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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 Tour with Kids, Including the David , City Highlights & Gelato Tasting

Florence is the city where the Renaissance was born. There are so many interesting places to see and learn about. We have designed a child-friendly tour with a guide who will ensure you and your children will have the best possible experience. Discover all the wonders that Florence has to offer in a fun and entertaining way, including Michelangelo's David! During the tour there will be a free gelato tasting!
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A ride through the city of Florence, admiring its squares, churches, palaces. We will discover the little wine windows, small openings used for the sale of wine directly on the street and located on many ancient Florentine palaces. We don't run but we pedal at the pace you prefer to be able to enjoy the landscape and the tranquility of this entirely flat route that will make you discover the historic center of Florence. Not only the most popular tourist places but also small streets and squares that are not always indicated in the guides. The final surprise of our walk will be a glass of wine served directly from an ancient wine window of a Florentine palace!
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Taste of Florence Sensory Delights, Roses and Delicious Food Tasting

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Who will guard Michelangelo s legacy

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Shore Excursion from Livorno: Pisa and Florence Private Tour

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Large-group shore excursions can sometimes feel rushed and impersonal but this private tour from Livorno to Pisa and Florence offers a more intimate experience and the flexibility to customize the trip to your own interests. You'll journey through the countryside to these charming Tuscan towns and see such iconic attractions as the Leaning Tower and Duomo.
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Florence Food Tour with Farmers Market Visit City Sightseeing and Wine Tasting

Our fully qualified English-speaking guides are art/history experts as well as food/wine connoisseurs, during the tour you will learn about the history of Florence as well as unravel traditional recipes. Our tour includes a deep visit at the main market where you will taste a wide variety of food, after a leisure walk admiring the San Lorenzo church and the Florence Cathedral you will be offered a huge plate of pecorino cheese and several type of cured meat matched with wine, then let's taste the traditional vegetable and tomatoes soups. It’s now time to indulge our sweet tooth with the delicious sweet fried bread and an artisanal ice-cream. Last but not least let’s have a strong aromatic espresso coffee in the beautiful square of Santa Croce. Please be aware this tour is not suitable for celiacs. Visiting Florence is like attending a surprise party every day: learn while eating, discover while drinking; every corner bears new treasures, every cobblestone a gem.
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Shopping in Florence - a personal shopping experience.

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Private Tour of Florence Must-see Sites with Exclusive Guide and Hotel Pick upFull-day Tours

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This tour saves you hours researching Florence’s top sights, as you’ll have a guide to take you on a comprehensive tour of hand-picked highlights. It’ll be a hassle-free tour from the onset, with hotel pickup included. See the spectacular Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Davanzati, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, and Piazza Duomo. Along the way, enjoy historical commentary from your guide and stories about Renaissance Florence.
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A walk among the main monuments of Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. A journey which will trace the evolution of Florence from Roman times to the present day. In addition to art and history, this city also offers fine food and pleasant evenings... We will reveal various curiosities that link Florence to the rest of the world and secrets that only locals know. You will have at your disposal qualified local guides who will advise you about places to go in the evening and where to experiment typical Tuscan and Florentine dishes… Among the places you will visit are the district of S. Lorenzo, the majestic Cathedral of S. Maria del Fiore, the church of S. Croce, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and much more... A "Classical Walking Tour" that we are sure will make you fall in love with this beautiful city.
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Private Half-Day Gourmet Tour of Florence with Tastings

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Florence Segway Tour

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Explore the heart of the Renaissance by Segway on this our of Florence. Led by a local guide, pass top attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and Piazza Santa Croce. Cover more ground than a walking tour as you hear the history behind this famous city from your guide. Headphones are provided so that you can hear the commentary more clearly as you glide through the streets.
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Private tour of Florence with a visit to the Cathedral - LAST MINUTEFull-day Tours

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Get a comprehensive overview of Florence during this 2-hour private tour. Whether it’s last minute or you just want to see the city’s highlights, this tour covers all the main attractions. Visit the Santo Spirito district, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Church, the famous Florence Cathedral, and much more throughout the tour. Listen to informative commentary from your guide and learn about the rich history of this Italian Renaissance city.
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