Piazza Santa Croce

Piazza Santa Croce, Florence: Address, Piazza Santa Croce Reviews: 4.5/5

Piazza Santa Croce
4.5
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Neighbourhood: Santa Croce
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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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,582 contributions
Just extraordinary
Jan 2020 • Solo
This square gets it name because the Santa Croce Basilica is located here. It's a beautiful, lively square. Like all the other popular squares in Florence , this one attracts many tourists and is a very popular spot just chilling our and enjoying the ambience of the peaceful square and city.
Written 15 June 2020
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silverbrook
London, Canada4,881 contributions
Lovely square
Sep 2019
Piazza Santa Croce is one of the main squares in Florence and gets its name from the famous Basilica di Santa Croce, one of the largest Franciscan churches in Italy. Interesting and beautiful buildings surround the square and right beside the basilica is a statue of Dante. A crazy competitive game, called Florentine Calcio Storico is still played in the square and is a combination of rugby, wrestling, boxing and football. If there is nothing officially happening in the square, you can still find some cafes and shops around or in the very near vicinity.
Written 31 March 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,470 contributions
Beautiful Square
Jan 2020
Piazza Santa Croce gets its name from the basilica of the same name, one of the biggest Franciscan churches in Italy, famous not only for housing frescoes by Giotto, the sculptures of Benedetto da Maiano, Desiderio da Settignano and Canova, but also for being the burial place of well-known people such as Galilei, Foscolo, Michelangelo and Machiavelli, becoming a symbol of the homeland even before Italy was unified. Basilica of Santa Croce is magnificent, beautiful and dominant to us. In front of Basilica is a beautiful statue of Dante Alighieri by Enrico Pazzi, sculpted in 1865 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Dante's birth. Still in my mind is a magnificent recitation of Dante's Divine Comedy performed by the inimitable Roberto Benigni from this place. The square is rich in beautiful palaces which are characterized by protruding planes supported by supports called sports on the southern side. One that stands out is the Palazzo Cocchi-Serristori, facing the basilica and the product of various reworks over the years, thought to be the work of Giuliano da Sandallo, the trusted architect of Lorenzo the Magnificent. On the south side of the piazza stands the Palazzo dell'Antella, with a lively façade embellished with several paintings, depicting allegorical figures, cherubs, foliage, flowers and arabesques, which are set around a bust of Cosimo II de 'Medici. Particularly interesting, on the fourth tile from the left, is a copy of the sleeping Amorino by Caravaggio. Given its large size and standard shape, the piazza became the perfect place to hold popular competitions during the Renaissance, such as the Florentine Calcio Storico which is still played here today.
Written 19 March 2020
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michaelbY1751TV
5 contributions
Vacation
Oct 2019 • Couples
Beautiful city, very crowded even in off season, worth the visit. We traveled with Viking ocean cruise this time, suite was excellent, food ,wine and tours are not close to Azamara . We have traveled with Azamra on a similar itinerary their tours , food and wine selection definitely superior to Viking
Written 31 January 2020
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Steve C
Annapolis, MD656 contributions
Come One, Come All
May 2019
Our next stop was the Santa Croce Church, dating back to 1230, and which supposedly used to house a small piece of the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. The legends of the cross go back to Emperor Constantine’s mother who traveled to the Holy Land in search of the Jesus cross. She was, of course, sold some bogus chunks of wood by some shady Middle Eastern shysters. Thinking it was the real thing, she proudly took the wood home and then dispensed the holy offerings to churches all around Europe. As the circus showman P.T. Barnum once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.“

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Written 10 January 2020
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Dane L
Gladewater, TX3 contributions
Beyond Words!!
Dec 2019
Make time to visit when you are in Florence! Old world European charm, and the Christmas season is very special because of the market with locals.
Written 30 December 2019
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Patrick C
London, UK42 contributions
Fascinating history, both Italian and global
Dec 2019 • Solo
I visited Santa Croce on a solo trip to Florence. The Franciscan cathedral, while smaller than its more celebrated counterpart up the road and lacking the magnificence of the famous dome, is built in the same Florentine style. The interior however contains remarkable sites including the tombs of Galileo, Machiavelli, and Michelangelo, as well as artistic treasures from the likes of Donatello and the predecessor to the Statue of Liberty. Well worth a day‘s visit.
Written 19 December 2019
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,381 contributions
Large square outside the magnificent Santa Croce
Oct 2019
This is a rather large square outside Santa Croce with restaurants shops and a number of kiosks selling souvenirs.
Written 14 December 2019
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Gluten Free Passport
Geelong & Bellarine, Australia208 contributions
Christmas marjet
Nov 2019 • Friends
Lovely view of the church and there is even a Christmas market at this time of the year. We had a delicious hot chocolate and pomegranate mulled wine. We weren’t even put off by the rain!
Written 27 November 2019
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Chatty423
Milwaukee, WI6 contributions
Best piazza in Florence!
Nov 2019
This piazza starts with the beautiful basilica, Santa Croce. This is a must see stop in Florence! Santa Croce is filled with history from Michelangelo’s tomb, Galileo’s tomb, and many beautiful paintings. The church is gorgeous.

Walk out into the piazza and there are many vendors, shops and restaurants. From t-shirts and magnets to leather goods and beautiful jewelry, all vendors are open to negotiating their prices in order to obtain your business. We did most of our shopping here since it is comfortable and enjoyable.

We went to three restaurants in this piazza and all were excellent! The gelato across the road from Santa Croce is the best!
Written 15 November 2019
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