Are you travelling along Italy and are you going to stop in Firenze at Santa Maria Novella’s train station to change train and you have just one hour ?
What a pity you have just such a short time to visit this beautiful city ,you are sad about it ,aren’t you? …😁😞☹️ I can perfectly imagine how you are feeing but ..don’t worry, follow my tips & you will see something interesting anyway in the nearby & in few minutes!
First of all ,as soon as you get off from the train , go out from the right exit – usually less crowded than the central or left one – cross the street & keep on right until a traffic light , cross and keep on going right for just few metres than turn left into Via della Scala where the first – unforgettable – stop will be : Officina di Santa Maria Novella (open every day from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm )www.smnovella.com a magnificent location that host this old prestigious pharmacy since 1612 – can assure you that this only stop worths the visit !
When you are inside, immersed in these aromatic fragrances & architectonical beauties of the past , have a look to the ceiling painted as a real blue sky with stars, the chandaliers and then don’t miss the cloister of Santa Maria Novella Church that you could see from the herbalist room & will appear to you what has been considered an extraordinary example of Gothic architecture . Around you you will find a huge choice of “made in Florence” presents to bring home from room essences, herbal infusions,body cream, parfumes,essences & chocolates too all of them dressed in elegant packagings.
Continuing on the left from the Officina of Santa Maria Novella’s exit , at the end of the street on your left you could see in all its magnificent the Santa Maria Novella ‘s façade projected & finished by architect Leon Battisti Alberti at the end of 1470.
At this point you don’t need to walk until the Duomo square to see the Brunelleschi’s dome & the Giotto towerbell : in fact , if you want ,you can order an aperitivo or a cappuccino by the rooftop terrace – with swimming pool – by the Grand Hotel Minerva www.grandhotelminerva.com located just on the left side of the church that offers a breathtaking view & from where you could take great photos – see mine here below 😉🔝🍸🍹
Ops, I am sorry , now it’s time to go back to the station or you will miss your train connection but please, trust me, don’t miss this mini tour I just suggested to you , you will love it ! 😉👍🍸🍸💒🛍🛍