Santa Maria Novella, my private tour
If you need something quiet, well, do not choose this tour!
The newborn Church
The church of Santa Maria Novella is the church of one of the mendicants orders that settled in Florence in the first half of 1200, the Dominicans. When the Dominicans arrived in Florence they received a small church called Santa Maria delle Vigne oriented eastward. Few decades later the Dominicans decided to built a bigger church using parts of the building of the old church. The new church was called Santa Maria Novella (the "new" Santa Maria) oriented southward instead of eastward.
The Church in the centuries
During the centuries the church has been modified several times, above all in the inside. The most important work that was done on the outside was the marble decoration of the facade that was realized in the 2' half of the 1400 by the famous renaissance architect Leon Battista Alberti. His facade is a Renaissance masterpiece that blends perfectly with the previous Gothic facade.
The internal architecture of the church is typical Gothic although there are also masterpieces up to 1700.
Here are some of the artists we will meet during our visit
Giotto (with his Painted Cross)
Masaccio. He is consider to be one of the father of the Renaissance. His Trinita here in the church is one of the most significant masterpiece of the Western art !
Domenico Ghirlandaio. The main chapel of the church was frescoed by him and his workshop. In Ghirlandaio's workshop the teenager Michelangelo moved the first steps into the art of painting . We will reconize on the very top part of the chapel few very small figures painted "probably" by Michelangelo himself
Filippino Lippi ( apprentice in the workshop of Botticelli)
The Orcagna brothers
Filippo Brunelleschi , he carved for the this church one the most beautiful crucifixes that we have in Florence !
Giorgio Vasari , he modified the church according to the dictates of the Council of Trent
Agnolo Gaddi , to see his hidden frescoes we must have a torch :)
Giovanni della Robbia (his family invented the glazed terracotta)
Two members of the Medici and the Rucellai families got married in this church in the 15' century, there must have been a reason why !!
The lenght for this private Tour of the Santa Maria Novella church is 2,5 hours
Tour rates in euro, per group:
1 person=100,00 ; 2 people=130,00 ; 3 people=140,00 ; 4 people=150,00 ; 5 people=160,00 ; 6 people=172,00 ; 7 people=182,00
(admission fees not included)
Do we need to buy a ticket to enter the church?
Yes you do. The full price ticket costs 5,00 euro.
Do we need to reserve the entrance to the church in advance?
No you don't , it is not necessary to reserve the entrance in advance.
Can we arrange this tour shorter than 2,5 hours?
Of course you can, and the rate will be recalculated. All my tours are tailor made.
Can we mix this tour with other tours?
Yes you can.
Do we need to dress appropriately for a church?
Yes you do, legs up to the knee and shoulders must be covered.