Skip the line at the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, the highlight of Florence's monastic complex. Once inside, you'll learn the history of the Dominican Order via a high-tech video guide. Tour this fascinating basilica, discover great artwork of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and admire the Cloisters, 15th-century frescoes, and more.
With this skip the line ticket you can enter the Santa Maria Novella and whisk yourself back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The whole time you'll have a high-tech video guide on a handy 7-inch tablet. This guide will help illuminate the basilica's history, architecture, and artworks.
This basilica, the first one in Florence, is filled with incredible artwork by some of the greatest contributors to the Renaissance, including the painter Giotto, famed for his unsurpassed craftsmanship.
Other highlights include Masaccio's fresco of the Trinity with the Madonna, and Domenico Ghirlandaio and Filippino Lippi's late 15th-century fresco cycles. The Italian Gothic architecture of the Chiostro dei Morti (Cloister of the Dead) never fails to leave an impression.
Pay attention to the 14th-century decorative schemes dating from the Plague in 1348. These dramatic representations of paradise, purgatory, and hell are understandably morbid, given the amount of death that was all around.
Bus: Lines 22, C1 or C2 to Stazione Via Panzani.
Collect your video guide by showing your smartphone ticket at the video desk at Piazza della Stazione 4 (Cloister Entrance). From here you can enter the basilica right away.