Santa Croce

The Santa Croce quarter, on the southeast fringe of the historic center, was built up in the Middle Ages outside the second set of medieval city walls. The centerpiece of the neighborhood was (and is) the basilica of Santa Croce, which could hold great numbers of worshipers; the vast piazza could accommodate any overflow and also served as a fairground and, allegedly since the middle of the 16th century, as a playing field for no-holds-barred soccer games. A center of leatherworking since the Middle Ages, the neighborhood is still packed with leatherworkers and leather shops.

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Cimitero degli Inglesi

Familiarly known as the English Cemetery, this is the final resting place for some 1,400 souls. It was designed in…

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American Military Cemetery

About 8 km (5 miles) south of Florence on the road to Siena is one of two American cemeteries in…

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Museo del Cenacolo

This way-off-the-beaten-path museum (the name translates as the Museum of the Last Supper) has a stunning fresco by Andrea del…

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