A stroll to explore the fascinating secrets of Santa Croce.
Take a leisurely walk to immerse yourself in the old quarter of Santa Croce, on the trail of its secret world of historical curiosities and anecdotes. After setting out from the Relais Santa Croce by Baglioni Hotels and Resorts, your first place to contemplate is Santa Croce square. Here you can take in the beauty of the Basilica, founded by Franciscan friars in 1295, the guardian of masterpieces by Cimabue, Giotto, Donatello, Brunelleschi and Canova. Moving on through the alleyways and lanes, you’ll learn the stories behind the Mint Tower, Via dei Malcontenti and more. You will then visit the historic Florentine mosaic workshop and you will also admire one of the oldest leather shop. Your tour concludes at St Ambrose’s market, dating from 1873 and the oldest in town – where you can still buy fresh seasonal produce and savour a delicious Florentine lunch. Discover one of the most authentic and interesting districts in the heart of Florence and run into artisans and artists living in Santa Croce.
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