Within the Basilica di Santa Croce grounds, you will find the Cappela dei Pazzi (Pazzi Chapel), which was originally constructed in the 1440-1460s. There is important historical significance to this chapel as the Pazzi family, for whom the chapel was built and financed, was of high importance in Florence at this time, behind only the Medici family.
While interesting historically, the chapel itself is a very plain by Italian standards, which are normally highly ornate and elegantly decorated. Instead the Pazzi Chapel features mostly white walls with only a bit of decoration. We liked the blue ceiling in the porch dome. However, chapel didn’t spark as much interest for us as the fresco filled chapels found within Santa Croce. We much favored the Bardi, Peruzzi , Baroncelli chapels among others for this reason. They were simply nicer to look at.
Overall, you might as well see the Pazzi Chapel when visiting the Basilica di Santa Croce, its history alone makes it worth popping into this one, which is located in the courtyard area. However, there are sixteen chapels in total here, many are beautiful and easy to enjoy, don’t be surprised if you have better memories of one (some) of them after your visit to Santa Croce
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