- Santa Croce Church
- Cappella dei Pazzi (Brunelleschi)
- A stroll into Florence medieval heart
- Santa Maria Novella Church
- Santa Maria Novella Historical Pharmacy-Perfumery
SANTA CROCE & SANTA MARIA NOVELLA
Florence: Santa Croce & Santa Maria Novella – This tour focuses on the two enormous churches of the Franciscan and Dominican orders in Florence, and also includes a visit to the old pharmacy – perfumery of Santa Maria Novella.
Piazza Santa Croce, one of the most harmonic squares of Florence is dominated by the imposing marble façade of the church, designed in Neo Gothic style by architect Nicola Matas in the mid-19th century, which beautifully reflects the spatial order of the interior.
The façade was sponsored by a British benefactor, Sir Francis Sloane. According to tradition the huge star of David on the crowning was a homage to the architect to his Jewish faith.
Around 1228 the Franciscans decided to settle in this swampy, frequently flooded area of town, mostly inhabited by artisans and humble families, a new working class on the shoulders of which the great merchants of Florence were building their immense wealth. At the beginning there was just a small oratory.
The construction of a ‘new’ great church was initiated in 1294 by Arnolfo di Cambio, a disciple of Nicola Pisano, who also designed Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo of Florence.
The central nave is very spacious and filled with light, the depth effect is enhanced by the rhythm of the huge pillars, whose distance from one another diminishes while approaching the main altar.
Typical of Franciscan churches are the series of ‘educational’ frescoes, narrating in a clear way, easy to understand for the simple people that populated the area, the stories of San Francis of Assisi , Jesus Christ and the other saints.
Who paid for this decorations? Some of the greatest families of Florence, such as the Bardi, the Peruzzi, the Alberti acquired the patronage on some of the many chapels, assuming the honor and duty of embellishing and furnishing them.
- This tour lasts three hours and costs 255 euros up to six people (not per person), only private parties.
- For larger parties send us an email
- Santa Croce: 9 euros (closed Sunday am); Santa Maria Novella: 7.5 euros (closed Sunday am)
- No sleeveless garments, short sleeves are ok.
- No shorts knee high are ok.
- Comfortable shoes or sandals and a hat in summer.