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Santa Maria Novella
Next to our hotel. Open to the public from 9:00 am 5:30 pm
One of Florence's most famous churches, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The gorgeous marble façade was designed by Leon Battista Alberti, with the patronage of Giovanni Rucellai, whose name is written in large letters on the basilica's pediment. The façade can be seen from our hotel's roof terrace and many of our rooms! Among the great artworks inside are a crucifix painted by Giotto and works by Masaccio and Brunelleschi. Be sure to take a pleasant stroll in the church's cloisters and admire Paolo Uccello's frescoes and other 14th-century frescoes. If you happen to be coming through Florence during the equinox or winter solstice, take a look at the Basilica's floor where there is meridian line gives you an evocative sight of the sun passing through ancient astronomical tools that the cosmographer Ignazio Danti put there in the mid-16th century.
Santa Maria Novella, Firenze FI, Italy Firenze Italy