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Santa Maria Novella
The Church of Santa Maria Novella, begun in 1246 by two monks, also architects, and finished in 1360 under the direction of Brother Iacopo Talenti, became the magnificent seat of the powerful Dominican order.
The name derives from the fact that the church took the place of a 9th century oratory called Santa Maria delle Vigne. The beautiful façade of the church was started in 1300 and completed years later in 1470 by Leon Battista Alberti; the two lateral doors with cusps above the lunettes are in Gothic style.
The internal is done in the shape of a Latin cross and divided into 3 naves with pilasters that sustain vaulted arches and the Basilica holds a series of works of art by Giotto, Brunelleschi, Masaccio and others. The frescoes by Paolo Uccello and the Florentine school from the 8th to15th century are also to be admired.



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Suggested Hotels

Residenze La Mongolfiera
3 stars
Residenze La Mongolfiera
Via Guido Guinizzelli, 1
Zone: Campo di Marte
Is found in an elegant and completely restored Chalet tucked at the foot of the Fiesole Hills.

Hotel Golf
3 stars
Hotel Golf
Viale F.lli Rosselli, 56
Zone: Santa Maria Novella
The Golf Hotel Florence is a 3 star hotel in Florence, situated just 200 metres from Santa Maria Novella Station.

Hotel Montreal
2 stars
Hotel Montreal
Via della Scala, 43
Zone: Santa Maria Novella
Hotel Montreal is located in the historic centre of the city, very close to the main Train Station of Santa Maria Novella and to the major city museums.

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


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