Santa Croce & Santa Maria Novella
These two churches have so much to offer that they can well be considered as Museums. Since the eighteen hundreds Santa Croce is also called the pantheon of Italian culture as the church gives eternal rest to Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Macchiavelli and Vittorio Alfieri among many other non-less important names. Besides that, you can admire incomparable pieces of art all spreading over the walls of the infinite chapels that wealthy Florentine patriarchs of the past have financed to celebrate their families. The same happened in most of the churches all around Italy but there are really few where you can get a full and complete excursion through art history from the early XIV century all over to late sixteen hundreds like the gothic church of Santa Maria Novella. It shows examples of the most celebrated names of our past like Giotto, Orcagna, Andrea di Bonaiuto, Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Paolo Uccello, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi, Naldini, Vasari.