The basilica, as always, was impressive, but we felt the new (to us at least) audio-visual tour offered really added to our enjoyment!
This basilica was badly damaged during the flood in 1966. There is still evidence of the extensive damage . The basilica is beautiful with its Giotto frescoes, Cimabue's Crucifixion and other works of art by Orcangna and Settignano. The della Robbia ceramic work is beautiful in the Pazzi Chapel, designed by Brunelleschi. When we were there, the sacristy was closed... More
This one crept up on us. The front is beautiful - don't get me wrong. But we almost missed it. Once you're inside, though, it's literally stunning. It's huge, as most of these cathedrals are, but take a long, leisurely stroll around the inside perimeter and consider whose company you're keeping. The list of luminaries is breathtaking, including Galileo, Macchiavelli,... More
My second visit to Florence but my first to Santa Croce. This is not the largest church is Florence, but in my opinion the most magical. I really enjoyed seeing the tombs of Gallileo, Michelangelo, all the stained glass...just stunning. I had the audio guide however next time I would like to have a private guide or tour, there is... More
This place is just amazing. The details inside this place are breathtaking. You can just stand there and stare for hours. I had a great time, the people that worked there were very pleasant.
I can never decide which city I prefer between Florence and Venice. Venice probably wins out simply because of the unique setting but as a student of architectural history, Florence holds a very special place in my heart. The Basilica di Santa Croce is a great example of Italian Gothic mixed with Renaissance decoration internally. The facade is actually 19th... More
The reviews (on this site) were right! this was SO worth a trip. It was much more enjoyable than, say, St. Peters Basilica because there were no crowds and no annoying partitions (crowd control) like in the larger attractions. The art was spectacular and like everyone said, it was fascinating to see where so many famous people were buried, or... More
The church is very beautiful outside! Looks lightweight and small but inside it is huge and tall! And very impressive due to tombs and monuments to most famous persons in the world that were born. lived and created in Florence!One would be amazed, how many!
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