Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Florence

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The burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence 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. Work out when and for how long to visit Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence and other Florence attractions using our handy Florence vacation route planner.
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  • Famous Giotto frescoes and the tombs of the great people of Italy. You will see the famous "crucifixion" Cimabue (1240), which became the symbol of Florence, injured during the tragic flood in 1966 g. can long to contemplate and meditate. This is great.
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  • Very interesting at the entrance we find a volunteer who made us as Guide (free of charge) so that we can better understand what we admired.
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  • With the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli are buried (among others) this is worth visiting.  more »
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  • Very nice architecture with a very subtle mixture of three different tones of marble. Many well known Italian people are buried in there.
  • Great place to visit to witness tombs of famous Florentines. Buy ticket online to save time from standing in long line. Lots to see so give at least one hour or more.
  • A great architectural masterpiece, traditional but also rebellious by its form and colors
  • Large and beautiful church. Lots to see on the inside and the plaza in front is lovely as well.
  • Everything about this church is beautiful- it is in this church that you get to view many of the funerary monuments of many of the Italian greats such a Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli! and each monument is just beautiful. Admire everything, the floors, the walls (the frescoes!), and of course the ceiling. If you visit the official ticketing website 'ticka . santacroceopera . it ' (without spaces) you will see you have either the option of purchasing a ticket with a set date and time, or one that allows flexibility. As expected, the more flexible ticket is a little more expensive. Do not panic (like me) and think you will not be able to visit all that is listed on the admission ticket- while it may seem a lot of places, you will find everything is interlinked with one another. You are also able to purchase tickets on the day- look for the statue of Dante, behind that is the entrance to the church. Remember as you are entering a church to wear appropriate clothing (not too much leg, arms etc.) you will be checked before you go in.