A perfect amalgamation of Gothic and Renaissance art and architecture, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella was Michelangelo’s muse and also his ‘bride'. A few minutes from the Florence train station, this convent was built by Dominican monks between the thirteenth and fourteenth century. While the design of the impressive exterior can be credited to Leon Battista Alberti and Fra Jacopo Talenti, the colossal interiors were supposedly conceived by Brunelleschi who was also responsible for the dome of the Duomo. The premises include the Chapels of Filippo Strozzi, Della Pura, Bardi, Rucellai, Spanish, Gondi, Strozzi di Mantova and Sacristy.
Interestingly, this was the first great church of Florence. Its artistic treasures range from Filippo Brunelleschi’s ‘The Crucifix’ to stained glass windows by Alessandro Agolanti.