Grand Hotel Minerva in Santa Maria Novella Square

Right into the heart of Florence

Grand Hotel Minerva is a historic boutique hotel in one of Florence's finest squares, Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Set right between the church of Santa Maria Novella and the new “Museo del 900” museum, our hotel enjoys a perfect location. We are right by the central station — where a stream of high speed trains come in from Rome, Milan, and Venice — as well as all of Florence's major tourist attractions.

Our square was recently renovated and pedestrianized, graced with an elegant, completely fresh look. In the middle of the square is a lawn edged by fragrant, many-colored roses, and restaurants and cafes are on every side.

In the spring and summer, our vibrant square becomes a stage for street artists, jugglers, and craft markets.  You can enjoy this quintessentially Italian entertainment and festive atmosphere even from your rooms overlooking the square — sound-proofed, of course, to give you the rest you need when you need it.

Though the square is a pedestrian zone, you are allowed to come to our hotel by car. Our valet service will take care of taking it to our nearby partner garage.

We are so close to all the major tourist sites that you can have something of an "orientation tour" right from our roof terrace, affording a sweeping view of all of Florence.

  1. Santa Maria Novella Church: 10 mt | 1’
  2. S.M.N. Railway Station: 100 mt | 2’
  3. Shopping Area: 500 mt | 5’
  4. Cathedral & Bell Tower: 500 mt | 8’
  5. San Lorenzo f lea market: 500 mt | 8’
  6. Cappelle Medicee: 500 mt | 8’
  7. Piazza Signoria & Palazzo Vecchio: 800 mt | 10’
  8. Old Bridge: 800 mt | 10’
  9. The Uffizi Gallery: 800 mt | 10’
  10. The Academy of Fine Arts (with Michelangelo’s David): 990 mt | 12’
  11. Palazzo Pitti & Boboli Garden: 990 mt | 12’
  12. Santa Croce Church: 1.5 km | 20’
  13. Palazzo Affari & Congressi: 500 mt | 8’
  14. “Fortezza” Exhibition Centre: 800 mt | 10’

Grand Hotel Minerva

Piazza Santa Maria Novella 16, 50123 Florence (Italy)

T. +39 055 27230 F. +39 055 268281

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Arrival Information

For those arriving by train

Grand Hotel Minerva’s guests arriving on Eurostar, Frecciarossa or Italo high speed trains to and from Milan, Rome and Venice, and other cities of Italy, arrive at Florence’s main station, Santa Maria Novella, and can easily walk to the hotel from there.

For those arriving by air

By air to Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport: guests may take the new overground to Florence’s city center (Unità station in about 15 minutes and then a two minute walk). Taxis are also available (about 15 minutes, approximate costs: 20-25 euros). For private transportation options, see our concierge page.

By air to Pisa’s Galileo Galilei International Airport: we suggest taking a direct train to Florence’s Santa Maria Novella Station. For private transportation options, see our concierge pages.

For those arriving by car

Though Piazza Santa Maria Novella is a pedestrian zone, our guests can drive right up to the entrance. The information in many navigation systems is not up-to-date and the direction of traffic is subject to change. We recommend that you use the map provided on our site, downloading it right before you come! Our staff is always ready to help and provide further information (tel. +39055 27230). We will arrange for your car to be parked in our partner garage and issue a temporary, retroactive permit for access to the historic town center. There is no need to reserve a space or provide a registration number in advance. Parking costs €30 per night (€40 for SUVs, sports or luxury cars) and includes a valet parking service. Your car will be delivered to you about 15-20 minutes after you request it.

From Firenze Nord / Ovest (A1 / A11) highway

Exit at ‘Firenze Nord’ and follow the signs to the Center / Railway Station (Centro / Stazione ferroviaria SMN).

At the end of Viale Redi, take Viale Belfiore 

Keep left and at Piazzale di Porta al Prato take the two left lanes to turn into Viale Fratelli Rosselli

Keep right and at the traffic light turn right into Via Jacopo da Diacceto

Take Via Alamanni, leaving the station on your left

Once in Piazza della Stazione, turn right into Via Santa Caterina da Siena

At the traffic light, turn left into Via della Scala

Proceed straight and to your left you will see Piazza Santa Maria Novella and the Church’s facade.

The hotel is to the left of the facade. In the square (pedestrian zone) please drive slowly.

You may park your car in front of the hotel while you unload your luggage

From Firenze Sud (A1)

Exit at ‘Firenze Sud’ and follow the signs to the Center / Railway Station (Centro / Stazione ferroviaria SMN).

In Piazza della Libertà take Via Lorenzo Il Magnifico (signed to the station) and turn left onto Via Poliziano. Continue straight, crossing the avenue and entering Via Santa Caterina D’Alessandria which becomes Via Nazionale (see map)

Once Via Nazionale comes to Piazza della Stazione (Railway station square), cross it leaving the back of the church of Santa Maria Novella to your left and, to your right, the tram line and the Railway Station Building with its lawn in front and the tall Italian Flag.

Reach Via Santa Caterina da Siena to your left and turn left again into Via della Scala, proceed straight and to your left you will see Piazza Santa Maria Novella and the Church’s facade. The hotel is to the left of the facade. In the square (pedestrian zone) please drive slowly.

Additional information:

Access to Florence’s historic town center is monitored by video cameras and is permitted only to authorized vehicles, which include the vehicles of guests staying at hotels located in the traffic restricted area (Zona a Traffico Limitato - ZTL).

Authorization for the registration number is obtained online and must be done within two hours of crossing the video camera points. Notification of the registration number is handled by our staff for our guests at no expense.

Our guests are authorized to drive within the ZTL only when arriving at and leaving the hotel. Notification of the registration number is also required for vehicles even if they are not parked in our partner garage. The permit is valid for a single access, and notification of the registration number is required each time you return to the hotel through the ZTL. Failure to provide the notification will result in a fine.

Cars may be driven up to the hotel entrance but may not be parked in Piazza Santa Maria Novella or in the surrounding area. Guests who do not stay overnight but use of our conference or restaurant services, for example, may drive up to the hotel. However, to obtain authorization for access to the ZTL, their cars must be parked in our partner garage.


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