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“Not as magnificent on the Duomo on the outside, but full of treats inside!”

Basilica di Santa Croce
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Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce Basilica
Ranked #9 of 630 things to do in Florence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This is the richest medieval church in Florence, which features frescoes by Giotto, a chapel by Brunelleschi and one of the finest of all early Renaissance tombs.
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“Not as magnificent on the Duomo on the outside, but full of treats inside!”
Reviewed 17 March 2012

We visited Basilica di Santa Croce during our recent trip in Florence (5 Euro per person) which included entrance to the entire church and museum in the back. We loved Santa Croce and felt there was a surprising amount of excellent things to see within this church, making it every bit as good if not better than the famous Duomo, at least as far as what you can see within its wall.

What we liked: The façade of the Santa Croce church is nice but not on the same scale as the façade found at the Duomo. The inside nave area is surprisingly large and surrounded by some very impressive pieces, including the tombs of the great Michelangelo, Galileo, Leonardo Bruni, Dante (monument) among others.

We also liked the high alter piece, although you'll see quite similar pieces elsewhere. We really liked the Donatello Pietra sculture, the pulpit, carved by Benedetto and the bronze statue of St. Francis. Further, there were several chapels that were colorfully frescoed, similar but not as wonderful as the Brancacci Chapel at Santa Maria di Carmine. Nevertheless, they were very beautiful.

Additionally, there is a very good museo (Opera) in Santa Croce with a few very nice pieces, like 12th century crucifix of Cimbaue and the ‘Descent of Christ Into Limbo' by Angelo Bronzino and the 'Deposition From the Cross' by Francesco Salviati.

There is also the historically important Pazzi Chapel, although we actually preferred the smaller, more highly decorated chapels within Santa Croce

Overall, we feel Santa Croce is a real star on the Florence museum and church scene. Located in any other city in the world and this would very well be the most important attraction in the city. However, this if Florence and competition for that honor is as stiff as it comes. Regardless, if we were to create a Top Five list for Florence, this would very well contend for inclusion

Visited February 2012
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“Best church in Florence”
Reviewed 16 March 2012

I love this church because it has the tombs of people I am interested in...michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. Pay for the audio tour so you can learn more at your own pace.

Visited March 2012
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“Would've never known...”
Reviewed 16 March 2012

Very cool church. From the inside, the ceiling looks like an old wooden ship! Also has the International School of Leather attached - got to see some incredible leather works, and even had the tools on display!

Oh, and Michelangelo, Galileo, Dante, and Machiavelli have their tombs there. WOW.

Visited August 2011
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“Truly awe-inspiring”
Reviewed 14 March 2012

The tombs, plaques, and statues are breath-taking.

Visited September 2011
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“A real treasure”
Reviewed 13 March 2012

We missed this the last time around and there is a lot to see in the city's oldest church. Don't miss the leather factory on the back side.

Visited March 2012
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