The CHURCH of SANTA CROCE and the CASA BUONARROTI MUSEUM - 3 hours

The Church of Santa Croce was the Franciscans' answer to their rivals the Dominicans' Church of Santa Maria Novella and it is located on the vast Piazza Santa Croce, one of the oldest and most grandiose squares in Florence.

The interior is also remarkably elegant. Because of the numerous lavish tombs of famous men located throughout the church, Santa Croce has been called the "Pantheon of Italian Glories". Michelangelo Buonarroti, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo' Machiavelli, to name just a few, are all buried here. There are also the many beautifully decorated chapels, the most noteworthy being the Peruzzi and Bardi Chapels frescoed by the great Giotto. Just outside Santa Croce, is one of Brunelleschi's most perfect architectural creations, the Pazzi Chapel.

Also in the Santa Croce neighbourhood is the Casa  Buonarroti. Originally a group of houses bought by Michelangelo in 1508, it was later converted into a museum dedicated to some of the earlier works of this master such as the famous "Battle of the Centaurs".

chiostro santa croce
santa croce view
chiostro santa croce
santa croce view
 

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