The Crucifix of Cimabue returns visible after almost two years

From Saturday, December 4th, the Cimabue Crucifix in Santa Croce will once again be visible to all the visitors of the monumental complex. 

In March 2020, the stringent anti-Covid safety regulations had forced the Opera di Santa Croce to exclude the Sacristy from the visitor’s route; at last, from Saturday 4th December this evocative space will once again return accessible to all, a true treasure chest of fourteenth-century narration of the life of Christ with frescoes by Niccolò Gerini and Taddeo Gaddi.

Among the works that can once again be admired is the intense pictorial story by Giovanni da Milano of the Stories of the Magdalene and the great Cimabue Crucifix, a symbol of redemption after the floods of 1966, and now of the desire for a rebirth after the darkest months of the pandemic.

Together with the Sacristy a suggestive architectural path bearing the signature of Michelozzo also reopens: The Corridor of the Novitiate, the Sala del Pozzo and the Medici chapel with the great sixteenth-century altarpieces by Bronzino, Allori and Salviati.

The Sacristy and Cimabue's Crucufix

Also starting from Saturday, December 4th, the Opera di Santa Croce proposes special thematic guided tours. You can choose between two itineraries:

  • The masterpieces of Santa Croce
  • Giotto, painter in Santa Croce and entrepreneur in Florence

The guided tours, which are in Italian language, will last 60 minutes and are available on Friday at 3pm and Saturday at 11am (with the exception of the 24th, 25th and 31st of December). Reservations can be made on the online ticket office of the Opera di Santa Croce website.

Santa Croce, the place par excellence of Dante's memory, is also the starting point of the routes dedicated to the Supreme Poet. In December, the contents of the app In Toscana con Dante, created from the collaboration of the Opera di Santa Croce with the Tuscany Region, will be enriched with three new itineraries dedicated to the Casentino, Mugello and Lunigiana territories.