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What you should know about Santissima Annunziata

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Santissima Annunziata is the area around the minor basilica of the same name, which means "Most Holy Annunciation." Building began on the church in the 13th century, and the legend is that an artist began a painting of the annunciation, couldn't finish Mary's face, and woke to find his artwork completed by an angel. Pilgrims flocked to the church to study and to place sculpted prayer candles in front of this miraculous painting. Today, the glorious basilica is the destination of tourists who visit while in Florence to see its ceiling frescoes, substantial columns, and Baroque embellishments. Find the best accommodation in this area by paying a visit to Hotels.com and entering a few details, including the dates you'll be in Florence, into the search bar before taking a look at the images and details of each hotel before deciding where you'll stay.

What's Santissima Annunziata, Florence Like?

The Basilica della Santissima Annunziata is part of a complex made up of nave, side chapels, and cloisters. One of the chapels is known as the Martyr's Chapel, where Mona Lisa chose to be buried. The Chapel of the Most Holy Annunciation is where you'll find the painting of Mary that an angel is said to have completed. If you notice more than a few bouquets at this shrine, this is where brides in Florence hurry over after their ceremonies to leave their wedding flowers for good luck. The Basilica is home to sculptures and paintings by many famous Italian artists, and more than a few are buried in the complex. The Piazza Santissima Annunziata is notable for its porticoes designed by Brunelleschi, the same genius who designed Florence's Duomo.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Santissima Annunziata, Florence

This basilica is a working church, and may not be open to visitors, so check before heading there if you have your heart set on seeing the inside of the basilica. The main cloister is usually always open if you do arrive to find the main church closed. When visiting any religious building in Italy, dress conservatively, talk in hushed tones when there are services taking place, and don't touch artwork, statues, or other features unless specifically told you may. Often, no flash cameras are allowed to be used near sensitive paintings. Follow the rules and you will be considered a respectful guest. Santissima Annunziata draws visitors of faith as well as history buffs, so hotel rooms close may be difficult during holidays and special events, so book your hotel early on Hotels.com.