Act 2, Scene 14
Santa Croce

Ancient Rome, The Italian Renaissance, And Postmodern Love

by Frederick Noble

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Firenze (Florence) is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. You can feel it everywhere you go. Roma is a cacophony, civilization upon civilization screaming for your attention. By comparison, Firenze is a choir.

Santa Croce, Florence
Santa Croce

Santa Croce, Florence
The high ceiling shows its Gothic origins.
Santa Croce, Florence
But Giotto painted frescoes inside, practically giving birth to the Renaissance around 1320. A couple hundred years later, Filippo Brunelleschi designed the Pazzi Chapel next door in the Renaissance style.
Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Santa Croce is lovely inside. The details aren't as mind-blowing as St. Peter's and the size isn't even as impressive as the Duomo across town, but the plainness of it is actually charming after so much overkill. As if that weren't enough, the likes of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo are entombed in the church.

Michelangelo's Crypt, Santa Croce, Florence

I stopped by and cursed Michelangelo for making it so damned difficult to make art that can compare. (I visited both Raphael's and Donatello's crypts later in the trip and did the same and I'd have done Leonardo too, except he ran off to France to die.)

Gallileo's Crypt, Santa Croce, Florence

There is also an impressive tomb for Dante, but he died in Ravenna. The Florentines were never able to recover his body and I’m sure he’s just pleased as punch about it since the Florentines banished him while he was alive. In back is a leather school with high quality, and high priced, leather goods of all sorts.

Santa Croce, Florence
Another of the antique photos of Firenze in a flea market in the States. The statue on the left is the monument do Dante. The piazza in front of Santa Croce is frequently filled with a temporary stadium for events so I never got a good shot of the facade.
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