Essential: the historical football celebrated in june
Famous for: nightlife
In three words: historic, trendy, imperishable
The Santa Croce neighborhood hosts one of the most beautiful piazzas in Florence city centre: Piazza Santa Croce, with its imposing gothic basilica that has seen many celebrated faces determine the history and identity of the city. In its surroundings, the typical streets of Florence start spreading, the stone buildings, trendy restaurants, artisan shops and new fashion stores.
HISTORY: Santa Croce is one of the most historical districts in Florence, and the only one that spreads across both borders of the Arno river. Characterized by its blue color, it houses the most important part of the historic patrimony of Florence: the Ponte Vecchio – the only bridge that survived both bombings of the WWII, the Galleria degli Uffizi, one of the greatest museums in the world, with most of its patrimony thanks to the Medici’s legacy, the Basilica de Santa Croce – the meeting point of illustrious minds in the history of Florence and the National Library, seriously damaged by the tragic flooding of 1966.
AMBIENCE: The neighborhood reflects perfectly the soul of Florence, full of tradition and history, with photographs that reflect the intact memories of ancient magic; it’s at the same time one of the most touristic areas in the city, always crowded, during the day tourists queue to admire works of art and nighttime young people from all over the world enjoying what the city has to offer. Santa Croce, in fact, is one of the nightlife main points in Florence: clubs, discos and bards converge in this special place. There’s something for everyone! And nothing better than to find an apartment in Santa Croce Florence, from where you can have easy access to the different areas of the city.
PLACES: Don’t miss the Piazza Santa Croce, dominated by the Basílica. The names of famous characters of Italian history lay on its interior, such as Alfieri, and you can appreciate impressive works of art, along with Giotto’s frescoes. The Museo dell’Opera di Santa Croce is located just next door, with Cimabue crucifix, Taddeo Gaddi’s and Andrea Orcagna’s paintings and the Capella Pazzi, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.
The Bargello, with its National Museum: the building is antique, from 1255, and now is a museum mostly dedicated to Brunelleschi’s sculptures, as well as Michelangelo, Cellini, Giambologna and Donatello.
The Badia Fiorentina, just in front of the Bargello, is the oldest monastery (978) with its famous “Cloisters of Oranges” and a masterpiece from Filippino Lippi. Close to here you can find the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology and Dante’s House.
The beautiful Synagogue was built by the end of 800, with precious mosaics. The Jewish Museum documents the history of Jewish people in Florence and houses a rich collection of objects of worship.
The Uffizi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor present some of the most important artworks in the world. In the Uffizzi there are masterpieces from Italian and foreign artists, such as Cimabue, Giotto, Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Piero della Francesca, Rafaello, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Durero, Goya among others. The Vasari Corridor was built by Vasari in just 5 months, requested by the Medici family, and for safety reasons to connect the Palazzo Vecchio and the Palazzo Pitti: it’s an high street that features today a series of portraits and passes on the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in the city, famous worldwide for its architecture and the typical jewelry shops.
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