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Santa Maria Novella Station
The station was built in the thirties, upon the Michelucci’s project and represents an admirable example of Italian Rationalism, the architectural trend that is aimed to expressing the function of a building by its structure.
The choice of materials used for the building: glass, steel, and pietra forte, the type of stone used for the church of Santa Maria Novella, gives to this modernity gem, a good integration in its context.
The other commendable solution is the structure of the binary platforms, built without central support to give maximum extent and space, the platforms are supplied with wait-benches and bag-shelves turning around the squared pilasters.
This building, being innovative and breaking the preexistent schemes was obviously highly discriminated by some intellectuals such as Ugo Ojetti but it also had enthusiast supporters among which the groups headed by Elio Vittoriani, based at the café Le Giubbe Rosse located in piazza della Repubblica.
On track number 8 a commemorative plaque reminds the train that during World War II left the station loaded with the sad cargo of Jewish deportees.
An underground passage, an underground car park and a vexed bus shelter on the north side added in the eighties, discord with the surrounding space.

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Suggested Hotels

Tourist House Battistero
2 stars
Tourist House Battistero
Via de' Cerretani, 1
Zone: Duomo
Is located on the first floor of an antique 15th century building with the Duomo (Cathedral) just 30 metres away.

B&B Porcellino gallery
best hotel
3 stars
Boutique B&B Porcellino Gallery
Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, 4
Zone: Signoria Square
Porcellino Gallery is on the first floor of a 16th century palace in the very heart of Florence

Florence Room B&B
Florence Room B&B
3 stars
B&B Florence Room
Via Fiume, 17
Zone: San Lorenzo, Fortezza da Basso, Santa Maria Novella
Florence Rooms is a new renoved B&B located in the historic center.

Hotel Villa Stanley
alt
4 stars
Hotel degli Orafi
Lungarno Archibusieri, 4
Zone: Uffizi
Formerly an Augustinian convent, this building has the remains of an ancient medieval tower, later destroyed by the “Ghibellinis” in 1260

Florence Events
The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna
The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna
From 21/09/2017
To 21/01/2018
A spectacular exhibition devoted to the art of the 16th century in Florence showcasing over seventy works of art by such artists as Michelangelo, Bronzino, Giorgio Vasari, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Santi di Tito, Giambologna and Bartolomeo[...]
1927 - Return to Italy - Salvatore Ferragamo and visual culture during XXth century
1927 - Return to Italy - Salvatore Ferragamo and visual culture during XXth century
From 19/05/2017
To 02/05/2018
In 2017 falls the 90th anniversary from Ferragamo's return to Italy (1927), after 12 years in the Usa. The exhibit recreate the culturel environment of Italy and Florence in that period, showing paintings and plastic objects produced in Italy:[...]
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