Trip Planner: Europe / Italy / Tuscany / Province of Florence / Florence / Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
The first great basilica in Florence, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is a treasure house of sacred ornaments and artifacts built on top of an earlier place of worship that dates back to the ninth century. The most famous are the Gothic and Renaissance frescoes commissioned by the city's most prominent families. The interior of the basilica is a labyrinth of chapels, all decorated with Renaissance artwork commissioned by families such as the Medicis. One of these family members, Cosimo I, held chariot races in the large square at the front entrance. This tradition lasted until the 19th century. Look at the sacristy for one of Giotto's early works, "John the Evangelist." Plan your visit to Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Florence trip itinerary builder tool.
Tours to Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $35
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Florence City Bike Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $42
Duration: 3 hours
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella reviews
This is one of Florence most beautiful catholic churches. It stands out so beautifully because of its intricate design. It is located in one of the small parks downtown and is not free to enter.. how.... more »
In addition to the many magnificent works in this city, this church stands out for its beauty and significance. Architecturally, it is one of the most important Gothic churches in Tuscany. Impressed.... more »
This is off the beaten track as its not in the centre of town but it is on the way to the station for most people I'd guess. The outside is fairly impressive but as with most of the cathedrals in Florence, it's the inside that makes your jaw drop. I've never seen so many cloisters in a church let alone attached to a single church. The cloister of the dead is particularly impressive. Cost to get in isn't too bad. If you've not seen a reliquary before then go here, you can look right into the crystals and see them close up.
Lovely church. Great architecture. It only opens at 11am. We will go tomorrow. Saw other post. The interior is quite beautiful. Definitely worth to visit
Plan your trip to Florence
Get a personalized planA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Florence
Hidden gems in Florence
See all ›
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Florence
Plans to Basilica of Santa Maria Novella by other users
38 days in Italy BY A USER FROM INDIA October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 32 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium