Florence, Piazza Santa Croce

Piazza Santa Croce is one of the most important and central squares of Florence, and takes its name by the Basilica of Santa Croce.

There are buildings with a great historical value that face the square, such as the Palazzo dell’Antella and Palazzo Cocchi-Serristori. The square represents a wonderful example of medieval Italian art, and is characterized by a wide, rectangular shape, which has led the square to become one of the most important meeting places of the city. In fact, people gathered here to participate to masses and sermons by Dominicans.

Later, during Renaissance, the square was often animated by fairs, competitions, rides and shows. Among the most important events, the Calcio Fiorentino (an early form of football) and the Carnival. According to legend, people celebrated Carnival even during famines.
The Basilica of Santa Croce is the most important building overlooking to the square, and its neo-Gothic facade perfectly fits in the beautiful Renaissance frame.



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