Florence travel guide

Santa Maria Novella

The wonderful medieval church of Santa Maria Novella, one of the most important churches in the city. Built in the mid-thirteenth century, is the monument that welcomes visitors arriving at the station in Florence, which is called precisely, Santa Maria Novella. If you look closely at the facade, you can see the decorations with inflated sails. It is the symbol of the Rucellai family, with the well-known and wealthy patron Giovanni who financed the completion of the church, and who owed their fortune to maritime trade.

In fact, we can read in the architrave the year the church was completed, with the Latin inscription that says "Giovanni Rucellai, son of Paolo, year 1470". There are also interesting details such as an armilla for astronomical forecasts and a sundial to calculate the time. In Florence you can find other sundials, such as the one on the Ponte Vecchio. Among the masterpieces inside the church are the famous Trinity by Masaccio, a precious crucifix by Giotto and the splendid frescoes by Ghirlandaio, Michelangelo's master.