"Piazza and Church of Santa..." Basilica Di Santa Maria Novella Tip by unigirl
Basilica Di Santa Maria Novella, Florence: 48 reviews and 84 photos
Piazza and Church of Santa Maria Novella
The church and it's surrounding Piazza are very important to Florence's history and culture. It has even been immortalised in the famous 'Decameron' by the prolific Medieval writer Giovanni Boccaccio. The heroines of his story take refuge in what he calls the 'venerable church of Santa Maria Novella' during the plague of 1347/48. One can see by this reference that it is a very old place! The square is centred by a fountain and grassy area where many types of people stroll and lounge. The area around the piazza is dotted with restaurants, bars, and shops--very touristy, but who cares. The church itself is a wonder of artistic and architectural brilliance. Once inside, be sure to take in visual heaven by artists such as Giotto, Masaccio, and Brunelleschi. Even if it is not your thing, make a donation of a few lire and light a candle to help keep this amazing place running.
Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Novella
Directions: Being a main square, it is not terribly hard to find, either by looking at a map or by asking. If memory serves me correctly, I believe that it is also possible to get there by following one of the ma
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