Temple of the Italian Glories
Santa Croce was on the top of my list of places to go in Florence, and I'll tell you why - in a few paragraphs.
Santa Croce is the largest Franciscan Church in the world and is known as the Temple of the Italian Glories because many of Italy's most renowned are buried there.
Here are a few of the Glories that claim this basilica as their final resting place. I doubt they need introductions.
And now, the main event (for me)...Nicolas Machiavelli. A political philosopher that every political scientist learns about. He is heralded as the father of modern political philosophy, and is known primarily for his authorship of The Prince. He lived a interesting, albeit short, life in Florence. He held political office, led the city's citizen militia, and wrote popular plays and poetry. He now has a permanent residence within the city walls.
His tomb reads: "Tanto Nomini Nullum par Eulogium".
Translated: "To so great a name, there is no suitable eulogy".
Travis teases me for my excitement about this, but I feel that this is the closest you will ever be to physically meeting a historical figure. I am standing just feet from Machiavelli's tomb - I practically know the guy now!
There were many wonderful memorials and art exhibits throughout the building, but we ran out of time and they were ushering us out the door at closing, so we didn't get to see all of the buildings and the treasures within, but below are a few we managed to sneak a peak of.
Galileo's Original Resting Place in Santa Croce
There was also a temporary modern art installation.
Game of Cardboard Thrones
We enjoyed the grounds in between the rain.
Memento Mori -
p.s. I (practically) met Machiavelli! I could probably go home now.