Death of Spanish man struck by stone fragment in Basilica di Santa Croce raises questions about state of Italy’s ageing and fragile monuments

A 52-year-old tourist from Spain has been killed by falling masonry in one of Florence’s most famous churches, the Basilica di Santa Croce.

The church, a top tourist attraction, is where Italian luminaries Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli are buried. The fatal accident on Thursday raised questions about the state of Italy’s considerable cultural heritage, which includes numerous ageing and fragile monuments.

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