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Santa Maria Novella Train Station
Florence is on the principal Italian train route between most European capitals and Rome, and within Italy it is served frequently from Milan, Venice, and Rome by Intercity (IC) and nonstop Eurostar trains.

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Santa Maria Novella Train Station
Stazione Centrale di Santa Maria Novella (PHONE: 8488/888088) is Florence's main station and is centrally located.

The Train Station is in the center of the city, near S. Maria Novella place. In this place there are many bus stops of the ATAF bus Lines. A lot of them crosses the center in all directions, and many ATAF bus lines stop around the station and their location and destination is shown in the following picture. For detailed bus stops location and time table, ATAF on Line.
links: firenzesantamarianovella.it ATAF bus stop: ataf.net

Address: FIRENZE S. MARIA NOVELLA STATION - piazzale della Stazione - 50123 Florence - Italy.

When traveling to Florence, be sure to avoid trains that stop only at the Campo di Marte or Rifredi stations, which are not convenient to the center.

The History
In the panorama of Italian railway stations, Santa Maria Novella station represents one of the most important architectural breakthroughs.
Florence’s first railway station, “Leopolda”, was built in 1844 designed by Robert Stephenson, son of the railway inventor, also being one of Italy’s first, placed outside city walls. The second station was constructed 4 years later, called “Maria Antonia”, it was the first station inside city walls, an important novelty for the time. Of both stations no trace remains today. With the agreement reached between the city council and FS for the construction of the new station, the national architecture contest was set in 1932 for the assignment of works on the travellers building, won by the Toscano group, led by architect Giovanni Michelucci comprising architects Baroni, Berardi, Gamberini, Guarnieri and Lusanna. The new station was opened on October 30th 1935. A great atrium covered by the characteristic glass cascade and a central gallery anticipating in its functions the one found in Rome.
External coverings take on the city’s colours while inside, art works and sculptures by artists Ottone Rosai, Mario Romoli and Attilio Griselli remind of Florence’s cultural heritage.
The new station was built outside Santa Maria Novella church, from which it takes its name. Its a masterpiece of rationalism and one of the most important landmarks in Italy’s modern architecture.

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