Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella
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From Livorno: Florence and Pisa Roundtrip Transfer

From Livorno: Florence and Pisa Roundtrip Transfer

During your time in Livorno, take the opportunity to explore two of the most famous cities in Tuscany. Travel on a comfortable tour bus with wi-fi and tips from your tour host. Enjoy free time in Florence and Pisa and discover both of these iconic cities on the same day. First, head to Florence, referred to sometimes as the "cradle of the renaissance". Visit the San Lorenzo market, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Repubblica, and the old bridge. Wander through alleyways set between historic buildings and taste some typical local dishes.  After 3 and a half hours of free time in Florence, continue towards Pisa and take 1 hour and 30 minutes to see the city. Admire the famous monuments at the "meadow of miracles" including the leaning tower. Strike a pose beside the famous monument and snap a photo to help remember your visit. Return on time guaranteed.

From La Spezia: Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

From La Spezia: Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Discover Florence and Pisa with a roundtrip transfer from La Spezia. Explore Florence, known as the Cradle of the Renaissance, at your own pace or see the city on an optional walking tour. Head on to Pisa and admire the famous monuments before you return to La Spezia. After arriving easily at the meeting point following the instructions provided, you will be welcomed by an easily-identifiable staff member who will provide you with the map of the city, the code to use the Wi-Fi, and priority access to the bus that will take you to the the Santa Maria Novella area of Florence. Once you arrive start exploring the city, the cradle of the Renaissance, considered an open-air museum, and its numerous masterpieces. With 3.5 hours of free time, visit the San Lorenzo market, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Republica, and the old bridge. Choose to explore the small alleys set between medieval and Renaissance palaces or wander through the shopping streets as well as taste some typical local dishes. Make the most of your time by choosing the walking tour option. This walking tour covers the main monuments. Continue to the second stop in Pisa for 1.5 hours of free time where you can see sights the wonders of the Meadow of Miracles. Select the best pose to immortalize your time at the leaning tower of Pisa. Return on time guaranteed.

Florence: Santa Maria Novella Entry Ticket & Audioguide

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.

Shore Excursion to Florence from Livorno

Shore Excursion to Florence from Livorno

Optimize your time in Livorno to explore one of the most famous cities in the world by traveling aboard a comfortable bus. Download a free multilingual app that will allow you to have detailed information in front of each monument. Knowing the history of Florence has never been so easy and fun. After arriving at the meeting point following the instructions provided, you will be greeted by a clearly identifiable staff who will provide you with the map of the cities, the code to use the wi-fi, and priority access to get on the bus that will take you to Florence. In the Santa Maria Novella area, where you can start exploring the city, Cradle of the Renaissance, is considered an open-air museum and its many masterpieces. In the five hours of time available, you can visit the San Lorenzo market, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Republica, the old bridge, the small alleys set between medieval and Renaissance palaces or wander through the shopping streets as well as taste typical local dishes. Enhance your visit to Florence by choosing the walking tour option, you will be sure you have seen all the main monuments from the best point of view. Return on time guaranteed.

Florence: Old Town Golf Cart Excursion

Florence: Old Town Golf Cart Excursion

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 San 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.

From La Spezia: Round-Trip Bus Transfer to Florence

From La Spezia: Round-Trip Bus Transfer to Florence

Optimize the time your cruise ship will be in La Spezia port to explore Florence. Benefit from convenient transportation to the historic city, with an optional guided tour also available. Arrive at the meeting point where staff will provide you with a map of the city, the code to use the WiFi, and priority access to get on the bus that will take you to Florence. Hop off in the Santa Maria Novella area, where you can start exploring the city. During five hours of free time, you may choose to visit the San Lorenzo market, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Republica, or the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge that crosses the River Arno. Wander through the small alleys set between medieval and Renaissance palaces or stroll through the shopping streets as well as taste typical local dishes. Optimize your time, choose the walking tour option to be sure to see all the main monuments. Return on time guaranteed.

Florence: Guided City Tour by Rickshaw

Florence: Guided City Tour by Rickshaw

Visit Florence in the most relaxing way possible, aboard a comfortable rickshaw that transports you throughout the historic center. The driver is a licensed local tour guide who will explain all the history of the city to you. You will be able to photograph Florence from the best angles and from the best views that you will have during the tour. We can pick you up at any place in the historic center you prefer to start the tour. You will see all the main tourist attractions in Florence: *Duomo Square, with the wonderful Cathredal of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery, Giotto's Bell Tower and Brunelleschi Dome * San Firenze Square, with Bargello Museum, Gondi's Palace and Complex of San Filippo Neri * Borgo dei Greci, one of the main leather areas in the city * Santa Croce, the amazing church in South Area of Florence * Medieval Area, the oldest area still now conserved *Signoria Square, with Palazzo Vecchio, the governament palace and Uffizi Gallery, the most important museum in the city * Arno River, with the fabulous Ponte Vecchio *Tornabuoni Street, the most important fashioned area for shopping *Repubblic Square, the centre of Florence

Florence: Vintage Bike Tour with Gelato Tasting

Florence: Vintage Bike Tour with Gelato Tasting

Go where bus tours can't on a guided bike tour of Florence. See more sights in less time with a bike. Pass by top sights like Piazza Duomo, Palazzo Pitti, Uffizi square, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Indulge your sweet tooth with a complimentary gelato. Meet your guide and get set up with your well-maintained vintage bike and a helmet. Glide down pedestrian areas and narrow side streets away from the usual tourist paths. Set off on your ride through the Renaissance city center streets. Visit the 13th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Take in views of the vast Pitti Palace and admire the vibrantly colored shops on the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge. Gaze at the architecture of the Uffizi square and see the Santa Croce church. Cycle through the Piazza della Signoria and the medieval district. Stop to admire the Duomo and the classical fountains in Piazza della Repubblica. Finish your tour with an tasty gelato while enjoying the bustle of the Oltrarno district. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cycling adventure.

Florence: Smartphone self guided Tour

Florence: Smartphone self guided Tour

Florence told just as you have always desired: this clear itinerary follows the geometrical soul of the city with the Dome, the Baptistery, and the Belfry by Giotto up to the Nuovo Teatro dell'Opera delle Cascine – the sign of openness to the world and to modernity - in one of the most important cities of art you have ever visited. Florence in your pocket and in your life: to be visited and discovered in our company – the right company for your trip. Enjoy all the Renaissance masterpieces looking for Michelangelo, Donatello, Benedetto da Majano, Brunelleschi, Benvenuto Cellini, taking your time tasting a good Italian ice cream or a Cappuccino. Our audio guide consists of more than 35 audio descriptions lasting no more than 2 minutes. The goal is to quickly give the most useful information for the various points of interest, thinking of a complete tour in a short time. More than half of the audios are about Cathedral of S. Maria del Fiore.

Florence: Guided Bike Tour

Florence: Guided Bike Tour

Discover Florence with a guide a bike tour of the city highlights. See sights like the famed Dome of Brunelleschi, the Oltrarno district, and the Square of the Republic. Stay safe with the included helmet and hear your guide clearly with headphones. Meet your guide and get fitted with your helmet and bike. Ride at a leisurely pace to the Dome of Brunelleschi, built between the 12th and 14th century. Admire this architectural wonder which is the second largest dome in the world. Head to the Uffizi Gallery building, which is the primary museum in Florence. View the outside of this museum which is home to some of the world’s most impressive works of art by artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Stop at the Square of the Republic which created during the Risanamento period in the 19th century. Cruise to the Basilica of Santa Croce which is the largest Franciscan church in the world and the burial place of famous Italians like Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavell. Get a unique overview of the city as your guide will shares details of Florence's diverse and entertaining history. Visit the Oltrarno district for sweeping views of Florence. Have the chance to stop and purchase a Gelato or hot beverage during your tour.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria Novella

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4.5
(1,293 reviews)

Stefano is such and enthusiastic guy and has a good story about the city. You pass by all the highlights, with in depth information about the locations, buildings and history. We also visited some places that are a bit further away, which is great since you don't have to walk. He is open to suggestions and spends a lot of time for the tour. It was a lot of fun and great to do something else in stead of a walking tour. Great value for money!

A good tour to tour Florence & Pisa. The 2 places are very beautiful which are worthwhile to visit. We were given sufficient time to have a good lunch at a local Italian restaurant in Florence. We were offered tickets to go inside the Pisa tower which we loved but unfortunately we did not have enough time to do so since there was a long queue. Overall, the tour is very worthwhile!

Although we missed the group due to logistics issues, the guide CJ let us take the bikes for a ride on our own. It was a great recovery for not being able to be at the meeting point as scheduled

Melissa was great! She was very accommodating and even waited a bit longer for us when I got us lost in Pisa! So much appreciation to everyone!!!

Andrew, our guide was excellent, informative and passionate about the history of Rome! Takes time to explain and wait for his group. Very Good!