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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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Uffizi Gallery and Holy Cross Church Private Walking Tour

Uffizi Gallery and Holy Cross Church Private Walking Tour

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Maximize time in Florence with this private half-day walking tour of the Uffizi Gallery and Holy Cross Church. Skip the line at the entrance to the Uffizi Gallery with premium access tickets and learn about the stories behind the museum’s collection. Visit Holy Cross Church to see the burial place of Michelangelo. With a private guide, this tour can be personalized according to your interests.
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  • 4 hours
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Uffizi Gallery Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Uffizi Gallery Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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Come face-to-face with some of the world's most celebrated paintings on a skip-the-line tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Beat the crowds at the extremely popular museum, and tour highlights of the immense collection with an art historian guide. Trace the evolution of European painting, from the Middle Ages through the creative burst of the Renaissance and into the Mannerist period, learning the stories and techniques behind masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and many others.
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  • 2 hours
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Morning route of the Historic Center

Morning route of the Historic Center

A journey of discovery of the city, which will give you a taste of the characteristics that have made Florence famous throughout the world as "the cradle of the Renaissance". A journey of 2 hours to start getting to know the city, walking through its most beautiful streets and squares and discovering the greatest personalities of its history. A tour that starts from the Roman origins of Florence up to the centuries-old history of the Medici family. We organize the tour early in the morning to take advantage of the mild climate of the early hours of the day and then leave the rest of the day free with tips and directions on the most beautiful places and museums to visit.
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  • 3 hours
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Dedicated to those who want to experience a different evening, surrounded by the evocative atmosphere of the Historic Florence. An evening of culture and entertainment, which will begin with a walking tour of the historic center with one of our guides, will continue with a Tango show and a dinner with various menu options: from typical Tuscan dishes to a traditional Argentine menu (for those wants to stay on topic). Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are also available for those who wish to request it.
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  • 4 hours
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Florence: 1.5-hour Santa Croce guided experience

Florence: 1.5-hour Santa Croce guided experience

Get ready to admire some of the most beautiful and unique works of art and sculpture in the world. Some of the most famous and illustrious personalities of the Italian and Florentine world rest in this sacred place: Galileo Galilei, Foscolo and Macchiavelli are some of them. You will admire Giotto's cycle of frescoes, one of the most famous in the world, as well as the opportunity to be enchanted by Giorgio Vasari's Last Supper. You will visit the Complex of the Basilica of Santa Croce, with the Cloister of Arnolfo and the Last Supper. Enjoy a 1.5-hour experience inside one of the most particular and rich in history places in the city of Florence.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Обзорная экскурсия по лоренции.

Обзорная экскурсия по лоренции.

Если вы впервые во Флоренции, то именно этот тур будет лучшим началом для знакомства с городом! Во время этого тура я познакомлю вас с главными достопримечательностями города в сопровождении интересного рассказа о истории Флоренции, о её правителях династии Медичи, о великих мастерах которые работали и прославляли Флоренцию.
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  • 2 to 3 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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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: 24hr, 48hr & 72hr Hop-On Hop-Off Guided Walking Tour

Florence: 24hr, 48hr & 72hr Hop-On Hop-Off Guided Walking Tour

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With your Vox City Walks pass, discover Florence with unlimited sightseeing. Join and leave our flexible walking tour circuits as you please; escorted by local experts who are on hand to meet you throughout the day. Simply track your nearest expert in real-time with our app and begin uncovering 100s of key sights, including Duomo II, Ponte Vecchio & Uffizi Palace! Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Tuscany capital, thanks to the engaging storytelling from your live guide. Hop-off your guided tour and self-guide whenever you wish; perhaps to admire Florence' array of Renaissance architectures and popular art galleries. Tune into your multilingual audio commentary, navigate through suggested itineraries, pinpoint sights and discover the best photo spots, all offline, day or night - it couldn't be easier! When you're ready, join an escorted tour at your nearest meeting point and continue your exploration! Vox City is the flexible and unique way to discover Florence.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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VIRTUAL TOUR: All About Michelangelo in Florence

VIRTUAL TOUR: All About Michelangelo in Florence

Michelangelo, I love you! Follow us on a virtual tour about this artist's life, deeply connected to main landmarks in Florence. His birth, his childhood, his life experiences: not only a sculptor and a painter, but a young boy and later a man too. We will try to answer to some of the questions about this genius: was he really bad tempered? Was he really a good friend and a supporter of the Medici family? Did he later change his mind? Why did he join the Florentine Repubblica? Why had he a broken nose? Why did he never go back to Florence but in a coffin? Let's figure out the answers for these questions while virtually visiting the best highlights of Florence: Palazzo Medici, Santa Croce, San Lorenzo, Palazzo Vecchio. We will jump from one side of the city to another searching for the authentic Michelangelo. Dont' worry, we will not get tired of walking because we will be comfortably seated at home!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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