Santa Croce Basilica
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.
Came across as a best alternative to check out Florence in a day.
3 hours drive with a stop over for bio-break, a visit to museum, basilica's, squares , try out some local dishes, personal space and personal time for shopping all under the guidance of a geo-friendly guide.
Review by Anonymous, August 2007
Doing what: Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour
Santa Croce is in the south-eastern section of central Florence, an easy stroll east from Piazza della Signoria.