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Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School

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Firenze, Italy

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Discover the history and artistic heritage of Florence’s Gothic masterpiece on a private tour of Santa Croce Basilica. Wander the cloisters and chapels, admiring original frescoes by Donatello and Giotto, and see the ornate tombs of Italian luminaries like Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo. Trace the roots of the famous Florentine leather industry on a tour of the church’s leather workshop, founded in the 13th century by Franciscan friars.
  • Private tour of the Santa Croce Basilica and Leather School in Florence
  • Visit the world's largest Franciscan church
  • Admire the ornate tombs of some of Italy's most famous artists and intellectuals
  • Watch artisans at work at the Leather School, which dates back to the Late Middle Ages
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Local professional Guide at your side
Earphones for groups of more than 7 participants
Basilicas Admission Ticket (to be paid on the spot) Full price ticket: € 8,00; Reduced price ticket: € 6,00 for children 11 to 17 years; Free admission for: children younger than 11 years old Family ticket: full price ticket: € 8,00 for adults and free admission for children younger than age 18
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Departure Point

Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and meet your private guide near the entrance to the basilica, located in the Piazza Santa Croce. Admire the striking neo-Gothic exterior constructed from polychrome marble before purchasing your entrance ticket and stepping inside the world’s largest Franciscan church.

Learn about the nearly 700-year history of Santa Croce from your expert guide as you wander through the various chapels adorned with frescoes by Renaissance masters such as Donatello and Giotto. See the many magnificent tombs and funerary monuments that mark the final resting place some of Italy's greatest artists and thinkers, including Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Ghiberti. Pass through the solid marble pillars of the Brunelleschi Cloister, and take in the serenity of the Pazzi Chapel inside the Ancient Cloister.

Visit the adjacent Leather School, where Franciscan monks began working with leather as early as the 13th century. Learn how the workshop’s location near the Arno River provided the water supply needed for early leatherworking methods, and watch skilled artisans at work carrying on this Florentine tradition as they create purses, bags, and belts by hand using time-honored methods.

Please note: The Leather School is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Basilica of Santa Croce
Santa Croce Basilica is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a façade clad in polychrome marble. This is the ancient church in which the Franciscan friars chose to set up and begin treating pelts and leather and meditate in peace in a place that was, at that time, located outside the city walls. We will admire, from close up, the beautiful frescoes by Giotto and Agnolo Gaddi, the “Crucifix” and “Annunciation” by Donatello and the world-famous funerary monuments and tombs of illustrious figures from the past such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. Next, we will enter the elegant “Brunelleschi Cloister” bordered by columns carved from pure stone, and then pass into the fourteenth-century “Ancient Cloister” at the end of which lies the beautiful “Pazzi Chapel”, a sublime example of Renaissance harmony, also the work of Brunelleschi.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Scuola del Cuoio
After visiting the Basilica and cloisters, there will be a chance to visit a workshop that goes back to the 13th century, when the Franciscan monks first settled in this area on the banks of the river Arno. The earliest hide and leather working activity was established here, where the large quantities of water required for leather processing are freely available. The Franciscan monks of the Santa Croce monastery dedicated their efforts to this activity, and their leather-working techniques have been preserved over the centuries by the master craftsmen who still work in the delightful old workshops at the School of Leather (except on Saturday and Sunday), which you will be visiting; an extraordinary Renaissance workshop adjacent to the Basilica, where history, tradition and exceptional quality are combined to produce authentic Florentine craftwork. A real "top must see” amazing place.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY CAF Tour and Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School.

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rhermed
, Aug 2019
Awesome experience thank you for everything. Guide with Really good knowledge about the basilica. Really recommended.
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So much information! Seeing Santa...
James
, Apr 2018
So much information! Seeing Santa Croce is a beautiful experience, but our guide was able to share history, personality, and glorious stories not only about the Basilica and its history, but also of the pantheon of Florentines interred therein. Highly Recommended.

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