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Piazza Santa Croce Tours

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Piazza Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce, dominated by the Basilica of Santa Croce, is one of the most important squares in central Florence. Home to the intricately frescoed 17th-century Palazzo dell’Antella and the 15th-century Palazzo Cocchi-Serristori, this vibrant public space hosts a number of outdoor markets and fairs each year.

The Basics
Adjacent to the magnificent Basilica of Santa Croce, which houses a treasure trove of works by Giotto, Gaddi, della Robbia, and Donatello, Piazza Santa Croce is a highlight of any visit to Florence. The basilica is among the most visited in the city and there are often long lines to enter; book a guided tour with skip-the-line entrance in advance in the crowded summer months.

Most city walking tours or sightseeing tours by Segway, bike, or electric golf cart include a stop at Piazza Santa Croce and its basilica along with other famous sights like the Uffizi and Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia). 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Piazza Santa Croce is lined with restaurants and cafés, perfect for a snack or drink.
  • Flat and paved, the square is easy to navigate with wheelchairs or strollers.
  • Be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen if visiting in summer as the square has no shade.
  • The Basilica of Santa Croce requires modest clothing covering shoulders and knees to enter.

How to Get There
Piazza Santa Croce is in the historical center of Florence, just a short walk from the cathedral (Duomo), Piazza della Signoria, and Santa Maria Novella train station.

When to Get There
Florence is one of the most visited cities in Italy, and its main squares are hot and crowded in summer. Visit in spring or fall to enjoy these outdoor spaces with milder temperatures and smaller crowds. Piazza Santa Croce hosts a number of markets and fairs each year, including a Christmas market, antique markets, food fairs, and a raucous historical-football match each June.

The Basilica of Santa Croce’s Famous Tombs
The Santa Croce Basilica was long the preferred burial place for famous Italian artists and luminaries, and the church is home to dozens of tombs and funerary monuments honoring everyone from Leonardo da Vinci to Enrico Fermi. The most famous tombs are those of Michelangelo, Galileo, Ghiberti, and Machiavelli.
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Florence Sightseeing Tour with Uffizi Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket

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Spend an artistic afternoon exploring the treasures in and around Florence on this sightseeing tour. Soak up spectacular panoramic views from the ancient Etruscan hill town of Fiesole, and learn the history behind medieval city landmarks like Santa Croce Church and the open-air museum of Piazza della Signoria. Finish with a skip-the-line visit to the renowned Ufizzi Gallery, where you can admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, Rafael, Botticelli and other Renaissance greats.
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Florence Small group Highlights Walking Tour with a Local Guide Cultural Tours

Florence Small group Highlights Walking Tour with a Local Guide

With This 2 hour walking city tour you will wander the stunning streets of Florence guided by an expert local guide. After meeting your guide , accompanied by a small group of people up to 15, you will see Santa Croce Church, the Bargello Palace, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, the Cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, Uffizi Gallery's courtyard, the church of San Lorenzo (all from the outside) . Learn about the city thanks to the precious suggestions of your guide on how to spend your time in Florence.
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Small Group Best of Florence Walking Tour

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Welcome to the amazing City of Florence. Meet your expert local guide near Church of Santa Croce and you will start from the Bargello Palace,a Medieval Fortress with an enormous entrance Hall that you will admire from outside.Continuing your stroll discovering the reason why Florence is considered the “cradle” of the Renaissance.You will stop on one of the most famous bridge,Ponte Vecchio, then on to Piazza della Signoria, political heart of the city. Admire the magnificent Uffizzi Gallery that housed the Great Duke’s headquarters and the Palazzo Vecchio, the historic seat of the Florentine Government. Let's enter the oldest part of Florence.You will reach Piazza del Duomo where The combination of the Cathedral with its unique Brunelleschi’s Dome,the Baptistery with its stunning Porta del Paradiso and the Giotto’s bell tower is spectacular. At the Church of San Lorenzo you will say Goodbye to your guide continuing to explore the surrounding market area.
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Known as the “cradle of the Renaissance”, Florence’s countless masterpieces of art and architecture can be daunting to first-time visitors. With this guided walking tour of the historic center, get an overview of the city’s treasures without being overwhelmed. See highlights like Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio, then visit the Accademia, skipping the long line to spend more time admiring Michelangelo’s iconic “David” statue.
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Florence Tour and Sightseeing of the City Top-Places with Local Guide

This 2 hour walking city tour will take you to the highlights of the city of Florence led by a local expert guide. This tour is an eminent prologue to the city of Florence. In the organization of a nearby and extremely proficient guide you will see the Santa Croce Church, the Bargello Palace, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, the Cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, Uffizi Gallery's patio and the congregation of San Lorenzo (all from the ouside). Your guide will likewise give you proposals for whatever is left of your stay in Florence; what else to see and where to eat!
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Budget Small-Group Tour of Florence main attractions with local licensed Guide

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A great option for first-time visitors to Florence, this 2-hour walking tour provides a good overview of the city. With a local guide, visit landmarks including the Church of Santa Croce, Porcellino Market, Florence Cathedral, Uffizi Gallery, and more. As you stroll the city streets, learn about the city’s history as a center of Renaissance art and architecture.
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Stroll through the city centre to Piazza Duomo along with your knowledgeable tour guide. With skip-the-line entry, you can climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome for a spectacular view of Florence. The Dome itself is a symbol of the city, famous for its design and architectural engineering. Note that your Dome ticket also allows you entry to the Cathedral, the Crypt, the Baptistery, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Museo dell’Opera. Tickets are valid for 72 hours from first entry.
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Sightseeing with kids in tow can be a challenge. Tack a stress-free, family-friendly day onto your itinerary with this 2.5-hour tour that features the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Santa Croce, and a complimentary gelato stop. In addition to navigating, your guide facilitates a range of games and activities meant to keep your children curious and captivated at each stop along the way.
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Discover the top sights of Florence on a 2-hour walking tour. Follow your guide past Santa Croce Church, Palazzo Vecchio, and many other points of interest. The budget friendly tour is a great way to orient yourself to the city for future exploring on your own. A small group size enables you to ask questions about the surrounding attractions and get insider recommendations for the rest of your trip.
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Private Tour: Artisans of Florence Walking Tour

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Known as the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is such a treasure trove of art and architecture that it’s hard to know where to begin. With this private walking tour, enjoy an introduction to the city’s highlights as well as skip-the-line tickets to the Duomo to visit the church, bell tower, baptistery, and even the top of Brunelleschi’s famed dome to take in the view over the city.
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Kid-Friendly Florence Highlights Tour with Central Market & Gelato TastingPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Kid-Friendly Florence Highlights Tour with Central Market & Gelato Tasting

Explore the highlights of the city with this Treasures of Florence tour! In a 2.5-hour tour you will walk with our expert kid-friendly guide through the most beautiful places in the city. You will start in Piazza Santa Croce by the statue of Dante in the middle of the square, where the guide will be waiting for you. See and experience Florentine life through Piazza della Signoria, the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, and the Duomo. During this relaxed and informative walking tour, the guide will involve the whole family, and the children will be especially curious to learn by using games and other multimedia tools. Crossing the oldest bridge in Florence, the medieval Ponte Vecchio, don't forget to show a gesture of goodwill to “Il Porcellino”, a little statue of a wild boar, to secure your return to Florence!
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Early Access: Skip-the-line Michelangelo's David & Florence Highlights Tour

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Seeing Michelangelo’s “David” is a must-do while in Florence. This private tour takes you past the ticket lines with priority admission to the Accademia Gallery. First, an art historian guides you on a 2-hour walking tour through public squares and markets to see key landmarks like Giotto's Bell Tower and the Ponte Vecchio. After an introduction to the city, step inside one of Florence’s top museums to view its masterpiece.
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Families visiting Florence with kids—this is the tour for you! Avoid yawns and boredom by going on a tour that has children’s attention spans in mind. A child-friendly guide keeps the little ones entertained with games, quizzes, and treasure hunts, while you get to enjoy seeing city highlights. The tour covers Santa Croce Square, Palazzo Vecchio, Porcellino Market, Piazza Duomo, Piazza San Lorenzo, and much more.
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Follow an innovative audioguide to discover the top sights in Florence at your own pace. The guide covers the highlights of the Uffizi Gallery and Florence landmarks including: Piazza della Signoria, Basilica San Miniato al Monte, Mercato del Porcellino and many others in a single tour, which you can complete at your leisure. This package includes skip-the-line access to the Uffizi Gallery, one of Florence's most popular museums.
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Highlights of Florence Kids & Families Small Group Tour with Gelato

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Explore Florence by night with a local guide on a 2-hour walking tour through the city. Visit notable landmarks including Florence Cathedral, the Baptistery of Saint John, Giotto's Bell Tower, Porcellino Market, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, and much more. Learn about the history of this cultured Tuscan city as you soak up the nighttime energy.
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Full Day Florence Tour with Accademia and Uffizi Gallery

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As the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence has a wealth of art and architecture so vast that it’s hard to take it all in. With this tour, you won’t miss any of the highlights, from the architecture of the historic center to the art of the world-famous Accademia and Uffizi galleries. You’ll even enjoy one of the best views over the city from the scenic perch of Piazzale Michelangelo.
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