Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce

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Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce

Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce
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A massive Gothic church housing the remains of some of the biggest names in European history, from Michelangelo to Galileo.
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Neighbourhood: Santa Croce
Stop and stare at the beauty and symmetry of the Basilica of Santa Croce any time day or night. Unraveling around it are a number of architectural and artistic masterpieces, from the Synagogue to the Central National Library. As a hub for young people, the area gets busy with people who want to have fun: a continuous flow of tourists and locals become animated by songs and dances.
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Rebecca O
Ridgewood, NY1,417 contributions
RIP
Aug 2020
This is a must see to see where some greats are laid to rest. It was a little further out but we’ll worth the visit.
Written 5 July 2021
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,374 contributions
Sculptures, Paintings and Church History
Feb 2020 • Solo
In conjunction with the adjoining Basilica, this museum is chock full of art. What I found most interesting was the history of the 1966 flood and the video showing the restoration of many of the damaged pieces from within the church. The hydraulic system that is attached to The Last Supper to lift it in case of another flood is fascinating. The cloisters houses some impressive and important sculptures and the leather workshop is worth a look as the items for sale seem quite lovely.
Written 18 February 2020
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Annette M
Salt Lake City, UT114 contributions
Beautiful church & burial site of many historical figures
Jan 2019 • Couples
We loved the artwork in this beautiful church. There is a Who's Who of amazing crypts from Galileo, Michelangelo, Florence Nightingale to other prominent historical figures. This area has been flooded in the past, they have markers on how hight the water came so it is amazing that they have saved these works of art. They have interesting early Christian artifacts as well.
Written 19 April 2019
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ianx17489
Inverurie, UK706 contributions
Stunning, this should be at the top of your sights to see. Wonderful
Apr 2019 • Couples
After the Domo, this was a huge surprise and much, much better than the Domo. !!
We were told it was wonderful and you could consider it the Westminster of Florence for the number of tombs, including Michelangelo and Galileo amongst many others.
There is so much to see and appreciate. Marvellous.

For me after two weeks in Italy, including Rome and having viewed so many wonderful basilicas the Domo was a bit of a let down..... (huge queues in the sun and not so much to visit inside the actual Domo itself).
By contrast not so many people go to Santa Croce so no queue and much, much more to see.
Don't hesitate to get this on your itinerary...... you won't regret it.
Written 1 April 2019
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drpaigec
Wellington, New Zealand190 contributions
Put this as Number 2 on your Florence To-Do List
Sep 2018 • Couples
Ok, so there’s the Statue of David at the Galleria dell’Accademia and then I’d go see the Opera Di Santa Croce Gothic Cathedral. I know, but what about the Duomo you say, well, I’d say the exterior of the Duomo is great but the inside isn’t as most of the Duomo’s arts and relics are scattered in museums around Florence plus the queue to get inside is awful. And did I hear you say “what about the Uffizi?” - we’ll again the queues are horrible even on a tour and you literally have to fight the crowds to get around it and you certainly don’t get to stand back from the amazing artwork at the Uffizi and admire it as you’re meant to because the rude crowds won’t let you. BUT, the Santa Croce is amazing and there are ‘No Queues’. It’s huge, and has a few of histories big guys buried there eg, Michaelangelo and right across from him is Galileo and then there’s Machiavelli right there too. Plus the place is worth just sitting in and admiring the largess of it all. A must see in Florence.
Written 29 September 2018
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NH2CA
Laguna Hills, CA1,111 contributions
Wonderful surprise
Sep 2018
Just when I thought I had seen all the museums I could handle, we walked into Santa Croce. This is amazing, the gothic exterior and the many famous names found inside are just two reasons to visit. The artwork inside is moving and sculptures divine.
Written 25 September 2018
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daanddo
Lehigh Valley, PA922 contributions
Tombs of the Great in this Beautiful Cathedral
Jul 2018 • Couples
This church has the tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo, Ghiberti, Machiavelli, Fermi, Marconi, Da Vinci, as well as frescos, sculptures, and paintings by Donatello, Vasari, Gaddi and Giotto. You can do this on your own, but a tour will enhance your experience greatly.
Written 25 August 2018
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Markrw3000
Epping, UK146 contributions
Italian splendour
Mar 2018 • Couples
You do not have to be religious to appreciate the splendour here. Michelanglo's tomb was enough to get my attention and it doesn't end there as detailed sculpture after sculpture adorn the halls and walkways of this fabulous site. Easily accessible for young and old alike with little in the way of stair climbing. Peaceful and thought provoking. An entrance fee for adults of 8 euro each.
Written 18 March 2018
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Michael M C
Winnipeg, Canada255 contributions
Another Must See in Florence
Jun 2017 • Friends
Make sure you have a guide to explain the history that you are seeing. High points are the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo, but there is much more.
Beautiful place.
Written 5 June 2017
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Donna M
Lyons, NY103 contributions
One of my favorites
Sep 2016 • Couples
This place was amazing! So much beautiful art. But what I was so amazed with was the tombs. They have tombs in the floors and the tombs of such people as Machiavelli, Galileo and Michaelangelo! If you like cemetaries and such, don't miss!
Written 6 October 2016
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Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce is open:
  • Sun - Sun 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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