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  • Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

    1. Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

    Explore the historic center of Florence by electric golf cart and leave your conscience clean as you cover more sights than possible on a walking tour. Climb aboard the eco-friendly cart in Piazza S. Firenze and drive through the streets of the Renaissance city, passing Piazza Signoria and the Porcellino Market. Continue to the Duomo and marble façade of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Journey along the banks of the River Arno to Piazza Ognissanti. An MP3 player will be provided with commentary about the history of the city and its sites so that you can sit back and relax as your escort drives you across the Santa Trinita Bridge. Marvel at the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio. Continue to the Ponte alle Grazie, rebuilt after it was destroyed in World War II. Go to the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (National Central Library) on PIazza Santa Croce to see the largest library in Italy.

    Very nice experience, the guide gave us additional information and was very kind

  • Florence: Historical Center Bike Tour

    2. Florence: Historical Center Bike Tour

    Climb onto a comfortable bicycle to experience Florence from a different perspective. See sights such as the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and the Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno. Visit areas that the tour buses can’t reach, and cycle down streets with little traffic in the historic center. Explore the Oltrarno quarter, where many of the city’s most notable sights are found. Cycle through the artisans' area to the Renaissance palace of the Palazzo Pitti. Continue to the famous covered bridge of the Ponte Vecchio, and bike into Piazzale degli Uffizi to see the façade of the Uffizi Gallery. Admire the palaces of Piazza della Signoria in the heart of Florence and the pavement cafés of Piazza della Repubblica. See Brunelleschi’s iconic dome on top of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. At stops along the route, your guide will tell you all about Florentine Republic and the Renaissance.

  • Florence: Santa Maria Novella Entry Ticket & Audioguide

    3. Florence: Santa Maria Novella Entry Ticket & Audioguide

    The complex of Santa Maria Novella dates from the early decades of the 13th century, following the settlement in Florence of the first Dominican friars. It gradually expanded in size and importance during the following centuries. Your 1-hour visit to the Basilica and Cloisters of Santa Maria Novella will be enhanced with a multimedia guide in the form of a 7-inch tablet that provides fascinating audio-video narration with images in high definition and spectacular 3D re-creations. Learn about an important chapter in the history of Florence and discover the works of the greatest artists of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, including Giotto, Masaccio, Filippo Brunelleschi, Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Filippino Lippi.

  • Florence: Pisa Morning Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

    4. Florence: Pisa Morning Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

    Your day of discovery begins with a walk along the medieval walls as you head toward the ancient entrance, Porta Santa Maria. Once you've reached this historic destination, you can admire how the white marble architecture stands out amongst the green lawns of Piazza dei Miracoli. Throughout your tour, your expert guide will accompany you and help you discover the Piazza dei Miracoli and all its most famous monuments. Some of these major landmarks include the Baptistery, the monumental cemetery and the famous Leaning Tower. At the end of your guided tour, you will have free time to relax on the lawn in the shadow of the Tower, or if you prefer, enjoy a spot of shopping amongst the local stores.  If you wish, you can add to your excursion by purchasing entrance tickets to the Leaning Tower of Pisa whilst boarding your bus.

  • Florence: Vintage Bike Tour with Gelato Tasting

    5. Florence: Vintage Bike Tour with Gelato Tasting

    Florence is perfect for biking, and this 2 and a half hour bike tour takes you where bus tours can’t, into pedestrian areas and along narrow side streets. Save time on a bike and let your guide show you roads away from the usual tourist paths. You will ride through the narrow streets of the main center and the Oltrarno. Visit Santa Maria Novella, Palazzo Pitti and the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge. Gaze at the architecture of the Uffizi square and see the Santa Croce church. We will cycle through the Piazza della Signoria and the medieval district, before stopping to admire the Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica. Relax, enjoy the tour, and taste a wonderful Gelato in the Oltrarno district! See Florence in a whole new way, and experience the city as a cyclist.

    What an amazing experience, with the most knowledgeable young lady. Greta was an amazing guide, perfect English, huge historical knowledge and so much more. The city bike tour is a must

  • From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

    6. From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

    Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" and the beautiful miracle square at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service from Livorno. Your journey will be in a comfortable GT coach with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, driven by a multilingual assistant for your convenience. You'll receive a free map of Florence and Pisa, as well as receive an emergency number so that everything goes smoothly. Your first destination will be Florence - you will be dropped off at the Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station, enjoy your free time to explore the sites that interest you the most at your own pace. At 2:30 PM, you will leave Florence and travel to Pisa for 3:30 PM, where you will have at least 70 minutes to visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy's most famous monuments. At 4:45 PM the bus leaves Pisa to arrive back at Livorno at 5:15 PM. With this transf...

    Very good! Would have given this tour a 5 stars if they were able to pick up passengers at the port vs having to catch the port shuttle for 5 euros pp each way out to the city to join the bus tour. On the way to Florence there was an accident on the highway and we were at a standstill for close to an hour. Tuscany bus tour still gave us 3 hours to explore Florence (still not enough time) than we headed to Pisa. Since the tour was running late returning to town they took us directly to the cruise port which was really nice.

  • Florence: Round-Trip Transfer to Pisa

    7. Florence: Round-Trip Transfer to Pisa

    Enjoy a practical transfer from Florence city center to Pisa, throughout which you'll be able to enjoy the famous Piazza dei Miracoli. There you can take picture of the Leaning Tower and if you want, and can also get on the top by purchasing tickets. You can also visit the cathedral and the baptistery, or take a stroll alongside the Arno River. You will also be welcome to taste some delicious ice-cream in one of the numerous shops. At the conclusion of your sightseeing day, you'll be able to enjoy your journey back to Florence at 2:00PM on an air-conditioned GT coach.

  • Pisa: Day Excursion from Florence

    8. Pisa: Day Excursion from Florence

    Beginning from Florence, you will depart from the main train Station of Santa Maria Novella. After 1 hour you will reach Pisa Station before meeting your guide for a group tour of the main Square, Piazza dei Miracoli. This of one of the most important historical complex in Europe and has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1989. The itinerary includes an introduction to the Square and of all its monuments (Baptistry, Monumental Cemetery, Leaning Tower and Cathedral) and a visit inside the Cathedral. With this tour you have the possibility to book tickets for the Leaning Tower in advance. After the visit you will have free time to walk by yourself in the city center, before choosing any train to get back to Florence 

    David was an excellent host and guide. Very personable and friendly. He met us at the train station and we had pleasant conversations all the way to the park where he told us about life in Pisa and the day to day goings on. Once in the park, he was extremely knowledgeable about every monument in the park and the surrounding areas including the Jewish Cemetery. He showed us little known parts of the park and even engaged my kids. He also gave us great recommendations for local food. Highly recommended. Only problematic part of the whole tour is arrival at the Pisa San Rossore station. The station used to be much bigger and its not very busy so finding the actual meeting spot took a few minutes.

  • Florence: Private Walking Tour with Transfer

    9. Florence: Private Walking Tour with Transfer

    Discover the secrets of Florence on a customized walking tour, and enjoy the personalized services of a private guide. This walk will take you to some of the city’s more hidden locations and is ideal if you have already taken a historical tour of the city center's main sites. Your guide will reveal hidden secrets about the streets of Florence, such as the main street that is dotted with medieval towers. Hear fascinating stories about the art and architecture of the Renaissance as you dive down narrow streets and hear about the people that used to live there. Listen to funny and sometimes tragic tales to get an alternative perspective of Florence.

  • Florence: Santa Maria Novella Private Tour

    10. Florence: Santa Maria Novella Private Tour

    The 3 hour tour of history and ancient smells begins in one of the most important and mythical squares in Florence - the square of Santa Maria Novella, which was the site of many celebrations and events in the past. The highlight of the tour is the charming church of Santa Maria Novella, with a facade made by Leon Battista Alberti perfectly reflecting renaissance, showing the ideals of humanist architecture. However, the church has a strong Gothic style predominance and thus a balance of both styles and harmony in general. The tour continues discovering huge glamour inside the church which was inspired by Classical Era and era of Greek and Roman times with fabulous masterpieces: Trinity by Masaccio with its famous "I was once what you are, and what I am you will become", Crucifix by Brunelleschi, Girlandaio's frescoes on the Tardibuoni's chapel  and Crucifix by Giotto (the most importan...

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What people are saying about Santa Maria Novella

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,027 reviews

It is a great way to see the main points of the city. Our driver was very nice, and we really enjoyed ourselves. I recommend the longer 45min ride because we got things done a bit quickly

Great trip, wonderfull location. As always everything was well organised. Transport, guide,...overall great half day!

Very interesting tour to get an excellent overview. Giovanni had really something to tell. Thank you very much

Giovanni was skilled and knowledgeable and took us around in an excellent way. Very good way to see the city

Very nice experience, the guide gave us additional information and was very kind