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Florence Santa Croce Basilica (Basilica di Santa Croce)
One of the most striking and important churches in Florence, Santa Croce Basilica (Basilica di Santa Croce) is a classic example of Tuscan Gothic architecture. It’s also home to myriad works by Giotto, Gaddi, della Robbia, and Donatello, plus the tombs of numerous luminaries including Michelangelo, Galileo, Ghiberti, and Machiavelli.

The Basics
Work on the Santa Croce Basilica began in 1294, though the facade and bell tower are 19th-century additions. The world’s largest Franciscan church, Santa Croce houses 16 chapels decorated with some of the most important Florentine fresco cycles dating from the 14th century. It’s part of a larger complex including a refectory, two cloisters, and the Museum of the Opera of Santa Croce.

The Santa Croce Basilica is a highlight of any visit to Florence, and many sightseeing walking tours and shore excursions include a stop at the basilica and adjacent complex along with other famous sights like the Uffizi and Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia). Due to its artistic and historic importance, the church is among the most visited in the city and there are often long lines to enter; booking a guided tour with skip-the-line entrance in advance is a must in the crowded summer months.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Santa Croce Basilica is a must for all first-time visitors to Florence.
  • The basilica requires modest clothing covering shoulders and knees to enter.
  • No flash photography is allowed inside the church.
  • Piazza Santa Croce, in front of the basilica, is lined with restaurants and cafés—perfect for a snack or drink before or after visiting the church.
  • The basilica is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Santa Croce Basilica is located on Piazza Santa Croce in the historic center of Florence, just a short walk from the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria.

When to Get There
Florence is one of the most visited cities in Italy, and its main churches and monuments can be very crowded in summer. To enjoy the city sights in relative peace, schedule a visit for spring or fall. Piazza Santa Croce holds a charming Christmas market each year through the month of December, with stalls selling holiday decorations, artisan crafts, and seasonal foods.

Santa Croce’s Most Famous Tombs
Over the centuries, the Santa Croce Basilica became the prefered burial place for important Florentines and, later, notable Italians. The church is now home to dozens of tombs and funerary monuments honoring some of the most famous Italian artists and luminaries from Leonardo da Vinci to Enrico Fermi. 


Address: Piazza di Santa Croce, Florence 50122, Italy
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Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

Enjoy this unforgettable Shore Excursion and make memories of the landmarks: • Pisa: - Leaning Tower - Piazza dei Miracoli • Florence: - Piazzale Michelangelo - Ponte Vecchio - Piazza della Signoria - Basilica of Santa Croce - Accademia Gallery with Skip-The-Line tickets (in Private tour options) - Piazza del Mercato Centrale - Giotto BellTower - Duomo Free time for lunch where the driver can suggest a nice restaurant or pizzeria within your desired budget. Included: • Wine Tasting in the Tuscany countryside in Private tour option. Upgradable with licensed local tour guide in Florence. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Livorno Cruise Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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  • 9 hours
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Professional Photographer and Driver Private Florence Tour

Professional Photographer and Driver Private Florence Tour

Forget selfies! The latest Tour accessory is a professional photographer! At Least 125 Digital Images Included! You will explore the best highlights of Florence with the guidance and experience of a professional English-speaking driver, while a personal photographer captures your memories for you. Our private Florence Tour is perfect for couples, families or group of friends. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 6 hours
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Honeymooners Florence Tour with Professional Photographer and Driver

Honeymooners Florence Tour with Professional Photographer and Driver

Forget selfies! The latest Tour accessory is a professional photographer! At Least 125 Digital Images Included! During your private Honeymooners Florence Tour you will explore the best highlights of Florence with the guidance and experience of a professional English-speaking driver, while a personal photographer captures your memories for you. Our private honeymooners Florence Tour is perfect for honeymooners, honeymoon celebrations, couples also with families or group of friends. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 6 hours
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Florence City Tour: Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria, Uffizi Gallery Skip the Line

Florence City Tour: Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria, Uffizi Gallery Skip the Line

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Meet your guide to embark on a sightseeing tour of Florence. Visit the Convent of San Domenico, Basilica di Santa Croce, and Piazza della Signoria, and enjoy panoramic views from Fiesole Hill. Then it’s time to tour the renowned Uffizi Gallery—with skip-the-line access and a guide—where you can view works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and other Renaissance artists.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour of Florence and Uffizi Gallery

Private Tour of Florence and Uffizi Gallery

This 4 hours walking tour of the main highlights of the city of Florence with a private licensed guide, you will have the opportunity to visit both the Uffizi Gallery and the Holy Cross Church. First, in the Uffizi, you will admire the works of art of many and many famous Italian artists, such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Giotto, Caravaggio, and many others. Then, you will move to the burial place of many Italian artists and Italian important personalities (such as Galileo and Michelangelo): the Holy Cross Church. The guide will explain to you all the curiosities about Italian artists and the details of their masterpieces. This is definitely the perfect way to enjoy Florence with its gems!
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  • 4 hours
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Honeymooners Florence Tour with Professional Photographer and Driver

Honeymooners Florence Tour with Professional Photographer and Driver

Forget selfies! The latest Tour accessory is a professional photographer! At Least 125 Digital Images Included! During your private Honeymooners Florence Tour you will explore the best highlights of Florence with the guidance and experience of a professional English-speaking driver, while a personal photographer captures your memories for you. Our private honeymooners Florence Tour is perfect for honeymooners, honeymoon celebrations, couples also with families or group of friends. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 6 hours
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Professional Photographer and Driver Private Florence Tour

Professional Photographer and Driver Private Florence Tour

Forget selfies! The latest Tour accessory is a professional photographer! At Least 125 Digital Images Included! You will explore the best highlights of Florence with the guidance and experience of a professional English-speaking driver, while a personal photographer captures your memories for you. Our private Florence Tour is perfect for couples, families or group of friends. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 6 hours
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Private Tour: Treasures of Florence Half-Day Walking Tour

Private Tour: Treasures of Florence Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover the most important monuments and public spaces of Florence on a private, 3-hour walking tour. Learn about the city’s illustrious history from a local guide as you stroll through the winding medieval streets, stopping to admire landmarks like the iconic Duomo and bell tower, Piazza della Repubblica, the Ufizzi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Finally, walk in the footsteps of the powerful Medici family that once ruled the city as you make your way across the River Arno to the magnificent Palazzo Pitti.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Florence Artisans and Shopping tour

Private Florence Artisans and Shopping tour

Get an insider’s perspective on Florence’s rich crafts scene with this specialty shopping tour. Visit workshops where skilled artisans carry on traditions that date back centuries, creating unique handmade products prized around the world. Watch craftspeople at work at renowned leather, mosaic and goldsmith shops, and have a chance to purchase quality Florentine goods like jewelry, bags, bound books and marbled paper. At the end of the 3-hour tour, toast your purchases with a glass of bubbly Italian prosecco!
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  • 3 hours
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Florence Self Guided Audio Tour

Florence Self Guided Audio Tour

Experience the Renaissance city of Florence with this affordable, self-guided walking tour. Download the tour’s audio files and map to your MP3-enabled device, choose your starting time, and hit the city’s gorgeous cobblestone streets. See landmarks like Michelangelo’s David and the cathedral’s famed terracotta-tiled Duomo, enjoy some delicious gelato and take in the scene at Florence’s main square, Piazza Della Signoria. 
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Private Day in Florence: An Immersive Experience

Private Day in Florence: An Immersive Experience

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During the Florence in a day tour, we will take you to all the highlights of this beautiful city. Florence is well known as the “heart” of the Italian Renaissance, with its famous museums like the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia and many other lesser-known palaces with unique artworks. Step into the world of Renaissance art and get amazed by the stories behind these masterpieces and the masters who created them.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Private Livorno Shore Excursion To Florence By Car

Private Livorno Shore Excursion To Florence By Car

Though Florence is a city that could easily occupy the curious traveller for a lifetime, its rich culture can be spectacularly brought to life over the course of a single day. A car and driver will be waiting for you at the port when you disembark to take you to Florence where you will meet our guide and begin the visit. With this tour we will embark on a journey from the Middle Ages to the end of the Renaissance. We understand that time is of the essence for those travelling on a cruise ship and we guarantee that you will make the most of your day and take you to all the must see places in Florence. Our guide will take you the Uffizi Gallery with works from Giotto to Da Vinci, the Accademia with Michelangelo’s David and also to soak up the glory of the Cathedral of Florence with Brunelleschi’s Dome. We will finish up the tour with a Romantic view of the Arno river before being taken back to the port to your ship.
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  • 10 hours
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Michelangelo' House and Santa Croce Basilica Private Tour

Michelangelo' House and Santa Croce Basilica Private Tour

Delve into the art and life story of Michelangelo during a private tour of Basilica di Santa Croce and Casa Buonarroti. Learn about the life of the Florentine master, see his early works and sketches at his family home, and visit the place of his burial over the course of a few hours. All entrance fees and a private tour guide are included.
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  • 3 hours
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$197.74
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Private Tour: Santa Croce Church and the Artists' Quarter

Private Tour: Santa Croce Church and the Artists' Quarter

Step inside the largest Franciscan church in the world for a private tour of Florence’s Santa Croce Basilica. Learn why it’s also called the ‘Temple of the Italian Glories’ as you visit the tombs of Michelangelo, Rossini, Galileo, and other luminaries. The sacred space is rich in symbolism and artistic detail, which your personal guide will explain to help you get the most out of this architectural treasure.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery with Firenzecard - LAST MINUTE

Guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery with Firenzecard - LAST MINUTE

Widely considered among the world’s finest art spaces, the Uffizi Gallery is one of Florence’s top attractions—with often long queues. With this tour, dodge the wait with skip-the-line entry and hear the secrets of Renaissance masterpieces by Botticelli, Da Vinci, and Giotto from your private guide. With your Firenzecard included, enjoy admission to 72 museums across Florence—including the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Gallery of Modern Art.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence panoramic bike tour with gelato

Florence panoramic bike tour with gelato

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This bike tour allows you to see more of Florence in a shorter amount of time than possible on foot. Your private guide’s efficient and comprehensive itinerary covers the city’s top landmarks, as well as hidden gems and side streets often overlooked by large-group tours. In addition to navigating, your guide provides commentary about stops along the route and a necessary stop for authentic gelato.
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  • 2 hours
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$111.26
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Private Shore Trip in Florence and Pisa from Livorno Port

Private Shore Trip in Florence and Pisa from Livorno Port

Make the most of your time ashore, and see the highlights of Florence and Pisa all in one day, on this private shore excursion. Meet your driver directly at the Livorno port, climb into your private vehicle, and head to Florence. There, you’ll go on a multi-hour tour of the city. See the Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Repubblica, enjoy skip the line-access at the Accademia Gallery (home to Michelangelo’s David) and Santa Croce Basilica, and more. Then, transfer to Pisa, where you can discover its iconic Leaning Tower.
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  • 9 hours
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$790.95
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Florence outdoor walking Tour Small Group

Florence outdoor walking Tour Small Group

In our 3 hours walking tour you will be accompanied by a small group of people just like you and a professional english speaking guide who will show you the wonders of Florence and Renaissance. You will stroll around the city center, discovering all the secret about the family who ruled Florence: Medici Family. Your guide will lead you in a special path that includes all the must-see: Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza della Signoria with the beautiful Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio and its amazing view and Holy Cross Church.
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  • 3 hours
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$101.86
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Florence and the David: private walking tour

Florence and the David: private walking tour

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Take a whirlwind walking tour of Florence in just three hours with a private guide. With a flexible itinerary and the ability to travel at your own pace, you can make the most of your vacation time in the city. Highlights include the Academy Museums, where you'll get express entry without needing to wait in line, as well as Signoria Palace and the Piazza della Repubblica.
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  • 3 hours
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$221.89
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$221.89
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Discovering Florence With A Kids Friendly Guides

Discovering Florence With A Kids Friendly Guides

Explore Florence on foot with a private half-day walking tour. Join a kid-friendly guide to learn about the art and history of Florence while visiting the Accademia Gallery, the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum, and the Basilica di Santa Croce. Skip-the-line with priority access tickets and see famous works of art such as Michelangelo’s statue of David.
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  • 4 hours
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$316.27
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$316.27
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The Best of Florence, Milestones and Michelangelo's David

The Best of Florence, Milestones and Michelangelo's David

An excellent tour for an initial taste of the city's highlights. We will begin with Santa Croce square, and we will plunge into the century old Basilica of Santa Croce which houses, among other masterpieces, the final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo, amazing frescoes by Giotto and the Pazzi chapel. We will then proceed through the leather district, and arrive in Signoria palace, which has been the house of Florence's political power since its inauguration in 1301. We will then cross the Uffizi Gallery square, to admire the Ponte Vecchio bridge from a nice panoramic spot. We will touch the wild boar's nose for good luck, right before getting to Repubblica square, heart of the Roman city. After all this, we will proceed through the immortal Duomo complex, which will be on the route to the Accademia gallery. Finally, yet importantly, we will enter the Accademia gallery where we will be able to admire, among other famous monuments, the timeless statue of the David by Michelangelo.
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  • 4 hours
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$488.95
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$488.95
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Artisan Workshops: Guided Small-Group Walking Tour in Florence

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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  • 3 hours
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$98.76
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$98.76

Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from La Spezia

Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from La Spezia

Make the most of your time in port with a full-day, private tour of Tuscan y from LA Spezia port. See the vineyards and olive groves of the Chianti wine-producing region en route to Florence where you explore the city with a local to see hidden sights and tour popular sights like Michelangelo’s Square lookout and Ponte Vecchio. Embark on a three-hour guided walking tour or if you prefer, tour the city by air-conditioned van, equipped with wifi.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$1,100.08
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$1,100.08
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Pisa and Florence Private Tour from Lucca

Pisa and Florence Private Tour from Lucca

This is a prefect tour for first time travellers visiting this Region. You will have the chance to admire the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, and spend most of the day in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the World. Along the way our driver will provide tons of information about the area and our lifestyle while crossing part of the famous Tuscan countryside. From Pisa to Florence the drive will be surrounded by rollings hills where the Italian wine and olive oil is produced. A "must do" itinerary the get and overlook of this unique part of Italy. Enjoy a day with locals on board a comfortable air conditioned vehicle rather than a crowded bus!
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  • 8 hours
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$916.73
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$916.73
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