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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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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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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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Florence Tours with professional guide 5 hours

Florence Tours with professional guide 5 hours

A beautiful drive and walk visiting, with a professional guide and a professional driver, all the beautys of Florence and learn about the history.
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Explore Florence w/ Michelangelo's David Skip-the-Line Tour

Explore Florence w/ Michelangelo's David Skip-the-Line Tour

If this is your first time to Florence and you want to make the most out of it, then this 2.5-hour private tour to discover the highlights is for you! You'll walk around the main landmarks and see some hidden gems too. Not only, you'll have a unique experience to visit the Accademia Gallery with an art historian guide to see the famous David by Michelangelo. Meet your guide at the Basilica of Santa Croce and your walk will begin. As you make your way around the sights, listen as your guide explains the history of the city and gives you insight into famous Florentines of the past. Some of the highlights you'll see are: Piazza della Signoria, the famous bridge - Ponte Vecchio, the town hall - Palazzo Vecchio, the main Cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery and more. Enjoy skip-the-line entry into the famous Accademia Gallery where you'll see Michelangelo's marvellous sculpture of 'David' up close as well as other collections. It's the ideal way to discover the city of art!
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Highlights of Florence Private Treasure Hunt for Kids & Families with Gelato

Highlights of Florence Private Treasure Hunt for Kids & Families with Gelato

If you have just one day to spend in Florence and you want to enjoy an amazing experience with your family this scavenger hunt is the perfect solution for you all! You will enjoy a 2.5 hour private experience playing games, treasure hunts, quizzes and much more! You will not miss the highlights of Florence, such us: Santa Croce square, piazza della Signoria, Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Porcellino Market, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Duomo, Piazza San Lorenzo and much more. Your family will have a lot of fun while learning!
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Michelangelo's David & Florence Art Academy Treasure Hunt for Kids & Families

Michelangelo's David & Florence Art Academy Treasure Hunt for Kids & Families

Add a family-friendly adventure to your Florence itinerary with this 2.5-hour scavenger hunt that hits the city’s top landmarks. In addition to navigating, your guide offers clues, hints, and kid-friendly anecdotes at each stop along the way, from Piazza Santa Croce to the Accademia Gallery. Booking a private tour ensures your guide’s full attention and an intimate experience.
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A coach ride across Florence, with a sweet surprise

A coach ride across Florence, with a sweet surprise

Once you get to Florence, you may like to have a pleasant, unusual stroll of the town centre, without finding yourself standing in a queue or stuck in chaotic streets. This tour will allow you to go round Florence centre on a comfortable private coach, while a professional guide will show and explain all the most outstanding places you will encounter. A perfect experience for couples as well, who may just sit down and look at the sunset, at the relaxing pace of horses. At the end, a homemade ice cream or a hot chocolate (in wintertime) will be a sweet ending for this unique time.
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Fly over history: a hot air balloon cruise above Florence and its surroundings

Fly over history: a hot air balloon cruise above Florence and its surroundings

The ultimate "skip the line" tour of the wonders of Florence is the one who allows you to see them from right above. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of a smooth, silent flight on a hot air balloon, watching the red rooftops of the town centre, its domes and towers, and on the other side the sweet, green harmony of the surrounding hillside, famous for some of the best vineyards in the world. An exclusive toast, with a glass of Chianti Classico, will help you to get "back to Earth".
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Another Florence walking tour

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Another Florence walking tour

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We consider our tours as an artesan product so in this page you won’t find the “common” description of them nor the list of places you will see. Each Tour Leader has a different background, different personality and different passions, for us this means different tours, routes and ways of leading – take the adventure! Another Florence – team will guide you through the history of the city, from the time of the Etruscans until the present day, of course passing through the beautiful masterpieces of Renaissance. Our wish is to show you the most authentic part of Florence, the most amazing places away from the crowds and to tell you stories you’d never read on common travel books. This is the reason why our passionate Tour Leaders will guide you through the beautiful streets of of this city with the perspective of a local, and they will bring to life some of the best local stories and legends that will make your time in Florence unforgettable.
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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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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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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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From the Middle Ages to the Stars

From the Middle Ages to the Stars

A journey that will take you to discover the most characteristic museums of the city. It will start from the Basilica of Santa Croce with the famous tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo and then visit the Bargello National Museum with sculptures and masterpieces by Michelangelo, the Galileo Galilei science museum, the Ponte Vecchio and the city across the river, ending with the square Holy spirit.
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Kid-Friendly Best of Michelangelo in Florence Tour w Academy Gallery Fast Access

Kid-Friendly Best of Michelangelo in Florence Tour w Academy Gallery Fast Access

Eliminate the stress of sightseeing with kids on this private family-friendly tour of Florence. Your guide makes Michelangelo’s life and legacy accessible to children and families of all ages through interactive games and commentary at each stop along the way. The itinerary features Santa Croce Basilica, Piazza del Duomo, and convenient skip-the-line access to the Accademia Gallery.
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Florence Evening Highlights Walk - Private Tour w/ Local Guide

Florence Evening Highlights Walk - Private Tour w/ Local Guide

Are you looking for a unique way to experience Florence? Why not try this 2-hour evening walking tour with your own private guide. Explore the highlights, learn about the history, hear stories about famous Florentines, all while you take in the atmosphere by night. From the meeting place in Piazza Santa Croce you'll head off on a walk through the narrow, characteristic streets, cross small squares, and be surprised around every corner. At this time of night, it's an enjoyable way to take in the touristic sights with less people on the streets and cooler temperatures. Your guide has the perfect itinerary organized for you, which include: Santa Croce Church where many Florentine artists are buried, the magnificent Duomo with its Baptistery and Bell Tower, the famous Ponte Vecchio lined with jewellery shops, rub the nose of the porcellino statue to ensure your return to the city and the political center, Piazza della Signoria where you can see the copy of Michelangelo's David and more.
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Walking Tour in Florence - Private Tour

Walking Tour in Florence - Private Tour

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City Florence Tours invites you to visit the main attractions of the city of Florence through a 3-hour guided walking tour, through this visit you will cross the Ponte Vecchio, walk outside the Uffizi Gallery, passing under the Vasari Corridor and arriving in the Piazza della Signoria, where you will be enraptured by the beauty of the Palazzo Vecchio, you can also admire one of the two copies of the David and the statue of Neptune. Continuing along Via Calzaiuoli, you will arrive in the Duomo complex, composed of Giotto's bell tower, the cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, the Baptistery and the immense dome designed and built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Afterwards you will continue from the Dante Alighieri district to the church of Orsanmichele. Your guide will also accompany you to see the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, burial site of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Machiavelli and Rossini, as well as one of the greatest achievements of Gothic architecture in Italy.
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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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Half-Day Florence Private Tour with Professional Photographer

Half-Day Florence Private Tour with Professional Photographer

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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Pisa and Florence with Driver Private Shore Excursion By Car

Pisa and Florence with Driver Private Shore Excursion By Car

Florence is the capital of Tuscany, and the birthplace and symbol of the Renaissance that has gifted the world with celebrated artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Raphael and Sandro Botticelli... prominent thinkers and writers like Machiavelli and Dante, and revered scientists like Galileo. You will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the greatest and most influential Florentines as you explore the historic center and discover Florence’s most important heritage sites. PLEASE NOTE Your driver is NOT a licensed tour guide. This is as Tour By Car with only an English Speaking Driver (it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours). To comply with italian strict laws, drivers are obliged to remain with the vehicle while guests sightsee on their own away from the vehicle. Driver will wait for you with the vehicle while you SELF TOUR.
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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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Florence Full Day with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Florence Full Day with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Pick up right in front of your ship in Livorno will give you the opportunity to travel into the heart of Tuscany and visit this top destination: Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance. Florence is the cradle of Renaissance that produced some of the most significant thinkers, scientists, philosophers, and artists in Italy, and the overwhelming works of art in Florence attests the historical and cultural impact of that era. Whether you are fascinated by Italy’s Renaissance history, art, architecture...or prefer to stroll through its fascinating piazzas and shop for Italy’s finest leather goods, gold jewelry, and designer labels, Florence has something special to offer all its visitors. This is as Tour By Car with only an English Speaking Driver (it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours). Italian laws permits only licensed tour guides to accompany guests on foot to sightsee. To comply with these strict laws, Driver will wait for you with the vehicle while you SELF TOUR.
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Kids & Families Michelangelo Florence Tour w/ Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery

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Kids & Families Michelangelo Florence Tour w/ Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery

On this 2.5-hour private tour you'll enjoy skip-the-line tickets to discover the majestic works of art in the world famous Accademia Gallery in Florence. Together with your kid-friendly guide, you will gain insight into the history behind the city highlights, learn about Florentine artists and more. Meet your guide in Piazza Santa Croce and meander through the narrow streets and piazzas as you marvel at the numerous landmarks along the way. See the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, the Holy Cross Church and finally, the Accademia Gallery where you will enter with priority tickets. The kids will be entertained with games and activities, using iPads to help them learn about art and history, while still having fun! Here you can learn about the master, Michelangelo’s works of art; sculptures, paintings, projects, and most importantly, see his best-known statue of “David”. This is the perfect combination of art, history and city sightseeing for the whole family!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

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When your cruise calls at Livorno, set off to explore Florence and Pisa on this private 9-hour shore excursion. With a personal chauffeur, travel to Pisa to admire the Leaning Tower and continue to Florence to see its Renaissance treasures independently. Perhaps choose to visit the Accademia Gallery (own expense) to see Michelangelo’s ‘David,’ and take in the likes of the Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, and more. Upgrade to include a 3-hour guided tour in Florence.
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  • 9 hours
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