Today, 800 years later, the Dominicans continue their mission to preach the Gospel in Santa Maria Novella

Find out how to participate in the liturgical life of Santa Maria Novella


Period Mass times
from October to March

Monday - Saturday: 7.30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10.30 a.m. - 12 a.m.- 6 p.m.

from April to June

Monday-Friday: 7.30 a.m. - 6.15 p.m.
Saturday: 7.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10.30 a.m. - 12 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 from July to September Monday-Friday: 7.30 a.m. - 6.15 p.m.
Saturday: 7.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Period Confession times
During the year

Half an hour before each Mass except on weekday mornings
(or every day by appointment)

The basilica is accessed from Piazza Santa Maria Novella

On Sunday morning the basilica opens half an hour before the start of the Holy Mass at 10.30 a.m., that is at 10 a.m.

The Pura Chapel


Personal prayer times

All year round

8.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Access to the Pura Chapel is through the basilica (entrance in Piazza S. Maria Novella)   

Religious groups - Luggage requirements

Generally suitcases are not allowed in the complex. Religious groups that wish to participate in Holy Mass can contact the parish priest to have their luggage stored.

Religious holidays - Holy Mass and Confession

Holidays such as 1 January (Mary Mother of God), 6 January (Epiphany of Our Lord), 15 August (the Assumption of Our Lady), 1 November (All Saints’), 8 December (the Immaculate Conception) and 25 December (Christmas Day) follow the regular Sunday schedule.

Important information regarding other special celebrations in Santa Maria Novella:

Days Mass times

October 18th Saint Luke
Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent)
May 24th Saint Dominic of Guzman

Holy Mass - 6 p.m.

Holy Thursday (before Easter)

Holy Mass of Our Lord’s Supper - 6 p.m

Good Friday (before Easter)

Celebration of the Passion of Our Lord - 6 p.m

Holy Saturday (before Easter)

Personal prayer from 8 a.m.

December 24th Christmas Eve

Holy Mass - 10 p.m.

Easter Vigil (Saturday before Easter)

Holy Mass - 11.45 p.m.

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