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Florence, Italy

Basilica di Santa Croce

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Cost: $7.06 USD (6.00 EUR)

Temple of Glories

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.

Utrip Tips

*Combined tickets are €8.50 for Santa Croce and Casa Bounarotti tour, or a €10 "Journey in Art" tour of the restored frescoes to learn more about the church's history. Headsets are €1. *Check out the Scuola del Cuoio (Leather School) where Franciscan Friars craft leather goods located near the north enterance.

Open in Google Maps: Piazza Santa Croce, 16, 50122

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