Work on this beautiful basilica began in 1294, though the facade and bell tower are 19th-century additions. The world's largest Franciscan church, it houses 16 chapels and famous frescoes by Giotto.
On the inside, the church is a classic example of Tuscan Gothic. Take a walk around the immense and lofty interior to spot Michelangelo’s tomb by Vasari, the Giotto frescoes in the Peruzzi Chapel, the Gaddi frescoes, porcelain details by della Robbia, and work by Donatello.
Along with Michelangelo, other famous names buried or commemorated in Santa Croce include the Renaissance architect Alberti, Galileo, Ghiberti, Machiavelli, Marconi, and Dante.
Santa Croce is in the south-eastern section of central Florence, an easy stroll east from Piazza della Signoria.
Tours & Tickets
Discover the highlights of Lecce on a private walking tour with an expert guide. Known as the ‘Florence of the South,’ Lecce is full of beautiful Baroque ... Read more
Location: Lecce, Italy
Duration: Duration is around 3 hours.