As you approach the Church of Santa Croce, you will most likely walk across the large Piazza del Santa Croce, which is a good spot for meeting up with people in your group. It is a rather large open space that is lined with shops and buildings.
As you are walking along or standing and waiting, be sure to look at these buildings. Some show how buildings in Florence use to be decorated with outside frescoes on their fronts. Other buildings show how buildings would be built with a veranda on the top floor – many today have enclosed this veranda to make additional rooms in the house. Since many of these houses would use the street level for their shop, if the family wanted to relax outside, they would head to the roof top veranda for to enjoy the outdoors as well as the privacy.
The Church of Santa Croce was another place that I really wanted to see while in Florence because it has the works a several great artists and is where Michelangelo’s tomb is housed. Let’s have a look at Santa Croce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.