A brainteaser from our Leonardo da Vinci collection is emblazoned on the imposing and famous basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.
Our wooden 3D puzzle consists of 6 pieces with an ingenious interlocking system and is part of the mini puzzle series ... great fun in a small format.
The homonymous Basilica, on the other hand, is anything but small. Indeed, it is the largest Franciscan church in the world, famous above all for its 16 chapels decorated by great artists of the Italian Renaissance and the presence of several tombs and cenotaphs belonging to famous people buried there.
So famous that it gave Santa Croce the name of Florentine Pantheon or our local Westminster Abbey. A temple of Italian Glories.
Some names? Michelangelo, Vittorio Alfieri, Ugo Foscolo.
The remains of Galileo Galilei were brought to the basilica 95 years after his death.
Few people know that even the square in front of the Basilica takes its name from it.
The Santa Croce area was originally an island of the Arno outside the walls of Florence.
Construction of the church began in 1294 by the Franciscans who settled in the area.
Every year, in June, Piazza Santa Croce becomes a football field for matches of Calcio Storico Fiorentino: 4 teams representing the different areas of Florence that compete against each other.
In historical football, unlike modern football, everything is allowed: elbows, heads and so on and so forth.
Only in recent times has it been decided to bring this version closer to that of the present day to avoid too many injuries between participants.
A sport that does not cause harm is the mental one you will do with our Holy Cross.
Test yourself with our pocket brainteaser!