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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.more
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Reviewed 31 December 2014

Piazza Santa Maria Novella is at the west end of the city and very close to the train station. The church itself sports the same green and white stone adornment as the Duomo and the church of Santa Croce. The Piazza itself is relatively quiet...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2014

My hotel was around this area so I walked past here frequently. If it was not for the fact that my hotel was so close, I am not sure if I would have spent time here as there is not too much to do.

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All reviews close to the train station nice square chariot race west end of the city wine by the bottle on friday saturday nights open wine close proximity to our hotel hotel roma sell food street music major attractions in florence holy trinity spanish chapel surrounding buildings gorgeous church gelato
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the biggest and most beautiful piazzas in Florence. On one side of the piazza there is the church of Santa Maria Novella. On the other 3 sides there are beautiful buildings and two restaurants, and in the center 2 obelisks and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I walked through on my own without a guide and enjoyed it very much. The architecture, paintings and overall design are gorgeous. Recommend staying at the Santa Maria Novella Hotel just across the piazza. .

Thank Judith G
Reviewed 10 October 2018

The beautiful square in front of the Santa Maria Novella church was established in the 13th century during its renovation. The square immediately became the open-air theatre for tournaments, contests and other festivities. It is still used for that purpose and it is the main...More

Thank Borzov
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Well,worth the entry fee. Stunning frescoes inside. This church exceeded my expectations. There's more to,it than the church. cloisters and the Spanish Chapel. The frescoes in the Spanish Chapel take you by surprise . The Cloisters hold numerous graves. Don't just stop and admire the...More

Thank Karen A
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

Went around Santa Maria Novella church, museum and cloisters and they were a feast for the eyes and senses and fairly priced at €7.50 per adult. Then lunch in one of the sidewalk cafés, which was good quality. Would recommend, in particular as it was...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2018

Florence is so wonderful in art and architecture and just beauty. Like most of Italy, it's getting crowded, all year round. But there are still sections you can roam into that are not as mobbed with tourist. Like Venice, it's easy to walk in and...More

Thank George J
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Lovely square to just sit and enjoy the evening. Perfect place for people watching. The gelataria at the corner adds to the charm!

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Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

There are not many places one can sit and rest, this square has lots of benches all around the perimeter and there are toilets nearby. 1 euro is unfortunately the going price for toilets in lots of places, including gas stations, so always have change...More

Thank FLnurseER
Reviewed 11 September 2018

We enjoyed sitting in this piazza - it's a good place to people-watch. The obelisks at each end are the markers for the chariot races that were held here centuries ago. Obviously, you can see (yet another) marble church facade. There are WCs just to...More

Thank Dr_Bob1
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Every evening we stayed at our hotel (right on the Piazza), there were local musicians playing in front of the church, and some of them were quite good. It was nice to sit out enjoying a sorbetto, listening to music, watching children play in the...More

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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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