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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  • So Ugo Foscolo in stepped Graves quoting this beautiful church, one of the greatest performances of the Gothic Florentine and Italian, burial place of famous figures such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Alfieri, Foscolo and Rossini. This is also one of the largest churches of the Franciscans which was built in 1294 by Arnolfo di Cambio. The beautiful façade we see now is realised many years later, initially appeared as San Lorenzo, unfinished, and so he remained for 569 years. In 1863 the architect Niccolo Matas harking back to the facades of Gothic churches of Orvieto and Siena drew this pretty facade. On the left, under the porch from the 14th century, you line up to pay and enter to visit the Interior which is very simple and very large with three naves divided by octagonal columns and wooden ceilings. The 16 chapels were filled over the centuries by priceless works of art. The pure Gothic main chapel built in 1380 by Agnolo Gaddi who made the beautiful stained glass Windows and frescoes. The chapels on the right of that maggiore, Cappella Peruzzi and Bardi Chapel, were frescoed by Giotto between 1320 and 1325. The other two chapels on the right, the Baroncelli Chapel and Chapel Castellani frescoes by Taddeo and Agnolo Gaddi (father and son). Then the Medici Chapel not frescoed but with different works of art hanging on the walls. From here you pass into the sacristy, large, with a beautiful fresco of various artists, Gali, Gaddi and Arentino that represent the life of Jesus. We pass the Rinuccini chapel with frescoes by Giovanni da Milano. Throughout the Church and floors there are countless graves, on the ground there are 276 funeral slabs, most sumptuous tombs are those of Michelangelo and Galileo, the first is Vasari's work and the second is the work of Giovanni Battista Foggini. Lavish the Cenotaph of Dante (empty grave). Exiting on the right you can admire the cloister and the Pazzi Chapel, a masterpiece by Brunelleschi with works of Sangallo, Desiderio da Settignano, Luca della Robbia and Andrea della Robbia. Another cloister on the right of this main is square shaped with a central shaft of Brunelleschi. In the refectory you can admire the beautiful upper room of the Cimabue is a wall completely frescoed by Taddeo Gaddi in 1333, with the crucifixion here is as the tree of life. Always here to see the original bronze statue of St Louis of Toulouse by Donatello. In another room there is to see the altarpiece by Baroncelli.
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  • Burial site of some illustrious Italians Buonarroti, Galileo Galilei, Niccolò Machiavelli, Ugo Foscolo, Gioacchino Rossini. The basilica is a prestigious symbol is Florence. Inside it has an immense artistic heritage
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  • Love this square. Every time I've been during the day there's someone playing music, children playing around and there are benches right across it where you can sit and admire the basilica's beautiful facade. It is also very very pretty inside. There are tours offered or you can just go in at your own pace. Downside is you have to pay to see it as a tourist but at least once its worth it. Also, famous people were buried here like Michelangelo and Galileo Galilei and there's a monument to Dante Alighieri (though his body was never taken back to Florence).
  • We had been to Florence previously, but not to this part of the city. I believe that this basilica is the burial place of Michelangelo or Galileo, or both. Regardless, this is the district to go to for quality leather goods. Shop carefully - there are a number of shops that sell Italian leather, but not high quality. My wife got a quality Peruzzi purse at a fair price. I got 2 belts - not cheap, but very good quality. Look for solid, one-piece, not bonded (glued), with dye through the product. It won't be cheap, but it will last.
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