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Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Borzov
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Across Rome from St. Peter’s is another beautiful church, the largest and oldest basilica in Rome. Construction on it began in 432 and ended in 1743. It was consecrated in the 12th century. The carved ceiling is covered in gold, the apse is covered with...More

Thank rzoe
Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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

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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.

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

Thank Maggi713
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.

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

Thank Kate W
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)

Thank Federico R
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.

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.

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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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