Santa Croce Basilica in Florence, Italy
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Frescoes of Santa Croce can be viewed from scaffolding

Art lovers in Italy will soon be able to get much closer to some of the finest Renaissance-era paintings, but they will need a hard hat to do it.

That is because the scaffolding at the world famous Santa Croce Basilica in Florence is being left up after a major five-year restoration.

The BBC's correspondent in Rome Duncan Kennedy reports.

  • 17 Apr 2011
  • From the section Europe