Santa Croce & Uffizi

This morning we are heading to the modest Santa Croce church. It's a smaller church off Florence's main axis, but it houses many famous, dead Florentines. It was designed around 1300, and many famous artists and designers had hands in its final form.

The church's marble facade was a 19th-century addition, but many of the frescos date from the 1300s and the funerary memorials cover the last 600 years.

Basilica Santa Croce

Basilica Santa Croce

Santa Croce Bell Tower

Santa Croce Bell Tower

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri

Buildings Near Santa Croce

Buildings Near Santa Croce

Tombs and memorials occupy almost every square inch of this place. The floor is covered in tombs, and the walls contain elaborate memorials to some of Tuscany's and Italy's most famous. Michelangelo, Galileo, Dante, Marconi, Rossini, and da Vinci are all memorialized here.

Inside Santa Croce

Inside Santa Croce

Santa Croce Frescos

Santa Croce Frescos

Santa Croce Tombs

Santa Croce Tombs

Worn Tomb

Worn Tomb

Santa Croce Ceiling

Santa Croce Ceiling

Dome Decor

Dome Decor

Dante's Memorial

Dante's Memorial

Michelangelo's Grave

Michelangelo's Grave

Galileo's Tomb

Galileo's Tomb

Marconi Memorial

Marconi Memorial

Da Vinci Memorial

Da Vinci Memorial

Rossini's Memorial

Rossini's Memorial

After the church, we headed over to the Uffizi, the vast museum of Renaissance art. Highlights for me were Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Spring. Also, there are many Da Vinci's and Michelangelo's around too. One could spend a few days in this museum. The cafe on the loggia is wonderful and has a great view over the Piazza della Signoria. This is where the Medicis once listened to music as it was played in the plaza.

After the museum we spilled out into the Piazza della Signoria where Suzanne and I lingered to take some photos of the sculptures in the afternoon sun.

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

The Rape of the Sabine Women

The Rape of the Sabine Women

The Rape of the Sabine Women

The Rape of the Sabine Women

David

David

David's Behind

David's Behind

Perseus with the Head of Medusa

Perseus with the Head of Medusa

David in Shadow I

David in Shadow I

David in Shadow II

David in Shadow II

David in Shadow III

David in Shadow III

David in Shadow IV

David in Shadow IV