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Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 10 October 2018

The oldest church in the city was originally built in the 11th century and refurbished in the 13th century, but the church here existed as early as the 8th century. The exterior is quite plain and simple, but in its elegant interior, there are some...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Borzov
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Small church by Florentine standards that has the honor of being called the oldest church. Not much to look at from the outside, it holds some interesting things inside including a tomb of the renowned philosopher, scholar and Dante’s adopted father Brunetto Latini. It opens...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

The oldest church in Florence, Italy. Not much decoration with simple exterior design but an interesting interior design.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank MandC0218
Reviewed 17 June 2018

Santa Maria Maggiore may just be the most forgettable church in Florence. Most tourists will just walk by this church. We visited because I was interested in the hidden secret (below). It is, after all, one of Florence’s oldest churches (some say the oldest). The...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 19 May 2018

When going to Firenze, don't let this cathedral pass. There you will find many historical celebrities tombs, such as Galileo, Dante, Machiavel and many others.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Matheus M
Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

Came here to say a prayer whilst waiting for my husband to climb the dome. A lovely church a few minutes walk from the Duomo. Not as opulent as other Florentine churches but beautiful nonetheless

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank KateW465
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

This church, located few blocks away from the Duomo has some nice paintings and is a good way to use the queuing time while waiting to enter the Duomo (if you are more than 1, obviously)

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank 267federicor
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Santa Maria Maggiore is quite an interesting church. It is rather plain to look at on the outside, but once inside it's a different story. It is ornate and contains some lovely features, with beautiful artworks.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 26 November 2016

Refreshing for Florence because you find real parishioners offering worship here. Not a museum church, the exterior is unfinished simple Gothic. On the interior, there are interesting frescoes that reveal a glimpse of the 11th century. Beautiful place to simply contemplate the centuries since.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

Compared to the many sumptuously decorated churches of Florence this one is plain by comparison- but by no means is it bare. There are some lovely frescoes and art work, even if not by the more famous masters of Italy. As there's I still no...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank BearTraveler69
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Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by
an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city.
The historic center is characterized by the immensity
of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the
brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does
not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni
Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is
enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city
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