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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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So much historical significance and such a stunning piece of architecture. Do not miss this if you are in Florence. The area also has great leather stores for shopping.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So much historical significance and such a stunning piece of architecture. Do not miss this if you are in Florence. The area also has great leather stores for shopping.

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This church started out with the simplicity of a Franciscan church and the original paintings are glorious to behold. Over time some of the families placed grandiose items in the church but it does keep to the mostly renaissance and medieval depictures of Christ and the saints. There is wonderful history and the altar with the cross is beautiful. In... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You kind of get "churched out" when you visit Italy, but the Baslica di Santa Croce should be one of the "must sees" if you are in Florence. Seeing the tombs of the likes of Michelangelo and Galileo are worth the price of admission alone!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful and impressive with gorgeous art, stunning courtyards and chapels. Here you see the tombs of famous Italian artists like Gallileo, Michelangelo, Niccolo di Bernardo Machiavelli who was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist and writer. This Basillica reminded me much of the Westminster Abbey in London! It might not have the stunning architecture or vibrant colors of... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Santa Croce in December 2016. This basilica is a shrine to famous Italians including Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini, and Michangelo. Its a wonderful pilgrimage stop for history buffs. It also houses lovely della Robbia glazed terra cotta in the attached cloisters.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't really do my homework on this place prior to visiting Florence. I knew it hosted a few famous graves -- those of Dante and Machiavelli among others -- but I think this isn't the real treasure of the museum. I can see why it's the main advertising place, seeing how Dante and the art of the Renaissance in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

1. Impressive Santa Croce Church 2. Admission: € 6 3. It is the burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, the poet Foscolo, the philosopher Gentile and the composer Rossini, thus it is known also as the Temple of the Italian Glories-CTO (Wikipedia) 4. Minor Basilica

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The art works and architectures are unique. We were there with children age 10 that are used to traveling and seeing art works. Adults should pay attention to children at Santa Croce : there are so many tumbs, impressive statues and large scale painting depicting the limbs, hell, that the children eventhough they were fascinated during the visit, had lots... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss his enormous, art filled church. The resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Canova and many others. The beautiful carved choir and the Cimabue crucifix that was nearly destroyed in the flood 50 years ago are just a few of the treasures. There's a beautiful Renaissance structure just outside to the right of the church.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Santa Croce's insides and ground are beautiful If you have to pick between the main Duomo and Santa Croce go here. It's cheap and it won't disappoint. Dante, Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli are buried here and tombs on the floor are really cool to see. They're decorated much differently from what you're use to seeing in churches.

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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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