Santa Croce

City church at Grand Hotel Minerva

20-min. walk from the hotel. Open to the public from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Florence's most dynamic neighborhood and a major center of culture. The church of Santa Croce is known for holding the tombs of many illustrious men, including Vittorio Alfieri, Galileo, and Ugo Foscolo, and for its most famous chapel, the Pazzi family chapel, designed by Brunelleschi. In the church's beautiful cloisters, you can admire works by Cimabue, Gaddi, and Donatello. Though the church itself was built at the end of the 13th century, its marble façade and bell tower were built in the latter 19th century. Relax on one of the benches facing the church and admire both the facade the imposing statue of Dante Alighieri. To the side of the church, visit the world-renowned leather school. Interesting fact: Though the church was consecrated in 1443, it was only in 1857 that Pope Pius IX had the first stone placed to build the façade which was then completed only in 1865.

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