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Basilica di Santa Croce

Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy
+39-055-246-6105
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Ranked #9 of 221 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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Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We were so tired, but this is the church to spend time in. We were so glad we took the time to get the tickets, which despite the line, did not take much time. Take the time to see who is buried here. Look up at the ceiling. The stain glass s beautiful. The inside of this Church is much... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a country of churches, but this is special.. It is mostly a museum, with frescoes and statues by assorted painters and sculptors, including familar names from gothic and renaissance periods. In addition, it is the final resting place of many famous names, including Michelangelo, Macchiavelli and Galileo, to name a few. Words are inadequate to convey the treasure... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Amazing place - one discovery after another, particularly the mausoleums all round the edge of the inside of the church. It's further away than some of the main sites, but definitely worth the hike.

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Clutton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The building is very beautiful and worth a visit. The floors within are amazing covered with tombstones most of which are very elaborate and beautiful. The audio guide is advertised outside at €1.50 but at the desk I was told it was €6 and only €1.50 for groups...rather misleading. The alter area is beautiful but most of the church is... More

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is a must see in Florence. Michelangelo is buried here as well as other famous Italian artists. It's quieter and less crowded then the Duomo and the piazza is lovely with great shops.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We decided to visit this super-large Franciscan church because we wanted to see the tombs and memorials mentioned on Trip Advisor by so many other people - and we were not disappointed. I know the list has been mentioned here regularly but to see tombs or memorials to Dante, da Vinci, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Rossini, Marconi, Fermi was stunning (there are... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I love piazza Santa Croce. It's a beautiful church with a rich history. It is definitely worth the trip over. I would also recommend getting a coffee or glass of wine and enjoy people watching.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Not to be too goth, but the coolest thing about Santa Croce was the tombs (Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo...). It doesn't take long to visit, and is a nice little tack-on activity.

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We were 22 and just walk 15 min from center. Huge basilica with entrance just 6 euros. I felt amazing near tomb of Art masters and geniuses like Michelangelo, Dante, Galileo and Frescos by Giotto. You will see Brunelleschi work outside of the basilica. Just there is little map and information and is not enough. Research before.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Seemed quieter than some of the other sites, tomb of Michangelo a must, fantastic altars. The cloisters give welcome shade and you can sit and contemplate the magnificence of what you have just seen.

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