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.
Tours to Basilica di Santa Croce
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Basilica di Santa Croce Reviews
Many famous people are buried in this beautiful Basilica including Michaelangelo, Galileo. Lots of things to see in Florence but this is definitely one to tick off the list and well worth a visit. more »
Really lovely interior. You can get a free guided tour in English inside. Great history and many famous people are buried inside. The exhibition of the floods proved disappointing more »
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.
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