Completed in 1385, the Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is the final resting place of many of the most celebrated Italians: the tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo, Gentile, Machiavelli, and Foscolo, just to name a few. Because of this, it is also called the Temple of the Italian Glories (Tempio dell'Itale Glorie). The basilica is the largest Franciscan church in the world; legend has it that St. Francis founded it himself. Frescoes by Giotto and his students line many of the sixteen chapels along with works by other famous artists like Donatello and Giorgio Vasari. Visited each year by hundreds of thousands of people, Santa Croce is open to worshipers as well as to those who wish to view the marvels it houses.
Meaning “The Fox and the Grape”, derived from a local fable, this hidden gem is the perfect stop aft... Read more