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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  • Well worth visiting as many famous people have their tombs in the church and the cloisters are so tranquil and peaceful. Also some interesting artefacts on view.  more »
  • Big church is the Church of Santa Croce. On the wall of the Church in many old celebrity graves. It was also carved onto the floor of the Church seems to be someone's grave. Michelangelo's tomb is currently under renovation with the turret was made. There is a large mural painted by Taddeo Gaddi Galileo, Dante, was the refectory. The "tree of life" and "the last supper" is famous. Florence "last supper" is depicted by the painter are five (six Church), but is likely the oldest Gaddis's "last supper". Florence all the "last supper", Zhou thought in up to four locations, but time has been abandoned.
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  • Must visit Santa Croce as Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini, Machiavelli and many other great Florentines are buried here. The tombs are amazing. There are frescoes by Giotto and the “peasant” Christ by ...  more »
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  • I was BLOWN away by this stunning basilica. Every little thing was so detailed and thought out. We went in with a tour group and it was not too crowded inside. To see the resting places of Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Dante was an experience that is every bit beyond words. Do not pass this up!
  • One of the must see landmarks in Florence. Like for any churches in Italy, it’s important to cover yourself (shoulders, legs...). Best to buy a fast pass on line before going there to avoid massive queues and waiting time; especially if you are only there for a few days.
  • One of many places in Florence to take a shot. Nice plaza and grand cathedral with a lot of beautiful architectural elements. Crown people here sometimes , beware your belonging all the time. Anyway it's worth to walk around, atmosphere and surroundings are lovely.
  • Definitely worth the entry price. It includes many chapels and gardens not to mention ornate tombs of some of the most important people from Florence. We spent 2 hours here and could have spent even more time in the gardens. 10/10 would recommend
  • The largest Franciscan church on the world, and an important landmark of Florence. I didn't enter because of the entry fee, but thinking back maybe I should. Notable people from Florence are buried here.
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