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Santa Maria Novella
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Address: Piazza Ognissanti, Florence, Italy
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09:00 - 12:30
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Beautiful church hiding behind a plain exterior

We tracked down Ognissanti because we wanted to see the final resting place of Botticelli, and were so glad we visited. The interior is amazing, with lots of chapels featuring... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2014
Laragh K
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41 reviews
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Reviewed 30 October 2014

We tracked down Ognissanti because we wanted to see the final resting place of Botticelli, and were so glad we visited. The interior is amazing, with lots of chapels featuring various artists' work, and the painted ceiling is fantastic. After visiting the Duomo, Santa Croce and the Medici Chapel, it was lovely to visit a quiet calm church. Botticelli's grave... More 

Thank Laragh K
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2014

My understanding is that the translation of Ognisanti is “all saints.” This makes quite a lot of sense when one visits the inside of this church. Numerous chapels to various saints line each of the side walls and various areas at the front end. As is frequently the case these chapels were often quite ornate, some with beautiful paintings, some... More 

1 Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Walked passed this church many times during our stay and then decided to pop our head round the door - what a surprise! A non-descript exterior hides the amazing inside. If you do decide to visit check when the cloisters are open to the public as they are only open on specific days of the week.

1 Thank silvertraveller4929
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Beautiful and sublime. Columns, arches, and paintings all in perfect harmony. Don't miss Botticelli's grave marker on the floor of a side chapel to the right of the altar, in transept. Easy to miss, I had to ask a resident monk.

Thank CanadianEagle747
Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Though only open on certain days, this is one of the most important sites of Renaissance Florence. The church itself has world famous artworks from Botticelli to Ghirlandaio and Giotto, just to name a few. You can visit the tombstone of the Filipepi family, the most famous member of which is Botticelli. And tradition has it that in the Vespucci... More 

1 Thank panka121
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Reviewed 9 October 2013 via mobile

The courtyard has Westin Excelsior and a couple of other hotels, dining places and some shops, including a nice leather so with factory above. If you want to buy some stuff, do grocery off wash clothes everything off Borgo Ognissanti west of the Piazza.

1 Thank jogijogi99
Malaga, Spain
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

The Ognisanti Church was originally built in 1256 and rebuilt in the 17th century in the Baroque style. The church is famous for the fresco of the Last Supper by Ghirlandaio. There is no entrance fee to see the church or the fresco, but we gave a small contribution because the church does not seem to have much money. The... More 

1 Thank BennyMalaga
Kirkland, WA
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

The art and architecture of the Ognissanti (meaning "All Saints" in English) church in Florence is spectacular. There are perhaps 12 side altars and alcove chapels, all with great art. It is a human sized place, less grand than the duomo, but with more interesting history and art. This is also a place to linger and allow the history and... More 

3 Thank BobbieMac421
Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2012

Right next to the St. Regis and about a 5 minute perambulation from the SMN, this quiet, intimate church houses the Sant'Agostino Fresco by Sandro Botticelli as well as Ghirlandaio's Madonna della Misericordia and his still Last Supper. However, to be honest, if we weren't staying at the St. Regis next door, I seriously doubt we would have taken time... More 

Thank Kin_DCWashingtonDC
Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 25 June 2009

Spend a couple of minutes in this beautiful intimate church where Botticelli's grave is. Admire the great fresco's of his hand and Ghirlandaio. You won't regret it!

3 Thank Tio-man

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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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