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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 Walking Tour with a Local GuideCity Packages

Florence Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, but there’s so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time, checking off top attractions such as the Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, and Giotto's Bell Tower.
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Florence Sightseeing Tour for Kids & Families with Gelato TastingCity Packages

Florence Sightseeing Tour for Kids & Families with Gelato Tasting

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Dig into the history of the Tuscan capital in a way the whole family will enjoy with this 2.5-hour walking tour of Florence for families. Join a kid-friendly guide as you explore Santa Croce, the San Lorenzo Market, the Porcellino, Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchio, and more. Keep kids engaged with interactive games and activities.
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Complete Florence Skip-the-line Full Day Guided Tour Uffizi David & Hotel Pickup

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Discover the best that Florence has to offer during this comprehensive private tour of the city’s main attractions. Enjoy skip-the-line admission and guided tours of the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria dell’Accademia. Visit top sights such as the Florence Cathedral, the Baptistery, and Ponte Vecchio and listen to engaging commentary from your guide throughout the day.
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Electric Cart Tour FlorenceCity Packages

Electric Cart Tour Florence

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Cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time when you book this tour of Florence's historic sights via golf cart. While a guide shares an insider's perspective on the culture and history of the birthplace of the Renaissance, you sit back and relax in the roomy electric cart. Meet the tour at a central point in the city; choose from morning or afternoon tour departures.
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Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart

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Zip around Tuscany's capital city, touring Florence aboard a convinent and eco-friendly electric gold cart. Explore the historic center of this 'cradle of Renaissance,' learning its many monumental sights and attractions through recorded commentary as you go. See such landmarks as the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the open-air Porcellino Market and lovely Ponte alle Grazie, a bridge destroyed during WWII and later reconstructed. Take in the surrounding scenery while your driver navigates the roads. You'll also have an opportunity to visit Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Italy's largest library.
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Bike Tour of Florence with Piazzale Michelangelo

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Discover Florence by bike, stopping at landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, and Piazza della Repubblica. Pedal down narrow lanes of the Oltrarno, an artisan neighborhood off the beaten path. This 2-hour tour, with a historian as your guide, offers three options to suit your personal schedule: morning, afternoon, or late evening. Benefit from the small-group atmosphere limited to 15 bicyclists.
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Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce BasilicaCity Packages

Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce Basilica

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Discover the long and important history of Florence’s Santa Croce Basilica, and learn how it earned the nickname ‘Temple of the Glories of Italy.’ Best known as a mausoleum housing the remains of Italian luminaries including Michelangelo, Dante and Galileo, the basilica is also home to many gems of Renaissance art. Get the most out of your visit and hear the legends that surround this house of worship from an expert English-speaking guide.
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Florence Must-See Sites Guided Tour with Local Guide City Packages

Florence Must-See Sites Guided Tour with Local Guide

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Walk in the company of a guide with local knowledge of Florence for a superb introduction to the city’s important squares. The 2-hour itinerary takes you from Piazza Santa Croce through Piazza del Duomo and onward to Piazza della Signoria. See the Bargello Palace, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Uffizi Gallery courtyard, and the Ponte Vecchio, to name a few landmarks. Numbers are limited to 15 people for a small-group experience.
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Florence city tour by Golf Cart

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Guided tour of the most important monuments of the city and the historic center of Florence. Buy time with an expert driver from the city of Florence. the best choice for disabled people to see the city up close.
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Best of Florence Tour by Night

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Experience Florence on a 2-hour evening walking tour with a small group and an art historian guide. Explore the center of the city without the crowds of the day and stop at historic squares, piazzas, and Renaissance statues. Learn about the city’s Roman history and modern day culture. Get local insights and learn about Florence’s storied past with informed commentary about the city’s art and architecture. This tour is an ideal relaxed introduction to the city and gives visitors a good foundation to explore further.
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Private Florence Highlights Walking Tour from Duomo to Santa CroceHalf-day Tours

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See the best of Florence with a private walking tour focused on the Renaissance. Join a knowledgeable guide for a tour of Florence's highlights, exploring its charming streets and pretty piazzas as you learn about monuments along the way.
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Florence by Night Guided Walking Tour:Duomo Old Bridge & All Must-See Highlights

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As one of Italy’s most visited cities, Florence is often packed with tourists during the day. With this guided walking tour, experience the magic of the city’s historic center by night when the streets are quieter and sights like the Duomo and its baptistery and bell tower, Palazzo Signoria, the Porcellino market, and Ponte Vecchio are theatrically lit.
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Amazing Florence Walking Tour -Small Group

Florence is a real amazing city with its small historic center, delicious cuisine and gorgeous sites to visit. Our walking tour begins with our guide at the Church of Santa Croce. Then you will visit Bargello Palace, a medieval fortress, and one of the many reasons behind the city being referred to as the ‘cradle’ of the Renaissance era. Continuing on is an exploration of the famous Ponte Vecchio, and the amazing political square, Piazza della Signoria, where the remarkable Uffizzi art Gallery museum is located; nearby the Boboli Gardens, chosen as the residence of the Grand Dukes of Medici, and the town hall Palazzo Vecchio. The tour continues to the oldest part of Florence: the Piazza del Duomo. This majestic site combines the awe-inspiring feel of the Cathedral, the amazing Dome of Brunelleschi, Giotto’s bell tower and the Baptistery with its Porta del Paradiso. The experience of Florence concludes at the Church of San Lorenzo and the surrounding area with all its bustling markets.
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Florence by rickshaw

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This tour of Florence is for sure he best way to enjoy the city. You can take advantage of relaxing in a comfortable rickshaw while we take you around the most beautiful city. We go through all the main sites also covering the more off the beaten track sites too. Bringing the city to life, giving you the special local touch.
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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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Half-day Florence Walking Tour of the City Must-See Sites with Local GuideCity Packages

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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Guided Tour of Florence by Night including Duomo and all the must-see highlights

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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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Explore the Renaissance charm of Florence the easy and eco-friendly way on an afternoon electric bike tour. Cruise through winding medieval streets and squares on a battery-boosted e-bike, passing by highlights like the Santa Croce Church, Piazza Duomo, the San Lorenzo Market and the banks of the River Arno. Effortlessly scale the hills around the city to take in panoramic views from romantic Piazzale Michelangelo, and enjoy the flexibility to stop often for photos.
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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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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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The Best of Florence: Private Evening Highlights TourCity Packages

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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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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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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Highlights of Florence Kids & Families Small Group Tour with Gelato

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See Florence in family-friendly style during this half-day, guided tour that’s designed with kids in mind. Play games, tackle trivia questions and hear stories about the city’s sights. Visit San Lorenzo Market, Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchi and more and enjoy a little free time to indulge in locally made gelato and other treats.
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