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Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence

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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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  • We had an English speaking guide, Dan Harper, who is extremely knowledgeable, engaging, and captivating. He brought the church and its history to life- in a way that no other guide whom I’ve ever... 
    We had an English speaking guide, Dan Harper, who is extremely knowledgeable, engaging, and captivating. He brought the church and its history to life- in a way that no other guide whom I’ve ever...  more »
  • Italy was brought to life, especially Florence, in the hands of a English speaking guide. Dan Harper guided us through this monument of Florentine history. He brought the experience to life, and it.....  more
    Italy was brought to life, especially Florence, in the hands of a English speaking guide. Dan Harper guided us through this monument of Florentine history. He brought the experience to life, and it.....  more »
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  • 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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