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: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Author: greghasleft
Pazzi Chapel

1) Pazzi Chapel

Florence is the heart and soul of the Renaissance and the Pazzi Chapel is considered to be the epitome of Renaissance architecture. In a period surrounded with the elegant and predominant buildings of Gothic style architecture, the Pazzi Chapel comes as a wave of freshness introducing the immergence of the upcoming Renaissance style of buildings.

History has it that the Renaissance style in architecture was first developed in Florence. Typically for Renaissance architecture, the emphasis is...   view more
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Basilica di Santa Croce

2) Basilica di Santa Croce (must see)

The Basilica di Santa Croce is one of the most famous and the largest Francescan churches in the world. Built between the 13th and 14th century, the church flaunts a rich Gothic style of architecture. Also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories, the Basilica is the burial place of Italy’s most recognized, such as – Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo and Rossini. The construction of the present building started in 1294 to replace an older building. Taken care of by some of the...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Bruno and Jacopo Lastrucci workshop

3) Bruno and Jacopo Lastrucci workshop

What to buy here: Florentine Mosaic Tiles.

Florentine mosaic history is fascinating and the Lastrucci family is part of it. Usually when you think of a mosaic, a combination of tiles of various colors, generally square, forming a figure is what comes to mind. The most classic examples of this are the floors of Roman villas and Byzantine mosaics. Florentine mosaic differs greatly from these beautiful forms of decoration, taking on the characteristics of a “painting in stone”. This is a...   view more
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La Bottega del Cioccolato

4) La Bottega del Cioccolato

What to buy here: Bianchini Chocolates.

Chocolate in Florence is synonymous with Andrea Bianchini. His chocolate workshop (La Bottega del Cioccolato, in Via De’ Macci, 50) makes some of the finest chocolate seductions in town. Amongst his pralines the “dark chocolate and saffron” one has literally conquered the most delicate palates: just give it a single bite and you’ll immediately find yourself addicted. Other specialties include the “olive oil and vanilla” praline and the...   view more
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Casa Buonarroti

5) Casa Buonarroti

The present day building of Casa Buonarroti was once the property of Michelangelo Buonarroti. The building was inherited by his nephew, Lionardo, after his death. However it was Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger, the great nephew of the artist, who converted the house into a museum in honour of his grand uncle. Michelangelo the Younger was so devoted to his great uncle and his work that he hired artists to adorn the place with paintings and frescos. Today, not only is it a museum to display...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Mercato delle Pulci

6) Mercato delle Pulci

Open the last Sunday of every month, Mercato delle Pulci offers vintage, antiques, and art lovers an exciting opportunity for treasure hunting. The market is situated in Florence's Piazza dei Ciompi, and here you can find a large assortment of high-quality antiques, furniture, prints, coins, jewelry, lamps, tea sets, cutlery, clothing, accessories, stamps, and more.

Operation Hours: Daily, from 9 am to 7.30 pm; on the last Sunday of each month - the venue is...   view more
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National Archaeological Museum

7) National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum of Florence is located at 1 piazza Santissima Annunziata, in the Palazzo della Crocetta (a palace built in 1620 for princess Maria Maddalena de' Medici, daughter of Ferdinand I de Medici, by Giulio Parigi).

The museum was inaugurated in the presence of king Victor Emmanuel II in 1870 in the buildings of the Cenacolo di Fuligno on via Faenza. At that time it only comprised Etruscan and Roman remains. As the collections grew, a new site soon became...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia

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