Santa Maria Novella Tickets

Santa Maria Novella
Category: Museum Tickets
Location: Florence, Italy
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Visit the beautiful monumental complex of Santa Maria Novella!

With 3 simple steps you can buy tickets and visit the Santa Maria Novella Church together with the environments of the Museum of Santa Maria Novella (Green Cloister, Cloister of the Dead, Spanish Chapel, Refectory and Ubriachi Chapel).

With a few clicks you can visit a veritable casket of art and spirituality that preserves important works among which stand out the two Crucifixes of Giotto and Brunelleschi, and the Masaccio's Trinity. Inside the church you will find also many important chapels to visit decorated with frescoes made by personalities such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi, Paolo Uccello and many others...

Then you will admire the amazing Stories of the Genesis depicted on the walls of the Green Cloister, the Cloister of the Dead (so named for his ancient cemetery function), the Spanish Chapel (famous for its intact frescoes by Andrea di Bonaiuto), the Last Supper by Alessandro Allori inside the Refectory, and the Chapel of the Florentine Ubriachi family.

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The entrance time chosen is indicative, since it is possible that small changes occur.

What makes this Tour Unique?

  • Visit the Santa Maria Novella complex with the Green Cloister and the Spanish Chapel
  • Admire the Crucifixes of Giotto and Brunelleschi and the Masaccio's Trinity
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time
  • Stay in the complex how long you want

Reduced and free tickets

Reduced/Half Ticket:

  • School groups under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)

Free Ticket:

  • Children up to 5 years (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
  • Residents of the city of Florence (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
  • Any handicapped person accompanied by the certificate of disability and the escort

Opening hours

From Monday to Thursday, from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm; Friday from 11.00 am to 5.30 pm; Saturday and religious holiday eves from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm; Sunday and religious holidays from 12.00 to 5.00 pm (from July to September), from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm (from October to June).

The ticket office always closes 45 minutes before the closing time of the church.


There is a museum shop inside the church where it is possible to buy guide books in various languages and objects inspired by works of the Church.

Disabled Visitors

The complex is accessible for disabled persons.

The Complex of Santa Maria Novella is located in the homonymous square situated in front of the Central Railway Station - Florence, where also most of the city buses do their last stop, and can be reached on foot in only 5 minutes.


It is one of the most important complex of the Florentine scene and has been for centuries the reference point of the religious order of the Dominicans.

History of the Church

The original church was once located outside the city walls (it was there included only starting from 1284) and consequently also called Santa Maria tra le Vigne (between vineyards); then it was consecrated in 1094 and still shows today, under the present sacristy, some remains of the ancient building.

In 1221 a group of 12 Dominican friars from Bologna was able to take possession of the church but already in 1242 it was necessary to start working to enlarge the building, which was completed in the mid-fourteenth century and consecrated only in 1420 by Pope Martin V. Authors of the project were two Dominican friars, fra' Sisto da Firenze and fra' Ristoro da Campi, but also participated fra' Jacopo Passavanti and fra' Jacopo Talenti.

On commission of the Rucellai family, Leon Battista Alberti designed the main door and in 1470 completed the facade with marble. Between 1565 and 1571 the church was so much rehandled by Giorgio Vasari and by that time there were no longer made works until the mid-nineteenth century when Enrico Romoli replaced the sixteenth century altars with others of neo-Gothic style, created the current floor and built the current major altar.


  • Giotto, Crucifix, 1288-89
  • Brunelleschi, Crucifix, 1410-15
  • Masaccio, Trinity, 1425-26

There are also many important chapels as the Tornabuoni Chapel or Major Chapel (with frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio), the Filippo Strozzi Chapel (with frescoes by Filippino Lippi), the Bardi Chapel, the Rucellai Chapel, the Gondi Chapel, the Gaddi Chapel, as well as the beautiful Sacristy.

Green Cloister

So named because frescoed with paintings made with the technique called "green land" in the mid-15th century, this environment was built between the 30s and the 60s of the fourteenth century on a project of Giovanni da Campi and Jacopo Talenti. It is famous thanks to the cycle of frescoes made by Paolo Uccello depicting Stories of the Genesis.


  • Creation of the animals
  • Creation of Adam and Eve
  • Great Flood
  • Sacrifice and drunkenness of Noah

Cloister of the Dead

Placed below the level of the transept of the church, it is one of the most ancient environments that once played a cemetery function; ruined by the flood of 1333 and later rebuilt by Jacopo Talenti, it was also partially demolished to make space for the Station Square. Unfortunately have arrived to us very few remains of the original frescoes made by important Florentine personalities such as the Orcagna.

Spanish Chapel

This environment was the old Chapter House financed by Buonamico Guidalotti and realized by Jacopo Talenti between 1343 and 1355. It was later so named in 1566 when Eleonor of Toledo, wife of Cosimo I de' Medici, obtained the permission to use it in favor of the Spanish colony of Florence. The frescoes, realized between 1365 and 1367 by Andrea di Bonaiuto and helpers, exalt the Dominican Order in the fight against heresy.


  • Portal with Martyrdom and Rise of St Peter Martyr
  • Alessandro Allori, San Jacopo led to the martyrdom that heals a paralytic
  • Ship of St Peter the Apostle, the Resurrection, the Ascension and the Pentecost


Realized by Jacopo Talenti in 1353 approximately, houses today sacred furnitures and works from all over the complex. In the 19th century it was found here, hidden under the canvas of 1597 depicting the Last Supper by Alessandro Allori, a 14th century fresco with the Virgin enthroned with the Child attributed to Andrea Bonaiuti; beautiful also the canvases with the Miracles of St Domenico by Ranieri Del Pace.


  • Polyptych by Bernardo Daddi
  • Silk Paliotto with embroidery on design of Paolo Schiavo
  • Reliquary of the Cross' Title of Venetian manufacture

Ubriachi Chapel

Built in the 14th century at the expense of the Florentine Ubriachi family, it was dedicated to the Three Wise Men and houses today fragments of frescoes from the complex, and two important preparatory drawings of the frescoes by Paolo Uccello.

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