Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence

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The burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, Basilica di Santa Croce holds the tombs of such luminaries as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini. The city's principal and the world's largest Franciscan church, the building was completed in 1385. The site's most notable features are its 16 chapels, many decorated with frescoes painted by Giotto and his pupils. The building's design reflects the austere approach favored by the Franciscans, with the floor plan following the figure of the Tau cross (the shape of the letter T), which was the symbol of St. Francis. The church's main cloister houses a simple, unadorned chapel designed by architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Choose from several guided tour options; advance reservations are required. General admission tickets can be purchased at the onsite ticket office, by phone, or online. A visit to Basilica di Santa Croce represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Florence trip itinerary builder app to plot your vacation.
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  • Gorgeous old cathedral which, incidentally, is the final resting place of Dante Aligheri, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo. Huge statue of Dante in the Piazza outside.  more »
  • The tombs of Galileo Galilei, Machiavelli, Ghiberti, or Angel Miguel are impressive, so it is known as the Temple of the glories of Italy. Close to the Centre
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  • Wonderful Church ... 8 euros the ticket is much, but still ... once in a lifetime you have to see it ... exciting! 6 euro but I refused to give it to him, videoguide really overpriced ...
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  • A magical place with 2 authentic 'Last Supper' murals, including a complete restoration of 1 from a flood. I felt very peaceful here, and not much of a crowd in comparison to Piazza del Duomo. Definitely worth the visit, and highly recommended.
  • A fantastic place. The queue maybe large depending on the time of visit but a must visit for all history and art lovers. You can see how the statue of Dante beside this basilica stands out.
  • A fantastic place to visit. We queued during the lunch break, and got in very quickly once it opened. Being a wet day may have resulted in less people around. Once inside we were greeted with some stunning works and obviously history. By the time we left it had filled up with significantly more people.
  • Chock full of famous florentines. Make sure to go into the galleries to learn about the heroic efforts to save artworks after the 1966 floods.
  • So beautiful! I love coming here for the view and street food as well as shopping. Great tours available. The area is usually crowded and busy, but it's a must see during your trip!

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