Santa Croce Walk, Florence

Santa Croce Walk, Florence
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Santa Croce is a southeast quarter of the Florence historic center. It was established in the Middle Ages outside the second set of medieval city walls. Today it is a wonderful neighborhood, full of historic sites and attractions. The centerpiece of the quarter is of course Basilica di Santa Croce, built between the 13th and 14th century. Take this one hour tour to enjoy what Santa Croce is to offer.

Santa Croce Walk - Route Map

Guide Name: Santa Croce Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Florence
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: greghasleft
Florence Cathedral

1) Florence Cathedral (must see)

Overlooking the city of Florence is the beautiful Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. The dome of the Basilica is famously the largest brick dome in the world. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, which roughly translates to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, is dedicated to Madonna or The Virgin Mary. The magnificent cathedral is noted for housing Domenico di Michelino's painting, Dante and the Divine Comedy, portraying Dante illuminating Florence with his famous poem. The...   view more
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Casa di Dante

2) Casa di Dante (must see)

Set in the heart of medieval Florence, presently the area between the Church of Saint Martino and Piazza dei Donati, is the Casa di Dante or the House/Museum of Dante. The building, though erected in the twentieth century, is believed to be seated on the birth place of one of the most cherished poets in Italian history- Dante Alighieri.

After a series of archaeological studies done on the site, historians concluded that the area, on which the building now stands, was the birth place of...   view more
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Bargello

3) Bargello (must see)

Florence is not only the paradise for architectural enthusiasts, but is also the haven for art lovers and the Bargello Museum is a perfect blend of both. With an exterior of a fortress, the Bargello Museum houses some of the most important pieces of Renaissance sculptures and work of art. The Bargello Museum, located in the Palazzo del Popolo, is one of the oldest structures in the city of Florence and dates back to 1255. Throughout history, the building has served as a fortress, a Palace, a...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Complesso di San Firenze

4) Complesso di San Firenze

Fathers of the Oratorian order always had big plans for this small parish of San Firenze, which was started in 1174. To the parish, they wanted to add a convent, an oratory and a Church dedicated to St. Philip Neri, founder of the order. With passing time, architects changed and so did the designs. However, the limited availability of funds remained a major concern for the extravagant designs of the parish. Finally, in 1667 Francesco Silvani started work on the church. After his death,...   view more
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Piazza della Signoria

5) Piazza della Signoria (must see)

Piazza della Signoria is an L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. It was named after the Palazzo della Signoria, also called Palazzo Vecchio. It is the focal point of the origin and of the history of the Florentine Republic and still maintains its reputation as the political hub of the city. The square features many statues by Giambologna, Donatello, Bandinelli and a copy of the Michelangelo's David.

The piazza was already a central square in the original Roman...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Palazzo Vecchio

6) Palazzo Vecchio (must see)

The Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence. This massive, Romanesque, crenellated fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany. Although most of the Palazzo Vecchio is now a museum, it remains the symbol of local government: since 1872 it has housed the office of the mayor of Florence, and it is the seat of the City Council. At the end of the hall is situated a small sideroom without windows. This masterpiece, the Studiolo of Francesco I was also designed by Vasari in...   view more
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Uffizi

7) Uffizi (must see)

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world. It is housed in the Palazzo degli Uffizi, a palazzo in Florence. Building of the palace was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates — hence the name "uffizi" ("offices"). Construction was continued to Vasari's design by Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Buontalenti and ended in 1581. Today the Uffizi is one of the most...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Palazzo Pitti

8) Palazzo Pitti (must see)

Luca Pitti, a famous banker of Florence, commissioned the construction of this palace for his residence in 1458. However, when he died, the construction had not been completed yet. Financial issues forced Pitti descendants to sell this building to Eleonora Medici, the wife of Cosimo de’Medici, who moved in later that year from Palazzo Vecchio, the Medicis' then residence. A private corridor was then built between the two buildings for the privacy of the house residents.

Ammanatti was...   view more
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Giardino di Boboli

9) Giardino di Boboli (must see)

The Giardino di Boboli or the Boboli Garden is one of the most elegant gardens in Florence. Situated just behind the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens is said to be the first few gardens that were built in the sixteenth century. The gardens were built for the wife of Cosimo I de' Medici, Eleonora di Toledo.

The Boboli Gardens have had many renowned art names of the sixteenth century working on it. Niccolo Tribolo worked on it till his death in 1550. The work was later taken over by...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Forte di Belvedere

10) Forte di Belvedere

The Forte di Belvedere or Fortezza di Santa Maria in San Giorgio del Belvedere is a fortification in Florence. It was built by Grand Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici during the period 1590–1595, with Bernardo Buontalenti as the designer, to protect the city and its rule by the Medici family. In particular, it was used to hold the Medici treasury. The design and construction of the Fort were entrusted to architect Bernardo Buontalenti, the chief architect for both Cosimo I and his son,...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Piazzale Michelangelo

11) Piazzale Michelangelo (must see)

Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square) is a famous square with a magnificent panoramic view of Florence, and is a popular tourist destination in the Oltrarno district of the city. The famous view from this observation point overlooking the city has been reproduced on countless postcards and snapshots over the years.

It was built in 1869 and designed by architect Giuseppe Poggi on a hill just south of the historic center, during the redevelopment of the left bank of the Arno (the South...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia

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