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Santa Maria Novella Railway Station

Santa Maria Novella Railway Station: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Shuttle Bus to Barberino Designer Outlet

1. 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.

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

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

Experience Florence from an open-top double-decker tour bus. Hop on and off where you please or relax on board with insightful multilingual audio commentary. Enjoy 2 lines and choose from 24, 48, or 72-hour tickets. Explore this Renaissance city built on the banks of the river Arno. Feel the sunshine on your face on the open-top bus and admire the views of the Arno, Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Romana, and more. 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

3. Shore Excursion to Florence from Livorno

Optimize your time in Livorno to explore one of the most famous cities in the world by traveling aboard a comfortable bus. Download a free multilingual app that will allow you to have detailed information in front of each monument. Knowing the history of Florence has never been so easy and fun. After arriving at the meeting point following the instructions provided, you will be greeted by a clearly identifiable staff who will provide you with the map of the cities, the code to use the wi-fi, and priority access to get on the bus that will take you to Florence. In the Santa Maria Novella area, where you can start exploring the city, Cradle of the Renaissance, is considered an open-air museum and its many masterpieces. In the five hours of time available, you can visit the San Lorenzo market, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Republica, the old bridge, the small alleys set between medieval and Renaissance palaces or wander through the shopping streets as well as taste typical local dishes. Enhance your visit to Florence by choosing the walking tour option, you will be sure you have seen all the main monuments from the best point of view.

Florence: Pisa Morning Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

4. 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. See the famous Baptistry from outside, 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, add to your excursion by purchasing entrance tickets to the Leaning Tower of Pisa whilst boarding your bus.

From Livorno: Florence and Pisa Roundtrip Transfer

5. From Livorno: Florence and Pisa Roundtrip Transfer

During your time in Livorno, take the opportunity to explore two of the most famous cities in Tuscany. Travel on a comfortable tour bus with wi-fi and tips from your tour host. Enjoy free time in Florence and Pisa and discover both of these iconic cities on the same day. First, head to Florence, referred to sometimes as the "cradle of the renaissance". Visit the San Lorenzo market, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Repubblica, and the old bridge. Wander through alleyways set between historic buildings and taste some typical local dishes.  After 3 and a half hours of free time in Florence, continue towards Pisa and take 1 hour and 30 minutes to see the city. Admire the famous monuments at the "meadow of miracles" including the leaning tower. Strike a pose beside the famous monument and snap a photo to help remember your visit.

From Venice: Florence by High-Speed Train & Guided Tours

6. From Venice: Florence by High-Speed Train & Guided Tours

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

7. 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: Private 1-Way Santa Maria Novella Station Transfer

8. Florence: Private 1-Way Santa Maria Novella Station Transfer

Take a 1-way private transfer from your hotel or other accommodation to Santa Maria Novella Train Station. When it's time to say arrivederci to Florence, avoid the hassle of booking a taxi at the last minute. Meet your driver directly at your accommodation in Florence, receive assistance with your luggage, and then sit back and relax with a transfer in a private luxury vehicle. Transportation will be by a Mercedes Benz car for groups of one or two people or a Mercedes Viano or Sprinter minivan for groups of three to eight.

Florence: Sights and Bites Small Group Tour

9. 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 Florence: Private Roundtrip Transfer to Cinque Terre

10. From Florence: Private Roundtrip Transfer to Cinque Terre

Take a private bus or private car from Florence and enjoy a convenient transfer to Cinque Terre. Visit the coastal area's five centuries-old seaside villages and discover the old charm Italy's known for.  Start with a stop in Manarola, followed by Vernazza and Riomaggiore, where you'll have some free time before heading to Monterosso. While in Monterosso take the opportunity for a quick dip in the sea or savor a delicious local lunch. Move on to Manarola at your own leisure to take in the breathtaking landscapes. Head to La Spezia for a little sightseeing and where your return transfer will be waiting for you. Round out your trip with a relaxing ride back to Florence with a 7:30 PM arrival time.

  • Guided tours
  • Day trips
  • Transfers
  • Hop-on hop-off tours

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What people are saying about Santa Maria Novella Railway Station

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,806 reviews

The hop on hop off bus tour was excellent. We were only in Florence for two days so this helped us see the sights in a short space of time. The bus was every hour during the week which meant when we missed one pick up we had to wait another hour. At the weekend it's every 30 mins, which would have been better, but we were limited with our days we were in Florence.

Bus was on time getting back to the ship which was the most important thing for us. Martina was excellent at explaining where to go and what to see. She provided maps and directions. Spoke great English. The cruise line changed the port just the night before, but we received a notice from GetYourGuide and sure enough, they were there at the new port!

Very good service. They are punctual and you can see (from the outside only) the most important places without having to walk so much. I will continue hiring him for other cities.

Easy and fun way to see the city. You can go the entire tour within about an hour.

The best method of surely seeing a major part of Florence! Just time it well !