Piazza Santa Croce is filled with street vendors, gypsies, locals and tourists. On a clear day you can capture the beauty of the Basilica of Santa Croce with its white marble against a baby blue sky. At night the piazza’s hustle and bustle of the day is replaced by a lively and alternative vibe.
Dating back to 1714, the Florence National Central Library is the largest public library in Italy. It’s founding was based off of 30,000 volumes of books donated by librarian and scholar Antonio Magliabechi. The library holds over 5 million books and has a copy of every single book published in Tuscany.
Apartments Florence has a quick downloadable guide of their Florence Top Tips of what to do and where to go around the Santa Croce neighborhood.
We chose Top Tip #2 from Apartments Florence downloadable guide: CURIOSITIES
Piazza Santa Croce has always been the theater location for what is now one of the most important Florentine traditions, the Calcio Storico Fiorentino, a somewhat popular ancestor of the modern soccer or rugby game with little to no restriction to the use of violence or brutal force. Every year the four historical neighborhoods of Florence still face each other during a tournament in June.
Intro by Tessa Cole