The Church of the Holy Cross or as it is known by the locals, Basilica di Santa Croce, is the principal Franciscan church in Florence and the largest in the world. Besides that, it is also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories because it is the burial place of the most distinguished Italians in history such as the world-famous Michelangelo, one of the fathers of science- Galileo who suffered during the Inquisition and was not allowed a Christian burial until 1737, 95 years after his actual death,, the famous politician and philosopher Machiavelli, Gentile, the composer Rossini and other important icons. There you can also find a memorial to the illustrious Dante Alighieri, but his sarcophagus is empty. According to the legend, the church was founded by no other than St Francis himself, therefore it is a very special place to live in! It also had to face some challenges during history for instance when in 1966 the river Arno flooded a great part of Florence, including the church, it brought inside a lot of mud, pollution and heating oil causing deterioration to the walls and works, reparations which took long a period of time to finish. Moreover, the location is ideal as it is a minute away from the gorgeous Piazza Santa Croce, a 5 minute walk to the Palazzo Vecchio and many other famous buildings, churches and museums. We all know that sightseeing can be exhausting, especially in a city with so many attractions and with overwhelming histories, therefore relaxation after such a day is a must and you won’t even have to search for places of sort because the area is full with many cafes, gelaterias and of course a very wide selection of typically Italian restaurants where you can experiment with the world famous cuisine. All in all, it is a neighbourhood that can accommodate all kinds of tourists, with all types of budgets and with almost any kind of activity in mind.