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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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Private Tour: Secret Food Tours FlorenceHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Florence

As Florentines, we're extremely passionate about our local food, our city, and its history. As such, we love to share Florence's best foods and unique culture. When you book Secret Food Tours: Florence, you'll get to try delicious food and wine from across Tuscany, but more specifically from the Florentine tradition. Plus, we'll teach you how to find the best shops and restaurants, and provide other great tips to make your time in Florence truly memorable. Come and experience food and wine as expression of social life and relationships. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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Walking Tour Florence Cultural Tours

Walking Tour Florence

Stroll through Florence to get to know the highlights of the city up close. You'll get the most out of your time by exploring with a guide, who will provide background information on ever stop and answer questions. This carefully curated tour is designed to show you the best of the city in just two hours, making it a great option for those short on time or first-time visitors.
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Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from LivornoFull-day Tours

Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from Livorno

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Spend the day exploring Florence—and opt to see sides of the city that many visitors miss—on this full-day, private shore excursion from Livorno. Meet your guide directly at the port, and hop into your air-conditioned minivan. You’ll drive through the scenic Chianti region en route to Florence. Upon arrival, discover the city’s most in-demand landmarks (including the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazzale Michelangelo). You can also upgrade to add on an extensive, multi-hour walking tour of the city and its lesser-known attractions.
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Walking Tour with Photographer in Florence!Photography Tours

Walking Tour with Photographer in Florence!

During this photo tour, as well as taking a tour of the city with an experienced photographer, you will learn some basic tricks about how to make photos as well as try out equipment like steady cams for video shooting. Your memory of Florence will be filled with the feeling you will feel for this wonderful and unique city!
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Photo Walk in Florence: Meet and Photograph the Medici City!Photography Tours

Photo Walk in Florence: Meet and Photograph the Medici City!

During this photo tour, as well as taking a tour of the city with an experienced photographer, you will learn some basic tricks about how to make photos as well as try out equipment like steady cams for video shooting. Your memory of Florence will be filled with the feeling you will feel for this wonderful and unique city!
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Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip from LivornoFull-day Tours

Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip from Livorno

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Dock in Livorno, disembark your cruise ship, and make the most of your day ashore: this private day trip to Pisa and Florence takes all the stress out of planning your travels. Meet your guide directly at the port, and hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan. Your first stop is Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, where you can explore the sights, including the Leaning Tower, at your leisure. Then, continue to Florence. Stop in the Piazzale Michelangelo for panoramic city views, see the Ponte Vecchio, and much more.
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The Best of Florence: Private Evening Highlights TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

The Best of Florence: Private Evening Highlights Tour

Want to experience Florence without the crowds? Explore the city at night! Join a local guide on a private night-time tour and discover a whole new side to Florence. See the city’s highlights lit up in all their glory and wander the beautiful, crowd-less streets with a local Florentine. Uncover the magic of Florence by exploring the city with a local. Stroll through beautiful squares and solemn buildings from one side of the river Arno to the other. Your favorite local will tell you fantastic stories about the city’s former inhabitants, from princes to poets and merchants to master painters. Blend in with the locals at a nightlife hotspot, which comes alive in the evenings. Follow your friendly host to a hip bar and enjoy a refreshing drink as you watch the locals relax and unwind. Want to continue your evening? Just ask your local host for tips and bar recommendations. Join this tour now and have a wonderful time with a private local showing you around!
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Private 3-Hour Food Tour of FlorenceHalf-day Tours

Private 3-Hour Food Tour of Florence

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Taste your way through Florence's local cuisine during this 3-hour small-group food tour. Follow your culinary expert guide to local food purveyors in the streets and alleys of Florence, listening to stories and interesting facts about the city as you stroll. Start your day with an authentic Italian espresso, then stop Central Market of San Lorenzo to walk among the stalls of fresh produce. Taste some local Chianti, Ribollita (Tuscan soup) and fluffy pastries at a Florentine bakery. Finish your tour with a classic gelato. All tastings are included.
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La Spezia Shore Excursion : Pisa and Florence Private TourBus Tours

La Spezia Shore Excursion : Pisa and Florence Private Tour

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When your cruise ship docks in La Spezia, benefit from a private full-day shore excursion to Pisa and Florence to see each city’s top sights and the lovely Tuscan countryside. Snap photos at the Piazza dei Miracoli where the Leaning Tower of Pisa is located, and take in Florence attractions including the Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo, and Ponte Vecchio. Transportation is provided by comfortable minivan with an informative driver-guide.
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Historical WhoDunit Murder Solving Self-Guided Tour in FlorenceHalf-day Tours

Historical WhoDunit Murder Solving Self-Guided Tour in Florence

Put on your detective cap and get ready to solve a historic murder mystery in Florence. During this interactive, self-guided game, follow the clues to solve a Renaissance-era crime involving an illustrious cast of Florentine characters. See some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and hidden corners through a unique lens on this challenging scavenger hunt, and win a prize if you’re the first to crack the case.
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Sweet Florence by bikeMountain Bike Tours

Sweet Florence by bike

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A ride through the city of Florence along the river Arno, admiring the squares, palaces and churches.
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Half-day Florence Walking Tour of the City Must-See Sites with Local GuideArchitecture Tours

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Half-day Florence Walking Tour of the City Must-See Sites with Local Guide

Walk through the streets and piazzas of Florence with a guide, learning much more than you would just exploring on your own. Listen to guided commentary focused on the city's history and culture, enjoying the chance to ask questions. Traveling with a small group means an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention from your guide.
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Pisa/Florence from La SpeziaWine Tastings

Pisa/Florence from La Spezia

An english speaking driver will tell you what you will see in this tour. All the vehicles are very good and new, well cleaned and you have just to enjoy your transfer. When you arrive, you can feel and taste the atmosphere of the Italian city,and if you like, we can pass trough a country street, to have a little bit of Tuscany country taste!
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Pisa/Florence from Livorno Dining Experiences

Pisa/Florence from Livorno

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An english speaking driver will tell you what you will see in this tour. All the vehicles are very good and new, well cleaned and you have just to enjoy your transfer. When you arrive, you can feel and taste the atmosphere of the Italian city,and if you like, we can pass trough a country street, to have a little bit of Tuscany country taste!
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Private Shore Excursion to Florence from Livorno with official guide in FlorenceDay Trips

Private Shore Excursion to Florence from Livorno with official guide in Florence

Leave your cruise ship in Livorno, and pay a visit to Florence with your own personal driver. Offering a start time that can be adjusted to your cruise schedule, the shore excursion includes private transport, a port pickup and drop-off, and ample time in Florence with a tour guide. You’ll hear the history behind Florence Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, and find the best photo stops as you explore the Renaissance city in Tuscany.
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Cycling in Florence: a different way to explore the townMountain Bike Tours

Cycling in Florence: a different way to explore the town

Discover the top sights of Florence by bike on a 2.5-hour cycling tour of the UNESCO listed city center and more. Set at a leisurely pace, the tour is ideal for visitors of all ages. Enjoy frequent stops to take photos and learn about your surroundings.  The well-rounded tour also includes a bottle of water to keep you hydrated and a complimentary gelato.
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Florence Independent Tour with Audiopen and Optional LunchDay Trips

Florence Independent Tour with Audiopen and Optional Lunch

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Use a handheld audio guide to explore Florence, and make your way around a preset route, put together by a local expert guide. The innovative ‘audiopen’ includes a touch-screen map, which allows you to wander the city streets and learn about its sights as you go. Check out Palazzo Pitti, Florence Duomo, the Church of San Lorenze and Brunelleschi’s Dome among other landmarks on your route. Want to enhance the experience? Add a meal when you book and enjoy three courses of food in Florence’s historical center.
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2 hours sunset walking tourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

2 hours sunset walking tour

This is a perfect introduction to the city on the day of your arrival and especially if you don't have a lot of time in Florence.
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Streaty - Street Food Tour of FlorenceHalf-day Tours

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Streaty - Street Food Tour of Florence

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Most of tourists spend their time having bites at the touristy market of San Lorenzo. We take travelers to the real Florentine food market of Sant'Ambrogio, where locals have their daily shopping and fill up their belly with some tasty and sometimes challenging bites! Your guide will explain you seasonal recipes and give you insights on locals' daily life. You will have the chance to try foods not available in restaurants and often not even mentioned in guidebooks. We offer whatever is local, seasonal and traditional. no tourist traps of any kind! All guides are local. They present their own city from locals' perspective without filters of any kind.
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Florence City Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Florence City Bike Tour

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Enjoy a guided tour of Florence on two wheels with this bike tour. Explore the Tuscan capital by bike.
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Morning First Entrance: Accademia Gallery, David & Florence City Highlights TourHalf-day Tours

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Morning First Entrance: Accademia Gallery, David & Florence City Highlights Tour

Join us on this fun and informative walking tour. As you meander through Florence’s charming streets and piazzas, your very knowledgeable guide take you on an historical journey through Renaissance Florence. You’ll discover and learn of Florence’s wonderful architecture, see the monuments, squares, and markets of this enchanting city.
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Sunrise Michelangelo square E.scooter with tour leader breakfast Vespa, Scooter & Moped Tours

Sunrise Michelangelo square E.scooter with tour leader breakfast

exclusive tou for early risers, accompanied by your tour leader you will see the sun rise over the city of Florence. breakfast included typical Italian, consisting of cappuccino and hot croissant. Unique exclusive tour in Florence
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Artisan Workshops: Guided Small-Group Walking Tour in FlorenceHalf-day Tours

Artisan Workshops: Guided Small-Group Walking Tour in Florence

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Meet the artisans who are keeping Florence’s ancient craft traditions alive on a small-group shopping tour. Visit artisan workshops to see how traditional Italian and Florentine products like leather goods, marbled paper, and mosaics are made using methods passed down through the centuries. Browse quality handmade goods and pick up one-of-a-kind souvenirs to take-home. 
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Florence Street Food Tour with Walking Sightseeing and Local GuideWalking Tours

Florence Street Food Tour with Walking Sightseeing and Local Guide

Snack your way through the heart of Florence on a 2.5-hour small-group walking tour. The short excursion is the perfect opportunity to get a quick overview of Tuscan cuisine. Culinary highlights include schiacciata (flat bread), cantuccini (biscotti), and fresh homemade pasta. Follow your guide to the bustling San Lorenzo Market. A favorite with locals, the vibrant market offers a wide range of fresh ingredients and popular dishes.
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