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Santa Croce (The Holy Cross)

Discovering the Basilica of the Holy Cross, the “Temple of Italian glories”

The origins of the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Florence date back to the work of St. Francis of Assisi and his followers. Due to the fact that many famous people were buried here, the church is also called the “Temple of Italian glories” as Foscolo wrote in his Sepulchres.


The historic Florentine football “Stadium”

Every year, Piazza di Santa Croce is the setting, transforming itself into a “stadium”, for the historic Florentine football matches. The Calcio Storico Fiorentino (Historic Florentine football) is an event that recalls the deeds and the Weapons of the Republic, when Florence was ruled by its people. This was the period between the end of the 1400s and the beginning of the 1500a, in the approximately 45 years that separate the death of Lorenzo the Magnificent to the moment when Cosimo I Grand Duke of Tuscany came to the throne.

The exterior

For many centuries, the façade remained incomplete and it was only after the middle of the 19th century that the Neo-Gothic façade was completed.
The sides have a succession of triangular tympana and they also have two porticoes. The bell tower only dates back to the 19th century, because the project designed in the 15th century did not lead to any appreciable results.

The interior

The interior of the Basilica of the Holy Cross seems simple yet monumental at the same time with three aisles divided by two rows of large columns with octagonal bases.

The items of greatest value that can be found inside the Basilica are the frescoes in the chapels on the right hand side (the Peruzzi and Bardi chapels), both of which were decorated by Giotto, the Medici chapel, the sacristy and above all there are also the tombs of many prominent personalities.
In fact, among the famous people buried here, we recall: Michelangelo, Galileo, Leon Battista Alberti, Vittorio Alfieri, Ugo Foscolo and Gioachino Rossini.

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Where are our apartments situated?

  • In the 19th century Poggio Imperiale Building overlooking Piazzale Porta Romana in front of the Boboli Gardens and the Medieval city walls
  • In the area above Porta Romana
  • In the San Frediano area, close to Lungarno
  • In the area close to the Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross)
  • In the area near the Duomo (Cathedral)
  • In the area near the Church of Santa Maria Novella
  • In the countryside above Poggio Imperiale, in the Pozzolatico area