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Piazza Santa Croce

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Piazza Santa Croce
  • (worth a trip)
  • less than 1 km
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  • 3 hours
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A piazza containing the largest Franciscan church in the world

Piazza Santa Croce 50122 Firenze Italy

Piazza Santa Croce is one of the main plazas in the historical area of Florence, it is located almost right next to Piazza della Signoria, and, as all the other plazas, it is dominated by its impressive basilica of the same name.


Basilica de Santa Croce

The largest Franciscan church in the world, built during the 13th century. Inside it is the Tempio dell’Itale Glorie (“Temple of Italian Glories”), which is burial place for famous figures in Italian history such as Micehlangelo, Galileo Galilei, Machiavelli, Rosini, Pier Antonio Micheli, Lorenzo Bartolini, Vittoro Alfieri, Gioachhino Rossini, Luigi Cherubini, and more. The church is notable for its frescoes decorating the sixteen chapels inside the church and the many artworks by Italian artists.


Dante Statue

In the middle of the piazza sits a marble statue dedicated to Dante Alighieri, a famous Italian poet mostly known for its masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, made by Enrico Pazzi.


Palazzo dell’Antella

A palace built during the medieval ages and later enlarged in the 16th century and greatly redecorated (especially its facades) by many artists including Matteo Rosselli, Ottavio Vannini, Domenico Passignano and others and designed by Giulio Parigi.


Its decoration consists of panels with flowers, vegetables, arabesques and the bust of Cosimo II de Medici, one of the former Grand Dukes of Tuscany.