Piazza Santa Croce, Florence

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    Piazza Santa Croce

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    Piazza Santa Croce is one of the main sity squares, located in between Piazza della Signoria and National Central Library, and is takes its name by the Basilica of Santa Croce which overlooking the square.
    I was in particularly attracted by palazzo dell'Antella. It is medieval palace enlarged in the 16th century. The painted decorations on its facade consists of a series of panels with allegorical representations. At the centre of the building is the bust of Cosimo II de Medici.

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    by mikey_e Written Aug 21, 2007

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    Piazza Santa Croce is nothing famous per se, but it is rather interesting for reasons other than Basilica di Santa Croce. On the south side of the square you'll notice a rather gaily painted house, known as Palazzo dell'Antella. Just below it there is a marble stone than marks the half-field point of this square. That's right - Piazza Santa Croce was originally used for ancient football and was later a field for jousts and other mediaeval merriment.

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    by micajo Written Mar 6, 2007

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    The huge rectangular space of Piazza Santa Croce, created in front of the Franciscan Basilica, is the result of a 13th-14th century urban project whose medieval origins can still be clearly seen in many of the buildings surrounding its perimeter. However the two most famous palaces in the square actually date from a later period. Palazzo Cocchi-Serristori (opposite the church) and Palazzo dell'Antella.

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    by sue_stone Written Nov 24, 2004

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    Piazza Santa Croce is another beautiful Florence piazza.

    This square was originally the site of public meetings, but today it is more the site of souvenir shops!

    There are some great buildings here, including the gorgeous Santa Croce Church.

    The square is home to artists showing/selling their creations, the occasional street entertainer and plenty of tourists taking the weight off and consulting their guidebooks.

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    by Mobleydcat Written Nov 19, 2004

    The huge rectangular space of Piazza Santa Croce, created in front of the Franciscan Basilica, is the result of a 13th-14th century urban project whose mediaeval origins can still be clearly seen in many of the buildings surrounding its perimeter.

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    by acemj Written Sep 12, 2002

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    You'll find some great leather shops and some woodwork stores in the area around the piazza. I bought a leather jacket in this area for around $200.
    In the Middle Ages, the piazza served as a fairgrounds and today it still provides a wonderful gathering place for Florentines.

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