Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence

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The burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, Basilica of 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. Basilica of Santa Croce is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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  • The famous dead are buried in this church. Immediately after entering the church, I saw the tomb of Michelangelo Buonarroti on the right, then Gioacchino Rossini, opposite Galilo Galilei. I was...  more »
  • Resting place of the great and the good - it's like taking an entire Italian historical and cultural tour on one little spot. I only wish there was more information available, or I'd prepared...  more »
  • Noteworthy Italian VIPs share this common ground -- Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, etc. It is around the corner from the Jewish synagogue and the duomo. It's 16 chapels are something to...  more »
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  • This is a great church to visit not because of the beautiful cathedral. The church is very typical in Italy. What make this church famous is the most famous people in Florence bury here. It is know as temple glory with many glorious people in one place.The know people in the world who are bury there including great artist Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci
  • Santa Croce is so stunning from the square. It's unique 5 point star on the facade is breathtaking. Definitely a stop on any itinerary. One of the points of interest for is that there are famous Italians buried here (kind of like Westminister Abbey) so be sure to see if someone you admire is laid to rest here. Also before entering check to see if any exhibits are closed as was the case during our visit.
  • Beautiful church and a nice and quiet square where you can sit down to have a drink or relax. It's not crowded at all so a real nice opportunity to get some rest after having walked the entire day. If you don't have a lot of time in Firenze, I would skip it though.
  • The Basilica is beautiful. There is an impressive statue of Dante Alghieri out front that is a must see as well. It is advised to get there early as the lines during the summer are very long. Also, tickets may be hard to get if you do not book them in advance. The piazza is really amazing as well. Also very busy with many fun merchants and plenty of good places to eat.
  • This church is very underrated due to being so close to the Duomo. It has a beautiful exterior that is not very crowded. The steps provide a convenient location to eat food in the shelter of the shade it provides.

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