A hodgepodge of chic hotels and shabby buildings close to the train station and city centre: an ideal base.
If you are looking for a cosy and lively district full of contrasts, this is the place to be. Santa Maria Novella is not only the name of the district, but also of a basilica as well as Florence Central Station (SMN). Its mixed crowd of locals and travellers gives it international allure. For years, a lot of work has been done to combat the neighbourhood's degeneration. For instance, the square in front of the church has been completely refurbished and, for a while now, there have been chic hotels. These hotels, mostly on weekends, serve nice aperitifs on their roof terraces, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city with an Apérol in your hand.