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Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

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Address: Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy

Many important attractions are located on or near this busy square...

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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This square is ideal for a relaxing break. We stopped off here for lunch. A cold day in January but nice in the sun. Nice surroundings a perfect setting. We had a nice brunch... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Roger W
Mazarron, Spain
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Juneau, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Lovely church with beautiful stained glass windows. Located in the perfect little piazza to view from and people watch.

Thank akbuddie
Mazarron, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This square is ideal for a relaxing break. We stopped off here for lunch. A cold day in January but nice in the sun. Nice surroundings a perfect setting. We had a nice brunch topped with a bottle of Chianti, highly recommend, not too busy.

Thank Roger W
Birchington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Set just off the main street of the station, this square is a sunny spacious one in which to sit and people watch from one if the numerous pavement cafes.

Thank Goomsu
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

This piazza was not in our agenda. Nor was the cathedral after which the piazza is named. Since directions to the entry of the Basilica was unclear we ended up at the piazza by mistake.And in case you do get into the cathedral your exit will be to the piazza. The piazza , though pleasing, is not a patch on... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We were staying nearby in May 2012. Many restaurants nearby. Really large square with concrete benches to sit and relax. Some green space in the middle of the square. Enjoyed a gelato here on evening. Very nice area to be safe and enjoy a night out while in Florence. The next night, we went and checked out the tents from... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We found this basilica on the way from central train station to the Vecchio bridge. Very nice architecture and square around.

Thank Daniel G
Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Our accommodation looked over Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, so we saw the piazza in many lights from early morning to the beautiful sunsets. We saw and heard many buskers who were for the most part very talented. The piazza is a lovely space which affords well maintained paths and some garden beds, seating is located at various parts of... More 

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Great atmosphere and a must-go anytime you will come to Florence, Piazza Santa Maria Novella is simple and beautiful to me with a good choice of hotels facing the square alive at anytime of the day. Safe and Glorious the streets are a nice place to be and to eat.... probably accompanied by a good glass of wine..few but good

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

The church is the magic point of this nice square, and since the last years there are too much tourists in Florence; better to visit in winter; The church Maria Novella has still her original facade with geometric and multicolours marbles in roman and renaissance style; Do not miss to see the pulpit where Galilée was denounced for his declaration... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

It's a very nice square, the dominating church is lovely to look at. Unfortunately the tourists and touts spoil the ambience.

Thank Nadine C

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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 area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.
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