Santa Maria Novella
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Our most recommended Santa Maria Novella Tours

  • Florence: Historical Center Bike Tour

    1. 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: Pisa Morning Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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.

  • Pisa: Day Excursion from Florence

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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...

  • Florence: Guided Tour by Bike with Gelato Tasting

    8. Florence: Guided Tour by Bike with Gelato Tasting

    Explore Florence on a small-group bike tour led by your expert tour guide. Discover the city's four districts with detailed explanations about the history and the architecture. Start the journey and pass by Piazza del Duomo to discover the famous Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Also, visit Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery. Then cross Ponte Vecchio to reach Palazzo Pitti. During every stop there will be time for pictures and your guide will be glad to answer any questions. Considering that the city center of Florence is totally flat, everyone who knows how to handle a bike can join the tour, with a very low muscular effort. At the end of the tour, taste one of the best ice creams in town.

  • Florence: Uffizi & Academy Gallery Guided Walking Tour

    9. Florence: Uffizi & Academy Gallery Guided Walking Tour

    Start with a walking tour of this enchanting Renaissance city. Visit all the highlights of the city, such as the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Duomo and the Signoria Square. Your tour will continue towards the enchanting Ponte Vecchio and its famous jewelers. Admire the famous “Porcellino” statue that, according to local tradition, brings luck before you move on to Republic Square. Benefit from a group tour with an expert guide in Spanish or English, using the headphones to listen to your guide. After the walking tour visit the Uffizi with your guide, to be captivated by the thousands of masterpieces preserved inside. Works include those by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello. Your group inside the Uffizi Gallery will be composed of 25 people maximum. You will have 2 and a half hours of free time to have lunch and enjoy the city. Then, visit the Academy Gallery with you...

  • Florence Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

    10. Florence Private 3-Hour Walking Tour

    During this private tour, walk with a private tour guide, who will illuminate you with the secrets and history of this amazing city. Discover how both art and creativity are present in every street and corner of the city as you discover churches, museums, and monuments.  Amongst other monuments and sights you will see the Duomo, Cathedral de Santa Maria del Fiore, the Santa Croce Basilique, Basilica de Santa Maria Novella, Piazza de la Republica, Ponte Vecchio, Plaza della Signoria, and Palazzo Vecchio. Each tour guides is an official tour guide of Florence with great knowledge of the city and its history. Pick up can be arranged from your hotel if it is centrally located.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria Novella

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 286 reviews

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.

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

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

Despite route changes by AIDA due to the bad weather, everything went great.

Everything went very well! Very good organization!