The burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, Basilica of 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. Basilica of Santa Croce is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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Duration: 1 hour
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Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
$14 BOOK WITH VIATOR Skip the Line: Santa Croce Basilica Entrance ticket Skip the Line: Santa Croce Basilica Entrance ticket
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
$54 BOOK WITH VIATOR Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce Basilica Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce Basilica
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
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Basilica of Santa Croce reviews
By far the most amazing church in Florence. The spectacular art works and opulent tombs are overwhelming. Not to.mention another brunellechi dome.
By far the most amazing church in Florence. The spectacular art works and opulent tombs are overwhelming. Not to.mention another brunellechi dome. more »
We were attracted to this Basilica when we heard about the people buried here and the memorials. Of particular signifgance are Galileo and Michelangelo, then there is the art from Giotto through many.... more
We were attracted to this Basilica when we heard about the people buried here and the memorials. Of particular signifgance are Galileo and Michelangelo, then there is the art from Giotto through many.... more »
Beautiful church and artwork. I visited at the end of the day and the evening light in the courtyard was so peaceful. They give you a map on entry but I still found it difficult to know what I was looking at. Maybe the audio guide would be a good idea here!
I would call this a must see in Florence. We loved this basilica, and it's beautiful inside and out! It only costs 8 euros per person to get in, and we easily spent an hour admiring the architecture and the tombs (the most famous being Michelangelo and Galileo). There are free maps inside in different languages to help you understand what you're looking at, as well as free toilets. Also, we entered this church with no reservations, we just bought our tickets at the entrance and that was it, quite a nice change of pace compared to everything else in Florence.
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