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Basilica di Santa Croce

Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy
+39-055-246-6105
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As featured in 3 days in Florence
Ranked #9 of 220 attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

It houses many famous people's tombs (including Michelangelo) so you need to pay to gain access. Well worth it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The oft overlooked Santa Croce is truly a marvel inside, with a variety of buildings to take in and tombs of some of the big players in Renaissance Italy - not to be missed.

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Santa Croce is a beautiful Basilica with extremely high concentration of famous Florentine names burried or commemorated under one roof. It has a museum / church feel to it and is an excellent way to get close to some of the biggest icons of italian arts and culture

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Barcelona, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

So I was pretty thrilled about visiting this church because Stendhal had almost died of aesthetic pleasure when he was there. But, frankly, after seeing the Duomo, the Baptistry or Siena's cathedral and Museo Civico (yes, I know it's not the same city but they are often compared and only 1h30 away from Florence), it's not something to write home... More

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Montana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We had been in Rome and then Florence for nearly 2 weeks when we toured this basilica and maybe were suffering from touring too many cathedrals but this totally failed to "wow." Yes, there are tombs of famous Italians there and art from the famous as well but there are lots of cathedrals that don't charge 15 euro to tour... More

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Lake Placid, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Santa Croce has a lot going for it. Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini, Machiavelli are all buried here. Some great art work including Giotto. We didn't even make it to the leather school here. My husband enjoyed a Gregorian chant concert here for 1/2 an hour which processed into different rooms.

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Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

If you have any interest at all in literature or art- this is a literal pilgrimage that must be seen. In addition to the beauty of the Basilica itself, within its walls are the tombs of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo (there is a tomb for Dante as well but he is actually buried in his home town of Ravenna). Despite... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Despite the crowds outside the church, it is pretty quiet inside and the queue wasn't long even in August. See the graves of Michelangelo, Macchiavelli, Rossini... and see the inner courtyard.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

basilica di Santa Croce is where you see the spiritual world come to congregate. This church is a wonder.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

What an amazing church to visit while in Florence. Not only in the Basilica beautiful and amazing, the history, and the people buried in the church are fascinating. We spent a lot of time wandering around and looking at all of the memorials of the famous people buried here. I am so glad we made time to walk through this... More

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