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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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"close to the train station"
in 6 reviews
"nice square"
in 6 reviews
"gelateria"
in 8 reviews
"chariot race"
in 2 reviews
"west end of the city"
in 2 reviews
"wine by the bottle"
in 2 reviews
"on friday saturday nights"
in 2 reviews
"open wine"
in 2 reviews
"close proximity to our hotel"
in 2 reviews
"hotel roma"
in 2 reviews
"sell food"
in 2 reviews
"street music"
in 2 reviews
"major attractions in florence"
in 2 reviews
"holy trinity"
in 2 reviews
"surrounding buildings"
in 3 reviews
"spanish chapel"
in 2 reviews
"medieval times"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to enjoy a gelato or a street snack while taking in the atmosphere of Florence - both throughout the day and evening.

Thank Lian L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Large pedestrianised open space laid mainly to flag stones with some grassed areas and two obelisks, surrounded by buildings with the marble clad Basilica of Santa Maria Novella (floodlit at night) at one end (nearest the main station). Unless very hot worth a wander through,...More

1  Thank Tony G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I never entered the church itself but every single night I was in Florence I made sure I walked through this Piazza. There was always a musician there and it was just gorgeous!! Very picturesque.

Thank Anna K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A short walk from the main train station is the massive Piazza Santa Maria Novella which was a big open square with a rounded park in the middle. It was flanked by another large church and a very grand looking hotel. It was a lovely...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

saw it for 3 days just in front of my hotel window. A nice, wide piazza with nice restaurants around it. 3 min from the train station.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Prepare to wait in line over an hour to enter this magnificent church in Florence, however the outside of the church and the piazza are excellent to explore! So much frescoes and statues to see outside this church including Battisto de San Giovanni next to...More

1  Thank John C
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

On this square is the Santa Maria Novella church. It is close to the rail station, but there is nothing interesting here.

Thank Ogi0
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

This piazza is named for the Basilica marking the northern boundary. This is a large square located a short distance from the Stazione SMN. The most prominent feature is the two obelisks, which marked the turns for the races held here. As close, as this...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

A lovely square located in front of the Santa Maria Novella church and close to the main train station. In medieval times, there was an annual chariot race held in June and this was part of the race course. This event was discontinue in the...More

Thank Della G
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

Piazza Santa Maria Novella is at the west end of the city and very close to the train station. It is centrally located to the train station, bus stops, and it is about a 10 minute walk to all the major attractions in Florence. The...More

1  Thank Titus D
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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
...More
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