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Private Guided Visit of Florence Santa Maria Novella Basilica and its Officina Profumo Farmaceutica

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Firenze, Italy

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Enjoy an in-depth private look at one of Florence's prettiest Renaissance churches and its ancient pharmacy with this Basilica of Santa Maria Novella tour. Then, tour the basilica's charming Cloisters, decorated with frescoes by Paolo Uccello, and explore an ancient pharmaceutical workshop.
  • Learn about the founding of the church in the 13th century
  • See works of art inside the church by Ghirlandaio, Giotto, and more
  • Admire the peaceful Green Cloister with frescoes by Paolo Uccello
  • Visit the historic Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy in its original building
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Local professional Guide at your side
Earphones for groups of more than 7 participants
Basilica admission ticket to be paid on the spot: Adult: € 7,50; ages 11-17: € 5,00; 10 and under free
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Everything not mentioned as Included

Departure Point

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide outside the entrance of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Admire its multi-colored marble facade overlooking a pretty piazza.

Inside the church, learn about the 'mendicant order' of Dominican friars who founded the church in the early 13th century. Look for important pieces of art, such as frescoes by Filippino Lippi and Ghirlandaio, the 'Trinity' by Masaccio, and the 'Crucifix' by Giotto.

Make your way to the adjoining Green Cloister, which takes its name from the dominant color in the frescoes painted by Paolo Uccello. Continue on to the oldest pharmacy still in operation in the world, the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella – also known as the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy.

Originally founded in 1612 under the influence of Cosimo I de' Medici and his successors, the pharmacy workshop was focused on making ointments and balms from medicinal plants and herbs. Today, the pharmacy also creates unique perfumes and soaps using old recipes. Marvel at the interior of the pharmacy, which is still in the original building with vaulted ceilings and frescoes on the walls.
Itinerary
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Church of Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella Basilica was founded by the Dominican Fathers at the beginning of 1200 and magnificently stands with its splendid Renaissance façade, in the namesake beautiful square. Inside it, you will have the chance to see masterpieces such as the "Crucifix" by Giotto the "Trinity" by Masaccio and the spectacular frescoes by Filippino Lippi and Ghirlandaio and also hear the story of the "mendicant order" of friars who have always been present in this church. Your tour ends inside the elegant "Green Cloister" so named for its beautiful murals in green earth by Paolo Uccello.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
As early as the 14th century the Dominican monks of the Santa Maria Novella monastery, who cultivated the land belonging to the monastery behind the cloisters, were selling rose water to use as a disinfectant, primarily during periods of epidemic. In the 16th century, under the influence of Cosimo I de' Medici and his successors, who took a profound interest in the natural sciences, and with the founding of the first "Giardino dei Semplici” (medicinal plants), the monks began to cultivate a wide variety of plants, distil herbs and flowers and prepare essences, ointments and balms. The current "workshop" at Santa Maria Novella dates back to 1612, a period when apothecaries were plying their trade here, which you will have an opportunity to visit after seeing the Basilica. Here, within the ancient halls that form part of the old Dominican monastery, beneath the vaulted ceilings with their magnificent frescoes and surrounded by the aromatic scent of herbs from the Tuscan countryside, you will be captivated by the irresistible and extraordinary products that are known and acknowledged throughout the world. A real “top must see” amazing place!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY CAF Tour and Travel

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Guided Visit of Florence Santa Maria Novella Basilica and its Officina Profumo Farmaceutica?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Visit of Florence Santa Maria Novella Basilica and its Officina Profumo Farmaceutica.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Guided Visit of Florence Santa Maria Novella Basilica and its Officina Profumo Farmaceutica?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Visit of Florence Santa Maria Novella Basilica and its Officina Profumo Farmaceutica.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Guided Visit of Florence Santa Maria Novella Basilica and its Officina Profumo Farmaceutica?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Visit of Florence Santa Maria Novella Basilica and its Officina Profumo Farmaceutica.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Guided Visit of Florence Santa Maria Novella Basilica and its Officina Profumo Farmaceutica?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Visit of Florence Santa Maria Novella Basilica and its Officina Profumo Farmaceutica.

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