Santa Croce - the Temple of Italic Glories

The Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence was a point of attraction already in the XIX century. It is also known as the "Pantheon of Italic Glory". The monumental tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Niccolò Machiavell are the first that come to our attention.

The church itself is rather impressive. The XIX century French writer Stendhal was so overwhelmed with the beauty of his surroundings that it made him feel ill. The Stendhal Syndrome became notorious, after this first instance.

At Santa Croce you will find not only sculptures and tombs but a number of paintings. Giotto worked there, and the two chapels frescoed by him are corner-stones of Italian painting. Agnolo Gaddi frescoed the beautiful Central Chapel with the Stories of the True Cross. He also worked at the Castellani Chapel and left us Episodes of the lives of four saints.

A great variety of art works and styles makes the visit even more interesting, as the pieces are still in the same places they were created for.

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  • What's included :
    • Private tour
    • Professional guide
    What's excluded :
    • Tickets
    • Whisperers
    • Entry/Admission - Basilica of Santa Croce
    • Entry/Admission - Cappella Pazzi
    • Entry/Admission - Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Basilica of Santa Croce, Piazza Santa Croce 16, 50122, Florence Italy

    The most important Franciscan church in Florence is Santa Croce. Inside its impressive walls, this basilica houses a variety of monumental tombs, some of which are masterpieces of Italian Sculpture. They range from the Renaissance to the XIX century and remind us of those commemorated in the "Temple of Italic Glories" (Tempio delle Itale Glorie). Here are the sepulchres of Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Niccolò Machiavelli and Gioacchino Rossini.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Cappella Pazzi, 50122, Florence Italy

    The Pazzi Chapel is the work of Filippo Brunelleschi (the architect of the Duomo cupola). It is a great example of Renaissance architecture.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, Piazza di Santa Croce 16, 50122, Florence Italy

    The museum houses a great number of objects no longer in the church itself, such as paintings by Bronzino, as well as statues and other items.

    Duration: 45 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Piazza di Santa Croce, 15, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please consider that pickup times vary depending on the distance between your hotel and themuseum and could vary from 10 to 40 minutes. Please contact me so we can agree a pickup time.I will meet you at he hotel lobby.
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 1/8/2018 - 12/23/2021
    Saturday:11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Sunday:01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Hand sanitizer and temperature control is provided at the entrance of Florentine museums and churches by the relevant authorities. In case of high temperature the traveler will be refused entrance. Whisperers are mandatory, and will be charged extra.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Irina Willmer

Activity ID: V-28619P5

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