Santa Croce Walk, Florence

Santa Croce Walk, Florence
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Santa Croce sits on the southeast fringe of Florence's historic center. It captivates visitors with its old world charm and appeal, and although popular, feels untouched by tourists. Since the Middle Ages the area has been a center for leatherworking, and today you can still see many leather workshops and leather shops in the neighborhood. Many of the leather stores are to be found on the huge piazza, a popular place where locals and visitors come to relax. Browse the stores then relax in a café with a fresh cup of strong coffee. The square also hosts several concerts, markets and festivals throughout the year. Historic charms abound in the neighborhood with ancient buildings and structures. One of the most famous is the Ponte alle Grazie, a bridge that was originally built in 1227. The nine-arched crossing that you see today dates back to rebuilding work in 1345 and it is the oldest and longest bridge in the city. Visit a Gothic masterpiece, the Basilica di Santa Croce. This is the largest Franciscan church in the world and it is filled with artistic treasures. They include altarpieces, frescoes, statues, friezes and carvings on tombs. This beautiful place of worship is also the final resting place of some notable Italians, including Galileo and Michelangelo.

Santa Croce Walk - Route Map

Guide Name: Santa Croce Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Florence
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: Xena
Piazza Nicola Demidoff

1) Piazza Nicola Demidoff

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Piazza dei Mozzi

2) Piazza dei Mozzi

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Chiesa Episcopale

3) Chiesa Episcopale

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Torre degli Alberti

4) Torre degli Alberti

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Corso dei Tintori

5) Corso dei Tintori

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Palazzo Guasconi

6) Palazzo Guasconi

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National Central Library

7) National Central Library

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Santa Croce Square

8) Santa Croce Square

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Santa Croce Square

9) Santa Croce Square

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Santa Croce Square

10) Santa Croce Square

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Piazza dei Ciompi, Loggia del Pesce

11) Piazza dei Ciompi, Loggia del Pesce

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Via Pietrapiana 18, Palazzo Pascolutti Giani

12) Via Pietrapiana 18, Palazzo Pascolutti Giani

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Sant'Ambrogio Church

13) Sant'Ambrogio Church

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Piazza Ghiberti, Sant' Ambrogio Market

14) Piazza Ghiberti, Sant' Ambrogio Market

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Piazza Ghiberti, Sant' Ambrogio Market

15) Piazza Ghiberti, Sant' Ambrogio Market

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