It is 3 hour tour of history and interesting facts about the very special place in Florence - Santa Maria Novella church and square, which was the site of many celebrations and events in the past. It is the first great basilica in Florence, and is the Florence chief Dominican church. Inside the church we will discover unique art masterpieces: Crucifix by Brunelleschi, Fresco with Trinity by Masaccio, Crucifix by Giotto, Cappella Tornabuoni frescoed by Domenico del Ghirlandaio, Michelangelo's teacher and many more. The tour does not end here! It continues with the discovery of ancient smells and recipes in the oldest pharmacy of the world. Are you ready to find out your own personal elixir?
The begins in one of the most important and mythical squares in Florence - the square of Santa Maria Novella. The highlight of the tour is the attractive church of Santa Maria Novella, with a facade made by Leon Battista Alberti. The church has a strong Gothic style predominance as well perfectly reflecting Renaissance thus a balance of both styles and harmony and the ideals of humanist architecture. The tour continues discovering the inside the church which was inspired by Classical Era and era of Greek and Roman times with inspiring masterpieces: Crucifix by Brunelleschi and another by Giotto (the most important Florentine artist ever), Trinity by Masaccio with its famous "I was once what you are, and what I am you will become",Girlandaio's frescoes on the Tardibuoni's chapel etc.One more less known, but nevertheless important, part of the tour is Santa Maria Novella's pharmaceutical workshop - the most ancient one all over the world. Passing through an old doorway, you will come back in the times of 1300, a period of magnificence and richness.The first room is full of bright sweet perfumes tickling noses. Among the most popular renewed pharmaceutical products, the most interesting ones are Santa Maria Novella's water, in ancient times called Anthysterical water, the Medici's elixir and the red liquor Alkermes. Choose from all of the kinds and acquire your magic potion.