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Santa Croce in Florence, Italy

Santa Croce gothic church in Florence, Italy, is an architectural site our tour-guide-for-a-day recommended we visit. There wasn’t enough time to go inside on her full itinerary that included the Accademia – location of Michelangelo’s “David” – and the Uffizi that houses the important Renaissance art.

So we took the train from Empoli to Florence on another day while we were in Tuscany to see the church that has the Star of David on the front; its architect was Jewish. Inside are the tombs of many greatly accomplished men, for example, Michelangelo, Galileo, Danti, Machiavelli, and Rossini.

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Michelangelo’s tomb

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Galileo’s tomb

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Rossini’s tomb

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Danti’s memorial

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Machiavelli’s tomb

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Pipe organ at Santa Croce church

The church is large. If you go around the exterior to the back, you’ll arrive at the entrance to Scuola del Cuoio, the workshop, showrooms, and retail shop of a leather artisan school where you can buy well-made goods by the students and help to support the school.

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Exterior, Santa Croce church

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Another exterior view of Santa Croce church

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Entrance to the leather school is well marked

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Entry to the leather school’s showrooms, etc., is up the steps at the back of this courtyard.

For refreshment, lunch, tea, or dinner, my recommendation is Boccadama on the right side of the plaza as you face the front of Santa Croce church. Ask for a table inside for a quiet, intimate atmosphere and attentive service.

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Good food at this ristorante

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Tiramisu from Boccadama

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