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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
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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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Big basilica downtown, easy walk and easy to get in. Lots to see but not a lot of description and most it only english. a good 1.5 to 2hrs to visit

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Big basilica downtown, easy walk and easy to get in. Lots to see but not a lot of description and most it only english. a good 1.5 to 2hrs to visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Most beautiful church in Florence, definitely better than the Duomo on the inside. Be careful what you wear, because you need to cover your shoulders and knees or you won't get in!

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Adrian, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This Franciscan institution is another on the long list of attractions that should be on your Florence itinerary. This 14th-Century structure is striking in appearance with plenty of beauty to behold on the inside as well. The decorative features and religious artifacts were impressive, as they were in many of Florence's other churches that we visited. However, the most memorable... More 

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Timisoara, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Santa Croce is an amazing church, but it's surprisingly uncrowded. We visited in a busy day in August when there were hundreds of persons queuing for hours at the Dome or at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, but spent no more than 10 minutes queuing for tickets at Santa Croce. This church is full of hidden jams: frescoes by Giotto,... More 

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Caterham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the visit to the Basilica and rated it very highly on the numerous venues we visited during our trip to Tuscany. It is full of history, with toms / memorails to Dante, Michelangelo, Galileo and Rossini! The clisters are are worth walking around and provide a good idea of what the Franciscan monastery was like.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This basilica is absolutely great. It is much larger than it appears from the outside. Even though there is a fee to tour the church it is well worth it. I would have loved to see the houses, but that portion of the church is not available on Sundays. Absolutely majestic.

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Dingli, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Amazing frescoes - some by Giotto, and the burial place of some of the grandest of Italy including Michelangelo, Galileo and Rossini. Don't miss the crucifix of Cimabue which is in the sacristy.

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

With so much to see in Florence we would really recommend you spend time visiting this church. There was only a very small queue which in comparison to the long wait for alot of the other Churches and Museums meant a far more enjoyable experience. The peace and Tranquility gave chance to marvel and catch breath and enjoy this magnificent... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This was our favourite landmark on our trip to Florence. We particularly liked it because it was featured in the classic British film A Room with a View.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

If you only visit one church, and I know that is highly unlikely, make it this one. Truly amazing place.

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Stop and stare at the beauty and symmetry of the Basilica of Santa Croce any time day or night. Unraveling around it are a number of architectural and artistic masterpieces, from the Synagogue to the Central National Library. As a hub for young people, the area gets busy with people who want to have fun: a continuous flow of tourists and locals become animated by songs and dances.
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