FLORENCE — Santa Croce

The Santa Croce district was the home of Florence’s political and economic power. Today it is an area full of inviting bars and restaurants as well as huge palazzi, imposing tower houses and churches.

The sights to visit in this area are:
Basilica di Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce

Basilica di Santa Croce

Basilica di Santa Croce
This church is as famous for its artistic merits as it is for the famous people buried or commemorated here. These include Michelangelo whose tomb you will find between the first and second altar; a cenotaph to the memory of the poet Dante; Machiavelli’s tomb, Galileo Galilei’s tomb and a monument to the composer Rossini. The church contains a number of important artistic pieces including Donatello’s sculpture of L’Annunciazione (Annunciation) and some 2500 square metres of beautiful frescos such as those in the Cappella Castellani by Agnolo Gaddi and the Cappella Baroncelli by Taddeo Gaddi. The interior of this church is massive but you will find it crowded with tour groups so it is best to get here very early or later in the day.
For further information visit the website at: http://www.santacroce.firenze.it/english

Piazza San Croce

Piazza Santa Croce
This is another beautiful Florence piazza. It was originally where public meetings were held but now is home to many souvenir shops. You will find artists trying to sell their creations, street entertainers and lots of tourists.