The heart of the City
Piazza Santa Croce in Florence known to be the pulsating heart of the city. Dominated by the statue of Dante and the beautiful façade of the church. It hosts events of various kinds, and in summer the ” Calcio Storico,” the historical football match. Don’t miss a visit to the Basilica, the largest Franciscan church in the world.
The Basilica also known as ” the Temple of the Italian Glories“. As many important artists, writers, and scientists. Including Michelangelo Buonarroti, Galileo Galilei, Gioachino Rossini, Ugo Foscolo and Leon Battista Alberti are buried here.
Moreover the Monumental Complex includes the Basilica, the Cloisters, the Museum, the magnificent Pazzi chapel. Designed by Brunelleschi, and, in in the refectory, the Last Supper fresco by Taddeo Gaddi and fresco fragments by Andrea Orcagna . To name only a few of the treasures of this “do not miss” destination.
Another picturesque church is the Badia Fiorentina, the oldest monastery in the city (978). Which preserves a masterpiece by Filippino Lippi (Apparition of the Virgin to St. Bernard). Therefore it may be one of the less crowded jewels of Florence.
Some interesting artistic offerings are located in this neighbourhood. Discover Casa Buonarroti(via Ghibellina N. 70), both museum and monument – a place of memory and celebration of the genius of Michelangelo. Considered an imposing Baroque edifice displaying the rich art collection of the family. Also it houses two of Michelangelo’s famous marble reliefs: the Madonna of the Stairs andthe Battle of the Centaurs, both considered to be masterworks of his youth.
Finally in via Santa Margherita, you will find the House Museum of Dante Alighieri, the great poet of the Divine Comedy. Heading towards Piazza Della Signoria, you’ll find the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology, ideal if you are travelling with family but worth your attention in any case.
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