Who we are

Owned by the FEC (Fondo Edifici di Culto) of the Italian Home Office and the Municipality of Florence, the Monumental Complex of Santa Croce is managed by the Opera di Santa Croce, which since the fourteenth century has dealt with the safeguarding, enhancement and improvement of this site in accordance with the owners.

The immense artistic heritage and civil value of the monuments and memorials preserved in Santa Croce, requires an important and constant upkeep that the Opera, one of the oldest Fabbricerie in Italy and today a secular non-profit organization, carries out without any public subsidy, thanks only to funds raised with paid visits and private donations. It is an activity that requires substantial resources and that the Opera carries out through delicate restorations, countless architectural and artistic recovery procedures, as well as ordinary and extraordinary maintenance and updating and adaption in line with technical and safety specifications.  All measures are carried out under the supervision of the competent Superintendence, following a capillary  organization and planning, that concern both the Basilica and the adjacent areas in which the  museum and the cloisters are located.

 

The conservation of the Monumental Complex cannot omit to take into account the promotion of anawareness of its reality : in line with its mission, the Opera also combines conservative interventions with numerous events aimed at propagating to an ever wider public an acquaintance  with the monumental Complex and its multiple identity, in full respect of the sacredness of the place, in agreement with the Community of the Minor Friars that has animated its spiritual life ever since the foundation of the Basilica.