Basilica of Santa Croce

Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence: Hours, Address, Basilica of Santa Croce Reviews: 4.5/5

Basilica of Santa Croce
4.5
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
12:45 PM - 5:45 PM
About
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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< 1 hour
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from A$20.18
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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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TwoNamesTacoma
Tacoma, WA27 contributions
May 2022
Beautiful outside. However, the price to enter was a bit steep and the line too long for our tired bodies. We've been in side dozens of old cathedrals, so we skipped this one. We were there on a Saturday, so it might be less crowed during the week.
Written 14 May 2022
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larryjman
Montreal, Canada215 contributions
Apr. 2022
What a wonderful basilica. Fair warning, it's a fair bit more expensive than most churches at 8 euros. In my experience in Italy, that's quite high and most churches allow you to enter for free and just expect a donation.

HOWEVER, I would argue it's well worth the cost. In fact, I think this church is even better than the most famous one in the city: Santa Maria del Fiore. It's less crowded, better adorned, you have more freedom to wander around the grounds, and you are treated to the tombs of two of the most influential men of their time; Michelangelo and Galileo. In addition, monuments to Machiavelli and Dante.

I found the inside so peaceful. After paying my respects to Michelangelo and Galileo and wandering around the inside, I sat and just watched in the pew. There is a distinct Florentine style to this church, and although I can't quite verbalize what that looks like, you will know it when you see it. There is a minimalism, an expert use of negative space.

Once you are finished in the church you can enter the courtyard that is equally as quaint. There is also a small chapel in the courtyard. Opposite the small gift shop/booth you will find placards discussing the horrible floods that inundated the chapel. There are 3 in particular they discuss, the worst of which was the most recent in 1966. They show you just how high the water got and it was unbelievable to imagine. A particular painting in the chapel, I believe by Vasari, had been utterly ruined by the water damage. They had to put it in storage, but due to the advancement of technology, were able to fix it. It now looks as if new.

Overall, if you are pressed for time I would highly recommend Santa Croce as your choice over Santa Maria del Fiore.
Written 6 May 2022
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Anna C
Karlsfeld, Germany373 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
I was surprised how beautiful it is. All the paintings and graves of the greatest artist and thinkers.
Last supper and tree of life you can see also there
Written 1 May 2022
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Claude M
Vence, France720 contributions
Apr. 2022
I wanted to (re) visit Santa Croce to pay my respects to Galileo. The church is beautifully decorated, and there were markers for other great scientists (Fermi, Marconi), but also Michelangelo, Rossini and of course Dante.

The side chapels presented paintings and a very rich collection. The last room presented the last super by G Vasari, after its restoration from the great flood of 1966.

It definitely is worth a detour.
Written 29 April 2022
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misut1961
Attleboro, MA91 contributions
Apr. 2022
I went here a couple days ago to visit this old church. The church has a pretty front, the inside classic design. Beautiful stained glass at the front was amazing. Nice place to go on a rainy day for sure.
Written 23 April 2022
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Tereza S
Lipnik nad Becvou, Czech Republic6 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Friends
Church full of tombs of famous people (Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini, Machiavelli…), beautiful decorated interior. Better than famous in Duomo. Definitely less crowded.
Entrance cost 8 €. We spent here about 2,5 hours.
Written 18 April 2022
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Madeline
Oxford, UK29 contributions
Apr. 2022
Beautiful, I have seen many churches and this one was gorgeous. The various shrines were excellent and the paintings were beautiful.
Written 17 April 2022
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Costi S
79 contributions
Mar. 2022
Basilica di Santa Croce is the principal Franciscan church in Florence,. It's located in the Piazza di Santa Croce which is a good meeting point in Florence.
The Church is the burial place for many Italians "influencers", such as Michelangelo or Galileo Gelilei
Written 9 April 2022
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,328 contributions
Mar. 2022
Everyone lines up for the Duomo, but no one was at this basilica, which is so much more significant! Michaelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli are buried here, among others, and the artwork and monuments are spectacular. It's definitely worth a visit, and the piazza outside usually has perfomers.
Written 3 April 2022
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Jovita L
Stalham, UK322 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples
Cost us 8 euros each but was worth it, amazing inside and for few other places on the side to check out. Famous Michaelangelo and Galileo tombs are places here
Written 3 April 2022
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Basilica of Santa Croce is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:45 pm - 5:45 pm
  • Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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