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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  • This Basilica is full of interesting history. We spent more than two hours here and loved it! See the David in Florence and then come here if you only have time to see two things. The Basilica should ...  more »
  • For me probably the best attraction for value of money. Contains the toombs of Galileo & Michelangelo. Excellent museum.  more »
  • stunnung in a different way than the duomo, there is a sign by Michelangelo's tomb explainng the significance of the design elements. i was surprised to see Galleleo had a tomb here since my understan...  more »
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  • They made me cover my legs and shoulders, yet I saw Italians with shorts and sleeveless tops. And ironic as half of the sculptures and paintings show bare breasts and penis '. I feel I was discriminated against as Italians were allowed to wear short skirts and i was not. Many other churches require this, of all people entering. Not just Americans. Beautiful, but not my favorite experience of Florence
  • It's like the Duomo but less visited. Less people around it and a great place to spend some time just contemplating it. Even if you don't have the intention, you will end up here eventually.
  • Amazing how many beautiful churches exist in Florence; this one is no exceptions. Santa Croce is a bit off the main tourist path so you get some relief from the crowds by visiting this one.
  • My son and I visited this Basilica....we waited for the security guards to unlock the gates. Still use a huge old skeleton key. Once inside you can't take photos. It was very dark. Still remarkable and a gift to visit.
  • Very reasonable price to enter, there are free tours in different languages, impressive church with artworks and architecture, not to mention it's a burial site for so many well-known peoples along the history of Italy.