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.
* Duration: 3 hours
* Starts: Firenze, Italy
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Historical & Heritage Tours




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.

Itinerary
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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