Santa Maria Novella Railway Station

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Florence Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

1. Florence Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

Take in the sights of Florence over 24, 48 or 72 hours from the top of an open-top double-decker tour bus. You can choose the places to visit and the things to see as you travel in comfort and convenience. Learn about the city’s past from the multilingual audio commentary available on board. You can hop on or off at any of the stops on all 2 lines with your ticket. Florence is situated on the banks of the Arno River and is known for its role in the development of art and architecture during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The city’s museums, churches, and palaces house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. Line A This line goes through Florence city center and the entire route lasts approximately 1 hour. Stop 10 Santa Maria Novella Train Station (in front of the luggage storage) Stop 11 Libertà Stop 12 Donatello Stop 13 Beccaria Stop 14 Santa Croce Stop 15 Teatro Verdi Stop 1 Ferrucci Stop 2 Michelangelo Stop 3 Galileo Stop 4 Villa Cora Stop 5 Porta Romana Stop 6 Piazza Tasso Stop 7 Porta San Frediano Stop 8 Rotonda Barbetti Stop 9 Piazza Indipendenza Line B (currently suspended) Line B focuses on Florence and Fiesole. The bus includes stops at Fiesole, a famous Etruscan hillside city with breathtaking views of Florence. The entire route takes 2 hours. Stop 1 Michelangelo Stop 2 Ferrucci Stop 3 Demidoff Stop 4 Grazie Stop 5 Zecca Vecchia Stop 6 Lungo l'Affrico Stop 7 Righi (ostello) Stop 8 San Domenico Stop 9 Regresso Stop 10 Fiesole Stop 11 Regresso Stop 12 San Domenico Stop 13 Righi (ostello) Stop 14 Stadio Stop 15 Matteotti Stop 16 Libertà Stop 17 La Pira Stop 18 Leopolda Stop 19 Piazzale delle Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 20 Shelly Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 21 Vittorio Veneto Stop 22 Curtatone Stop 23 Soderini Stop 24 Tasso Stop 25 Porta Romana Stop 26 Machiavelli Stop 27 Galileo

Shore Excursion to Florence from Livorno

2. Shore Excursion to Florence from Livorno

Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service to Florence from Livorno Port. Benefit from the services of a multilingual assistant and free Wi-Fi aboard the bus for maximum convenience. Get dropped off on Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station upon arrival in Florence at 11:00 AM. Then, enjoy approximately 4.5 hours to explore at your own pace. Board the bus back to Livorno at 3:45 PM and get dropped off at the bus stop to catch the shuttle service back to the cruise terminal on arrival.

From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

3. From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" and the beautiful miracle square at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service from Livorno. Your journey will be in a comfortable GT coach with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, driven by a multilingual assistant for your convenience. You'll receive a free map of Florence and Pisa, as well as receive an emergency number so that everything goes smoothly. Your first destination will be Florence - you will be dropped off at the Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station, enjoy your free time to explore the sites that interest you the most at your own pace. At 2:30 PM, you will leave Florence and travel to Pisa for 3:30 PM, where you will have at least 70 minutes to visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy's most famous monuments. At 4:45 PM the bus leaves Pisa to arrive back at Livorno at 5:15 PM. With this transfer service, focus on enjoying these two beautiful cities instead of worrying about transportation.

Florence: Shuttle Bus to Barberino Designer Outlet

4. Florence: Shuttle Bus to Barberino Designer Outlet

Barberino Designer Outlet is the perfect location to find your favorite designer brands at up to 70% off, all year round. Discover more than 120 boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, a children's play area, and free parking, surrounded by a wonderful Tuscan setting, Barberino Designer Outlet offers something for everyone. The outlet is conveniently located adjacent to the A1 motorway, just 30 minutes from Florence.

From Rome: Florence by High-Speed Train & Guided Tour

5. From Rome: Florence by High-Speed Train & Guided Tour

Escape Rome on a high-speed train and travel to Florence to enter the beautiful Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery with a guide. Board the train and enjoy a relaxing trip on the way to Florence. Walk towards the Duomo Square and get lost between the beautiful facade of the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, and the unique Giotto Bell Tower, between the Baptistery and the majestic Brunelleschi Dome. Meet the guide at 11:00 am for a visit to the Accademia Gallery, a must-see destination in Florence, and the home of Michelangelo's statue of David. Wander through the gallery and see the beautiful pieces, while gaining significant insights into art and painting techniques. Take a walk to the Central market and prepare to enjoy a tasting of typical local products followed by another walk, this time towards Ponte Vecchio, an eternal symbol of Florence, and reach the Piazzale Degli Uffizi, home to the Uffizi Gallery. Move on to Piazza Della Signoria where to meet with the guide while you admire the majestic Palazzo Vecchio. Enter this unique gallery and be immersed in its artistic spirit, admire wonderful artworks such as "The Birth of Venus" and "The Spring" by Botticelli. See many other famous works by artists such as Giotto, Piero Della Francesca, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Titian, Caravaggio, and many others. After an amazing day, start the walk back to the Santa Maria Novella train station and depart back to Rome.

From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

6. From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a combined full-day sightseeing and walking tour of Pisa and the Cinqueterre National Park on an excursion especially designed for independent travelers between 18 and 35 years of age. You will first travel by train from Santa Maria Novella station in Florence. Stop for 2 hours at Pisa, home of the spectacular Piazza dei Miracoli, where you will see Pisa’s most significant attractions, including the Leaning Tower, Baptistry, Campo Santo, and Duomo di Pisa (Pisa Cathedral). Next, travel by local train from La Spezia station, on the Pisa to Genoa line, to Cinqueterre National Park. Known as the "Five Lands," Cinqueterre is a stunning cluster of villages famous for their scenic walking trails, gorgeous coastline, and sunny beaches. Then next stop will be a visit to Riomaggiore. Two more villages will be visited Manarola and Vernazza, which is ideal for those who want to relax and lay on the beach. 

Florence: Sights and Bites Small Group Tour

7. Florence: Sights and Bites Small Group Tour

Begin your immersion into Florence with a small group walking and tasting tour. Admire the iconic sights of Florence and learn the historical and cultural significance from your guide. Work up an appetite and taste sweet pastries, wander the food market, and discover a famous local hotspot. Meet your guide at the Santa Maria Novella square and admire the homonymous Basilica, a true Renaissance masterpiece. Learn the history and the characters of Florence as you stroll through city alleys. Reach the Cathedral, a symbol of the city, and learn how Brunelleschi managed to build the big dome. Visit Signoria Square, surrounded by sculptures and artworks by Donatello, Cellini, Giambologna, and Michelangelo. Get ready for the first tasting at a local bakery, savor delightful parties ad Tuscan sweets that are impossible to find on your own. Walk towards the Arno river and contemplate the noble palaces and Ponte Vecchio. Next, explore the medieval district and Santa Croce church, which hosts the most important characters of Florence inside and an annual ancient history tournament. Pass through to the east side of the city and take in the bustling atmosphere as you browse the daily food market. Try different tastes of Florentine delicatessens and breathe the fresh aromas of local products. Stop last at a curious food shop, famous even to the locals. Chill out with a tasty glass of wine and a selection of Tuscan crostini or a treat of the day. Cin cin!

From Venice: Guided Tour of Florence by High-Speed Train

8. From Venice: Guided Tour of Florence by High-Speed Train

Journey to Florence from Venice by high-speed train in 2 hours and prepare yourself for a complete cultural immersion. Discover the city and its huge artistic patrimony, museums, monuments, palaces, and churches. Admire some of the most important artistic treasures in the world. Walk around Duomo Square and admire the beautiful Cathedral with the majestic Dome of Brunelleschi and the Bell Tower of Giotto. Then meet your guide and get ready to explore the beautiful Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s David. Afterward, explore the San Lorenzo Central Market and enjoy a tasting of local products, specially prepared for you. Then venture out on your own and discover Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza Della Signoria with its historical and architectural heritage such as Palazzo Vecchio, Loggia Dei Lanzi, and the Uffizi Gallery. Next to Palazzo Vecchio you will find the Neptune Fountain where you will connect back to your guide and visit the unique Uffizi Gallery which houses one of the best collections of Renaissance art in the world. Finally, you will head towards the Santa Maria Novella train station and depart back to Venice.

Pisa: Day Excursion from Florence

9. Pisa: Day Excursion from Florence

Beginning from Florence, you will depart from the main train Station of Santa Maria Novella. After 1 hour you will reach Pisa Station before meeting your guide for a group tour of the main Square, Piazza dei Miracoli. This of one of the most important historical complex in Europe and has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1989. The itinerary includes an introduction to the Square and of all its monuments (Baptistry, Monumental Cemetery, Leaning Tower and Cathedral) and a visit inside the Cathedral. With this tour you have the possibility to book tickets for the Leaning Tower in advance. After the visit you will have free time to walk by yourself in the city center, before choosing any train to get back to Florence 

Florence: Pisa Morning Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

10. Florence: Pisa Morning Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

Your day of discovery begins with a walk along the medieval walls as you head toward the ancient entrance, Porta Santa Maria. Once you've reached this historic destination, you can admire how the white marble architecture stands out amongst the green lawns of Piazza dei Miracoli. Throughout your tour, your expert guide will accompany you and help you discover the Piazza dei Miracoli and all its most famous monuments. Some of these major landmarks include the Baptistery, the monumental cemetery and the famous Leaning Tower. At the end of your guided tour, you will have free time to relax on the lawn in the shadow of the Tower, or if you prefer, enjoy a spot of shopping amongst the local stores.  If you wish, you can add to your excursion by purchasing entrance tickets to the Leaning Tower of Pisa whilst boarding your bus.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria Novella Railway Station

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 619 reviews

An excellent service, very good treatment, the driver a magician, to avoid the cars and different obstacles, the views and description of the unbeatable places of interest, thank you very much

Very good organization Schedules respected Line A a little too outside the centers of interest. Things to do to get a good overview

Half day trip- very relaxing and interesting. We’ll organized. Local guide joined us in Pisa. She was excellent!!

Wonderful time. Everything is timed out perfectly. Couldn’t ask for a better trip.

48 hrs was very convenient for getting to know the city for the first time.