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Basilica di Santa Croce

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Address: Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39-055-246-6105
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

This is the richest medieval church in Florence, which features frescoes by...

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.

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Don't skip all the nook and crannies in all the rooms off to the side

Every inch of this cathedral is magnificent. Take your time and peak into every room off to the side. Gorgeous artwork awaits. Notice the mosaic floors. Find Michelangelo's... read more

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Every inch of this cathedral is magnificent. Take your time and peak into every room off to the side. Gorgeous artwork awaits. Notice the mosaic floors. Find Michelangelo's and Galileo's tombs. Notice the 6-pointed Jewish stars on the facade of the building and inside on the head of one of the statues. I'm guessing the architect was Jewish and he... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a lovely church.... And the history associated with it is amazing. Michelangelo, Gallileo, as Vinci and Machiavelli are all entombed there. No long, long lines as with the duomo

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Santa Croce is an interesting basilica for its architecture and for its three most famous tombs: buried here are Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. It often gets overlooked by the Duomo, but this basilica stands on its own. We recommend pairing this with the Accademia, going here first and then going to Accademia with pre-purchased, time-entry tickets.

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A fantastic collection to see of art and tombs of Renaissance names Michaelangelo,Galileo and more. A much nicer place to visit than the Duomo.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful church with outstanding sculpture and art. Imagine standing with tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo on either side---take time to ponder the meaning of their lives. And Machiavelli, whose tomb is also nearby. Interesting info on great flood of 1966 as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is better than any pantheon, each tomb is different but exquisite. Interesting from historical point as well as artistic. Also in a lovely local area full of atmsphere

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the main Basilicas you will see in Florence. Need to see, many well known Italians artists are burried there. There area around is also nice!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This church/museum includes a treasure trove of art and the tombs of Michaelangelo, Macchiavelli, Galileo, Fermi and more. Also, of interest was an exhibition of the 50 year anniversary of the great flood of 1966. The Cimmabue (that became a symbol of the efforts to recover from the 1996 flood) is now in the refectory.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very interesting and had a great many tombs of well-known Renaissance names such as Machiavelli, Gallileo and Michelangelo. There was lots to see here and although it's not as ornate as some of the main Florentine basilicas, it's definitely one of my favourites. Well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

From the outside this church is not so impressive as the duomo but the inside is much brighter with much more to see and less quieing then for the domo. check it out

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Stop and stare at the beauty and symmetry of the Basilica of Santa Croce any time day or night. Unraveling around it are a number of architectural and artistic masterpieces, from the Synagogue to the Central National Library. As a hub for young people, the area gets busy with people who want to have fun: a continuous flow of tourists and locals become animated by songs and dances.
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