When arriving by train in Florence, you’ll get in in Santa Maria Novella Train Station, the station isn’t a brand new one but sections are being over the years improved and renovated so even if you don’t have to expect a fancy new station it gets the job done, with ATM’s, Cafes, Mc Donald’s, and some other known and less known primary services for travelers.  When you will be looking for a cell phone in Florence, this area might be your first bet.

Santa Maria Novella Train Station in Florence

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As you exit the train station you are already steps away from the main monuments of the area such the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella a Dominican Church located just opposite to the station.

The Church is famously known for its frescoes and funerary monuments. There is a large square right outside the church called Piazza Santa Maria Novella.  On the main road towards the Cathedral off to Via Cerretani and Via Panzani is the beginning of one of the most frequented areas for shopping.

Church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence

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To organize your stay well, at the Santa Maria Novella station itself there is an information office that will help you with all the questions you would like to ask.

What to see

The Church of Borgognissanti

Piazza, Borgo and Church of Ognissanti

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Church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence

Santa Maria Novella Church in Florence

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Fratelli Alinari

The Alinari Museum of Photography

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What to eat & drink

Trattoria dai 13 Gobbi Florence

Another Great Restaurant in Via del Porcellana: I 13 Gobbi

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Trattoria al Contadino

A Pranzo dal Contadino: At Lunch at The Farmer!

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Restaurant Belcore in Florence

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What to do and Where to go out

Officina del Profumo Florence

A visit to the Oldest Pharmacy in Florence!

The famous perfumery (not longer a pharmacy now) of Santa Maria Novella is located in Via della Scala 16 and its considered to be the oldest historical pharmacy in Europe, operating without interruption for almost 4 centuries, and…

Sei Divino wine bar in Florence

A Great Wine Bar in Florence: Sei Di Vino

The Wine Bar Sei Divino is a very popular bar in Borgognissanti where friends and regulars meet for a glass of wine, sometimes not just one! The ambient is very nice with a friendly owner and serving top…

Space Electronic in Via Palazzuolo Florence

Dancing Clubs in Florence: Welcome to Space Electronic

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