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Basilica di Santa Croce

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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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Great Area outside and beautiful church

I have seen a lot of churches whilst in Europe and they are all nice and similar. This one is great as it also houses the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have seen a lot of churches whilst in Europe and they are all nice and similar. This one is great as it also houses the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We happened upon Santa Croce and were amazed by the beautiful alter. The most stunning our group has seen in Italy. I particularly enjoyed the smaller church at the end of the museum-outside in the garden area. The painting on the wall is exquisite. Be sure to visit the leather school while you are here.

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This attraction was not in our agenda. We actually visited Santa Croce area to do some shopping of leather goods, as advised by our tour guide to Tuscany. But the Basilica looked attractive and a reference to " Lonely Planet" encouraged me to enter it after paying a fee of 8 euros(the ticket office is at the side, no long... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 1 week ago

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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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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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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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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