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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Discover the best of Florence during this 4-hour private walking tour. See the city’s famous landmarks such as the Duomo Cathedral, the Holy Cross Church, Ponte Vecchio and more as you listen to informative commentary from your guide about the history of the city. Then skip the long lines of the Uffizi Gallery for a guided tour of the museum and see masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Giotto, and more.
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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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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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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 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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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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Leave your guidebook behind and get a personal introduction to the history and treasures of Florence on a private walking tour starting right at your hotel. Trace the birth of the Renaissance on a carefully planned stroll past monuments like the Santa Croce Church, Piazza della Republica, and magnificent Duomo, plus many hidden gems. Your dedicated guide is like having a savvy local friend to show you around one of Europe's most beautiful cities.
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Enjoy the quaint streets and picturesque piazzas of Florence, accompanied by an expert guide, on this private walking tour. This tour will explore the history of the city, particularly the Renaissance, through the many important historical landmarks along the route. An expert guide will lead you on a fascinating walking tour through the streets and piazzas of Florence, following the city’s history, particularly the Renaissance, through the many historical landmarks along the route.
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A great introduction to the city, this walking tour hits several of Florence’s historic highlights. Visit Church of Santa Croce, Piazza del Duomo, the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio—a pedestrian bridge built in 1345 that is still in use today—and more. Then tour Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s masterpiece “David,” where you’ll enjoy skip-the-line access to the galleries.
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