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“Beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica di Santa Croce

Basilica di Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy (Santa Croce)
+39-055-246-6105
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$59*
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Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #9 of 351 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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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 Renaissance tombs.
London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

It's quite an experience to stand in front of the tombs of Galileo, Rossini, Machiavelli and Michaelangelo, and Dante's cenotaph. To be able to do this all under the same roof is super impressive.

The church is beautiful, quite simple in places but impressive nonetheless. There is a simple Medici chapel inside, and The grounds are also really quite lovely and peaceful, on a quiet afternoon it's possible to have the outside cloisters completely to yourself. Entry is not free, but is included with the Firenze card. A lovely place to spend a couple of hours.

Visited February 2013
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Matosinhos, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Lovely!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Most part of the churches you can visit without paying by entering through the prayers zone.
Though I really recommend getting into this one "for real", because it's really beautiful. It's not very worked up, it's very ample and simple and it has some funerary monuments (also in an underground corridor, but it's very beautiful).
The back yard is also very beautiful (make sure to go there on a sunny day), and you also have access to a museum (nothing of amazing) and to a chapel.
I recommend it strongly!

Visited February 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Visit Michelangelo in person”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Santa Croce housed, among others, Michelangelo's tomb. On the exterior, Santa Croce is beautiful but not as beautiful as the Florence Duomo. Interior, however is more interesting. Entrance is not free. Rent the self guide tour device for a more informative visit. If time permits, It is a site worth visiting

Visited June 2012
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Holbrook, New York
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“Amazing.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

The basilica was amazing. My parents and I went there on a trip to Italy seven years ago and it was just amazing to see the resisting places of Michelangelo and Galileo even though it was under renovation. A must see.

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Calgary, Canada
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“Under maintenance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

It is a great place to visit, ticket for 6 Euros. And it includes the tombs of famous Michelanglo, Galilio, Dante... etc.
Yet, the time we went in February, the church is under maintenance, and most of the paintings are covered with construction metals :( That was disappointing! Maybe the are preparing it for the high-tourism season of the summer.

Visited February 2013
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