May 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 18 May 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
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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