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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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Nice place to visit, it is much bigger than it looks with several areas off the main nave so allow some extra time. It's also attached to the famous leather school, so stop in... read more

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The basilica is magnificent although overshadowed by the huge cathedral 10 minutes down the road. The Christmas market outside was amazing though

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice place to visit, it is much bigger than it looks with several areas off the main nave so allow some extra time. It's also attached to the famous leather school, so stop in there. If you want to see the graves of Michelangelo and Dante then it's absolutely worth the 8 euro entry.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I walked thru in awe. The dome for one, the tombs and memorials of some of the greats : Galileo, Machiavelli, Dante, Fermi, and others. Avoid the crowds, go as early as possible.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a must see experience being just opposite our hotel. The church and surrounding buildings are beautifully presented. Especially liked the story boards about the floods

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sarasota, florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Santa Croce is an amazing church. Some of the great churches in Florence are great but not spectacular. Santa Croce is just that. It's a beautiful and enormous church and to the side is the amazing Pazzi Chapel. I recommend a visit there.

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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So beautiful inside and out, well worth visiting for the amazing architecture and tombs. November was a perfect time to travel, great weather, low crowds. We didn't have to wait.

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March, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another beautiful building which unfortunately we could not enter , but still lovely to look at & admire

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This large church and its attendant cloisters and chapels was once an important place for Christians from all over, but is now mostly a cultural artifact with the odd Mass. The architecture is impressive, the scale of the whole complex great, and the tombs and monuments to many of Italy's most important cultural heroes quite interesting. Santa Croce is in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It always amazes me that a small city such as Florence could produce so many world class minds: Michelangelo, Gallileo, Machiavelli, Dante, etc. One of my standard reasons for every visit is to say a brief prayer of thanks for these men. By the way, after you have finished looking at the tombs, you can go see the adjacent Pazzi... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are lots of churches in Italy but this is a must see. The Renaissance glitterati are all buried here: Michelangelo, Gallileo, Machiavelli, Dante, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and Rossini! Art work inside is amazing.

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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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