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“Beautiful, unusual church” 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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Recommended
$59*
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Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #9 of 352 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.
Pelham, New York
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Beautiful, unusual church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

A medieval church in Renaissance Florence, this is a beautiful church to visit. Many of Italy's great men are buried here. Take a walk through and be transported to another time and place. Very special.

Visited March 2013
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Schriever, Louisiana
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“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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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“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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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“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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Montana Rose
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 358 helpful votes
“Must Go Inside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 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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