Santa Maria Novella

The place of arrivals and departures, but also of art and tradition, Santa Maria Novella is one of the central areas of Florence. It is a place with a dual soul: on one hand a renaissance piazza dominated by the cathedral, and on the other the linear forms of the train station designed by Giovanni Michelucci. Wandering along her streets you will find beautiful historic buildings, fascinating little churches, shops that have made history, elegant boutiques and can’t-miss museums. Take some time. You’ll need to walk around a bit to explore all the secrets of this part of Florence.

Stop for a minute. A gelato outdoors, a break sitting on a bench or a stroll through the stands that periodically bring this place to life: Piazza Santa Maria Novella, on beautiful sunny days, is a meeting point for Florentines and tourists alike.

Santa Maria Novella, the point of arrival and departure for all Florence-bound travelers. It’s the first view of the city for millions of people every year. It’s a masterwork of rational architecture that retains it’s cold charm. Try talking a walk around the exit, or the underground walkway, and you’ll find stores and original details.

If you’re asking how to move from Santa Maria Novella it’s easy enough. All the bus lines, the tram, and the taxis are here. SMN remains the true fulcrum to get around by public transportation. Go towards the Duomo, Oltrarno, or towards Santa Croce. Go out and discover Florence.

Prepare yourself: the wait for the bus may be long, just like the line in the direction of the Duomo. If you want to take it easy, take a walk and enjoy a rest in the gardens of the Fortezza da Basso.

Santa Maria Novella isn’t just train tracks. Take a walk and you’ll go all the way to the Arno, perhaps stopping for a coffee on the charming and crowded Ponte Santa Trinita.

The riverside, piazzas, benches and gardens: the quarter of Santa Maria Novella will show you unexpected corners to relax in the heart of Florence. Just arm yourself with patience, curiosity and comfortable shoes, and the rest will follow.

With the Santa Trinita Bridge, Borgo Ognissanti, and Via della Vigna Nuova, Santa Maria Novella will amaze you with her stately buildings, works of art, traditional shops and luxury boutiques. Are you looking for beauty far from the crowds of tourists? Then don’t miss the fascinating corners of this area.

Just outside of the heart of the quarter you can let go of stress and have meetings of every kind. Take a walk in the shade of the walls of the Fortezza da Basso, or take a break in the garden with it’s characteristic swan lake.