Santa Maria Novella Basilica: E-ticket with Audio Tour and Florence City Tour on Your Phone

Santa Maria Novella Basilica: E-ticket with Audio Tour and Florence City Tour on Your Phone

From $ 20,32 per person

  • Entrance e-ticket
    Use your phone or print the voucher
  • Self-guided audio tour
    Follow the story at your own pace
  • English
    For both audio and stories included
Santa Maria Novella Basilica: E-ticket with Audio Tour and Florence City Tour on Your Phone

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Overview

  • 4 hours
  • 134 stories
  • 5km distance
  • 32 stops

Experience Florence at your own pace with a skip-the-line e-ticket and an audio tour for Santa Maria Novella Basilica, as well as the fascinating self-guided Florence City Tour with 2 audio tours on your smartphone.

 

Receive your ticket by email, download the app and the audio tours on your phone, prior to your visit, and travel back in time to experience the glory of Santa Maria Novella Basilica, a treasure trove of art and history. Do not also miss to discover Florence and learn about the celebrated art scene and the famous Renaissance artists who have left their mark on the city with a fascinating self guided audio city tour on your phone.

 

Put on your headphones and explore the Holy Trinity by Masaccio, the Strozzi Chapel and the Sacristy through the power of storytelling and learn historical information and uncommon stories and anecdotes about the intriguing history of the church and its role in shaping the city of Florence. It is also your chance to explore Florence with a self-guided city walking tour on your phone and immerse yourself in the beauty of its stories. Tour’s content is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief original stories that will make your visit both engaging and informative. The audio tours can be used repeatedly and anytime, before or after your visit.

 

This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the unique blend of religious and artistic influences that have shaped Santa Maria Novella Basilica, as well as the spellbinding city of Florence itself, and relate to your surroundings in an entirely original way.

 

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A space for the races

The piazza in front of the Basilica soon became a popular site for "palio dei cocchi", a horse race established in 1563 between the four teams from the four quarters of the city (Reds – Santa Maria Novella; Greens – San Giovanni; Blues – Santa Croce; Whites – Santo Spirito). Four “cocchi”, very similar to ancient Roman chariots, went around the square three times, using two wooden pyramids as reference points. The winner received a velvet fabric or drape as a prize. The race was organised on June 23th, the day before the feast of St John the Baptist, saint and patron of Florence, on whose feast day the final match of the much celebrated Calcio Storico Fiorentino (an ancient form of football). In 1600, the pyramids were substituted with marble obelisks, and the Flemish artist Jean de Boulogne sculpted four bronze tortoises at the bottom of each.

Samuela Marconcini

I am a licensed tour guide and an independent researcher, specialised in the history of the Jews in Italy. History is my passion, and to make it interesting for everybody is my mission: leading guided tours in a wonderful city like Florence.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Adult entry ticket for Santa Maria Novella Basilica
  • Self-guided audio tour for Santa Maria Novella Basilica on your smartphone (Android & iOS)
  • Self-guided audio tour for the city of Florence
  • An activation link to access your audio tour
  • Offline content (text, audio narration and maps) to avoid roaming charges

Exclusions

  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Mandatory items

  • Charged smartphone
  • Headphones

The location

Address

P.za di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Directions to starting point

There is no meeting point. 

  • The self-guided audio tour for Santa Maria Novella Basilica is designed to start at the Piazza in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella (P.za di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy). The easiest way to get there is by reaching the tram station Unita (Piazza dell’Unità Italiana, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy) or by reaching the bus station Stazione Santa Caterina (50123 Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy), both are in front of the Santa Maria Novella Basilica. The tour ends at the entrance of the Βasilica.
  • The self-guided audio tour for the city of Florence is designed to start at the entrance of the Galleria dell’Academia at Via Ricasoli 58/60 50129 Firenze, Italy. The easiest way to get there is to ride the 23A(to Sogdane) or the 14A(to Il Girone) bus line to Santissima Annunziata bus station and, then, walk for about 2 mins to reach your destination. The tour ends at Santo Spirito Church at Piazza Santo Spirito, 30, 50125 Firenze, Italy near the Santo Spirito bus stop.

Ending Points

  • Santa Maria Novella Basilica:  The tour ends at the entrance of the Βasilica.
  • Florence City Tour: The tour ends at Santo Spirito Church at Piazza Santo Spirito, 30, 50125 Firenze, Italy near the Santo Spirito bus stop.

Areas

The Cloister of the Dead / The Green Cloister / The Ubriachi Chapel / The Ancient Dormitory

Santa Maria del Fiore/ Piazza della Signoria/ Galleria degli Uffizi

Important information

Opening hours

Opening hours for Santa Maria Novella

Recommended visiting hours

  • Santa Maria Novella Basilica:

From Monday to Thursday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Before religious holidays: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday and religious holidays:

from April to June: 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

from July to September: 12:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

from October to March: 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Last admission to the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella half an hour before closing time (usually last admission at 17:00).

  • Florence City Tour:

This is a city tour, therefore, it is always available. It is recommended to take the tour before sunset.

Know before you book

  • This is a combination of two downloadable self-guided audio tours for your smartphone (accessible through our app) and an entry ticket for Santa Maria Novella Basilica.
  • No live guide or meeting point provided.
  • After booking, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well.
  • The course of the visit may be modified and special restrictions may be imposed. The visitors must always adhere to the guidelines of the site.
  • Book per device to be used, not per participant.
  • An Android (version 5.0 and later) or iOS (version 15.0 and later) smartphone is required. The audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 6/6 Plus or older, iPod Touch 6th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Air 1st generation, iPad Mini 3rd generation or older.
  • You will need storage space on your phone (200-300MB).
  • Free and reduced admission tickets do not have to skip the line privileges and can only be acquired at the ticket booth on-site.
  • Free/reduced admission tickets can only be acquired at the ticket booth on-site.
  • The tours are suitable for all ages.
  • The Florence City Tour is a city tour therefore it is wheelchair accessible. Please note that not all possible routes are wheelchair accessible.

Know before you go

  • Download the ticket(s) & audio tours while on WiFi prior to your visit. Mobile signal may be weak at the site(s).
  • After booking, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Ensure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring your earphones
  • Access to Santa Maria Novella Basilica is not allowed with bulky luggage or trolley
  • Please note that the dress code is strictly enforced at Santa Maria Novella Basilica. Visitors with bare legs and shoulders or wearing sandals, hats and sunglasses are not allowed inside the cathedral
  • Please refrain from consuming food or beverages inside the church 
  • Kindly avoid using mobile/cell phones inside the Basilica 
  • Store umbrellas and objects that could cause damage to art in the designated area at the entrance 
  • For the Florence City Tour visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking.

Contributors and Bibliography

Contributors

Samuela Marconcini

Martina Thea Pomini

Image Credits:

  1. Author Ctny Wikimedia
  2. MCAD Library Flickr
  3. JoJan Wikimedia
  4. Amada44 Wikimedia
  5. Bradley Weber Wikimedia
  6. Benutzer Zagreus Wikimedia
  7. Jim Forest Flickr
  8. Diana Ringo Wikimedia
  9. Yair Haklai Wikimedia
  10. Diana Ringo Flickr
  11. Ingo Mehling Wikimedia
  12. Yair Haklai Wikimedia
  13. Martina Thea Pomini Flickr

Download the app

To take this self-guided tour, you will need to download the Clio Muse Tours app on your iOS or Android device. Enjoy your tour!

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