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SANTA CROCE - Welcome to Italy

Location: FLORENCE
Piazza Santa Croce
Description: It was started in 1294 to the plans of Arnolfo di Cambio, it is one of the finest Franciscan churches in Italy, with masterpieces of Gothic art, pantheons by illustrious Italians. The bright interior, with nave and two aisles, houses valuable works of art by: Benedetto da Maiano, Vasari, B. Rossellino, Desiderio da Settignano, A. Gaddi, Mino da Fiesole, L. and G. della Robbia, Taddeo Gaddi, Masodi Banco, B. Daddi, Giotto (frescoes in the Peruzzi and Bardi chapels, with the famous "Stories of St. Francis"), Donatello (the wooden "Crucifix" and "Annunciazione" relief). The Sacristy is also rich in frescoes and and paintings. Monuments and tombs by some great Italian artists: L. B. Alberti, Michelangelo (work by Vasari), Dante, Alfieri (by Canova), Rossini, Foscolo, Machiavelli, Galileo. For information on the adjoining Museum and Cappella dei Pazzi please refer to previous pages.