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Basilica di Santa Croce

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Address: Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39-055-246-6105
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: This is the richest medieval church in Florence, which features frescoes...
This is the richest medieval church in Florence, which features frescoes by Giotto, a chapel by Brunelleschi and one of the finest of all early Renaissance tombs.
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Free English Tour from a Classic Italian!

We were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this church in Florence. The price was only 8 euro (as opposed to the higher prices we paid at museums and churches throughout Italy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this church in Florence. The price was only 8 euro (as opposed to the higher prices we paid at museums and churches throughout Italy), and we would have paid MUCH more. We also received a free English guided tour from Umberto. He mentioned he was a volunteer at the church and offered tours... More 

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Kiln, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

In my travels I find most churches are free to enter but Santa Croce (Holy Cross) in Florence charged a small admission fee which I happily paid. Once inside the beautiful basilica (said to have been founded by St.Francis) I was amazed at the 16 different chapels with murals painted by Giotto (who also painted murals in St. Francis Basilica... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Basilica Santa Croce is an amazing place, where else can you hang out with Michelangelo, Marconi, Gallileo, and a host of other famous folks? Beautiful Architecture, Giotto frescoes, Bruneleschi's Pazzi Chapel, and more.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Visited Santa Croce in the last few days. I'm not a 'believer' but appreciated the designs/artwork/architecture very much. The guided audio tour was bizarre - narrated by Galileo Galilei - in a 'humorous' style. Unfortunately it wasn't very informative. The Piazza in front was absolutely plagued by people selling 'tatt', hawkers, buskers, living statues. Gave me the uncomfortable feeling of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Such a wonderful and rich history to this place. Just quietly contemplating the events of the past 500 years and slowly working around the perimeter was a wonderful experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Good memories and some interesting facts! Really takes your breathe away! The pictures will never do it justice!

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Livingstone, Zambia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The structure is so amazing, so different but beautiful. the main square outside was busy and noisy, yet once inside you could almost touch the peace and quiet. Not enough adjectives to describe this amazing place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is definitely a must see attraction in Florence; it's absolutely breathtaking. No photos you can see from here week possibly do it any type of justice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Very interesting in many ways. It contains the sarcophagus of Donte among other important italian writers and composers. The architecture is splendid.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you only go inside one church whilst you are here let it be this one. You can pay for as many internal inspections as you like but after a while they all start to look the same. Just do this. Watty

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