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“One of My Favorites” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica di Santa Croce

Basilica di Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy
+39-055-246-6105
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Ranked #10 of 220 Attractions in Florence
Type: Religious Sites, Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Museums
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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.
Schriever, Louisiana
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“One of My Favorites”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is probably my favorite of all Italy's churches. It isn't the biggest, or the grandest, but it is the home of the tombs of some of Italy's greatest talents - Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini. In front of the Basilica is a wonderful Piazza, with some of the best jewelry shops in Florence. I never miss a chance to visit here.

Visited March 2013
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“Scaffolding”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The altar area has scaffolding. Not worth your visit if you are limited on time. It's the oldest church in Florence, so the frescos are old. This will give you a sense of Michelangelo walking the halls of this church since it existed during his time.

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

this church is very large. the best art is the floor mosaics and ceiling. Sad to see our decadent the church was, but glad it is open to the public at no charge.

Visited March 2013
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“Must Go Inside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This church is Italy's equivalent to Westminster Abbey. It will get to you....Galileo, Michelangelo, Dante, Rossini, etc.. all together in one place. Wow. Then, there is the incredible artwork, the museum, the beautiful cloisters, the graveyard, and the leather school (you can watch them work). It was also interesting to read about and see pictures of the great 1966 flood of Florence. It's not crowded either. Best 6 euro we spent on our trip.

Visited March 2013
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“Overwhelming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Beautiful church, Basilica di Santa Croce lodges the tombs of some of the greatest italians. I was impressed especially by Galileo Galilei and Michelangelo.

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