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Basilica di Santa Croce

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Address: Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy
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+39 055 246 6105
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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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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I visited mid morning and can honestly say that everything else I've seen on this day has paled in comparison. This has a magnificent neo gothic facade and contains the tombs of... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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I visited mid morning and can honestly say that everything else I've seen on this day has paled in comparison. This has a magnificent neo gothic facade and contains the tombs of Galileo, Dante and Michelangelo to name a few. The sculptures are extraordinarily beautiful, it's almost too much to bare. The frescos and chapels and stunning. This is a... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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The interior of the Basilica was like a breath of fresh air compared with the Duomo's interior. There are beautiful stained glass windows and painted frescos. The Basilica has many rooms and a lovely garden. Unfortunately numerous chapel's were closed but we did see the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo.

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Hollywood, FL
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A beautiful smaller basilica in Florence - special because it is the burial place of the likes of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, the poet Foscolo, the philosopher Gentile and the composer Rossini. This in itself is reason to visit BUT in addition, it is home to Scuola del Cuoio, the Leather School which is home to the largest genuine leather factory... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unlike the countless churches you'll see in Italy, this one is indeed special. It contains the above ground burial crypt of some of the greatest minds of the Renaissance - including Michaelangelo, Galilleo and Rossini. There is also a memorial to Dante, but he is buried elsewhere. However, the 2 figures at his memorial - the 1st with the Italian... More 

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This Basilica is wonderful! The ceiling is breathtaking, the statues, and the stained glasses, just magnificent. Don't miss the Leather School inside, the gardens, the Medici Chapel and the funerary monuments (Galileo, Dante, Michelangelo, Lorenzo Ghiberti and Machiavelli). Tickets (in May/2017) were €8.

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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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Church is lovely, visit the courtyards and all the rooms, there are paintings going back to the early 1300's!

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This church is like most churches in Italy, except that it contains the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli which is very much worth the ticket price. It is humbling to stand in front of these men who provided so much for society. We owe a lot to them and so it was a major highlight to see their monument's... More 

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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We visited Florence with Riviera Travel and this included a short walk and two hour talk by a local guide who was excellent. Right at the end almost as a throw away comment he said that after visiting the Uffuzi if there was one place we absolutely should visit it was the Basilica Santa Croce. Compared with some of the... More 

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Woodridge, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Gorgeous basilica! Enormous as well , with attached museum. Very ornate. Was there when the bell tower tolled- it brought everyone to a standstill. There is also a large Piazza in front of Basilica- lots of activity and shopping. A must see. Within walking distance of everything.

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It is a very simple church and I recommend the visit only for the religious or people with a lot of time in Florence. The best part (but again, just OK) is seeing thr place where Michelangelo, Dante Alighieri and Machiaveli were buried.

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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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