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“The History in this place should not be missed!”

Basilica di Santa Croce
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Santa Croce Basilica and Opera del Duomo Complex Museum Entrance Tickets
Ranked #9 of 443 things to do in Florence
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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.
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“The History in this place should not be missed!”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

This Basilica was built around 1294 to replace a Church that was on the site
It is the resting place for some of the more well known Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini to name a few.
It is known also as the Temple of the Italian Glories (Tempio dell'Itale Glorie).
As it is not on the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio tourist route it seems to be less crowded around here keeping you personal space "Personal". Entry was around 6 Euro and an audio tour is also available.
The Church and it's treasures were extensively damaged in the 1966 floods. There is a small photo gallery inside showing the extent of the flood waters and the people that came from around the globe to help save the valuables kept in the Church.
Santa Croce was a very worthwhile visit.

Visited July 2013
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“My top favourite church in Italy”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I visited Italy twenty years ago and was quite fond of the Santa Croce church. I visited again in July 2013 with my fourteen year old daughter and was equally impressed. Such a wonderful place to explore! I still think it the church's façade is the most beautiful, outdoing Santa Maria Novella and all the churches in Rome. Only one comes close though... the cathedral in Monreale in Sicily

Visited July 2013
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Florence, Italy
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“Superb experience”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I saw first the Basilica of Santa Croce in the movie " Camera con vista or A room with a view". The main altar of the church has its ongoing restorations. Lots of interesting paintings , sculptures and even the tombstones all over the floor of the Basilica and at the underground crypt.
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Note: Spaghetti or string shirts (sleeveless) for women are prohibited, Bring an extra Bandana or scarps rather than to purchase outside the Basilica.

Visited July 2013
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“beautiful church”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

we did not go inside only viewed the outside of the church. Very majestic and beautiful church. I am hoping that it stays as is for generations to come.

Visited August 2012
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“Interesting Frescoes and Memorials”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Wide open space, with some really interesting memorials to famous people, including Rossini, Marconi and Michaelangelo. The beautifully carved pulpit is well worth seeing, and the frescoes above the altar and in the side chapels are lovely. The visit is extended by going into the museum and cloisters. The entry charge this year was 6 euros, well worth it, but more than the cost stated in the guide books.

Visited June 2013
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