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

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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  • 2 hours
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$35.91
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Private Florence Highlights Walking Tour from Duomo to Santa Croce

Private Florence Highlights Walking Tour from Duomo to Santa Croce

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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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  • 3 hours
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$147.35
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Artisan Workshops: Guided Small-Group Walking Tour in Florence

Artisan Workshops: Guided Small-Group Walking Tour in Florence

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Meet the artisans who are keeping Florence’s ancient craft traditions alive on a small-group shopping tour. Visit artisan workshops to see how traditional Italian and Florentine products like leather goods, marbled paper, and mosaics are made using methods passed down through the centuries. Browse quality handmade goods and pick up one-of-a-kind souvenirs to take-home. 
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  • 3 hours
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$102.04
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$102.04

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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Child-friendly Tour of Florence Highlights including the David & Gelato Tasting

Child-friendly Tour of Florence Highlights including the David & Gelato Tasting

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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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  • 3 hours
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Electric Bike Experience around Florence - private tour

Electric Bike Experience around Florence - private tour

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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  • 2 hours
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Florence Dome climbing city view hotel pickup & Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

Florence Dome climbing city view hotel pickup & Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

Known as the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is such a treasure trove of art and architecture that it’s hard to know where to begin. With this private walking tour, enjoy an introduction to the city’s highlights as well as skip-the-line tickets to the Duomo to visit the church, bell tower, baptistery, and even the top of Brunelleschi’s famed dome to take in the view over the city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Full Day Florence Tour with Accademia and Uffizi Gallery

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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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Florence Highlights Walking Tour including Michelangelo's David

Best of Florence Highlights Walking Tour including Michelangelo's David

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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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  • 3 hours
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Florence Top-Sites Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Access to Michelangelo David

Florence Top-Sites Guided Tour with Skip-The-Line Access to Michelangelo David

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Known as the “cradle of the Renaissance”, Florence’s countless masterpieces of art and architecture can be daunting to first-time visitors. With this guided walking tour of the historic center, get an overview of the city’s treasures without being overwhelmed. See highlights like Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio, then visit the Accademia, skipping the long line to spend more time admiring Michelangelo’s iconic “David” statue.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Shore Excursion to Florence from Livorno with official guide in Florence

Private Shore Excursion to Florence from Livorno with official guide in Florence

Leave your cruise ship in Livorno, and pay a visit to Florence with your own personal driver. Offering a start time that can be adjusted to your cruise schedule, the shore excursion includes private transport, a port pickup and drop-off, and ample time in Florence with a tour guide. You’ll hear the history behind Florence Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, and find the best photo stops as you explore the Renaissance city in Tuscany.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour Around Local Handcrafts

Private Tour Around Local Handcrafts

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Beyond fine art, Florence is known for its rich artisan heritage. Discover how local artisans are keeping this tradition alive on a private handcraft tour that gives new meaning to the phrase ‘Made in Italy.’ Depending on your interests, visit workshops specializing in leather, jewelry, paper, furniture, watches, and other Florentine goods that have been made by hand for centuries using time-honored methods.
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  • 3 hours
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Pisa/Florence from Livorno

Pisa/Florence from Livorno

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An english speaking driver will tell you what you will see in this tour. All the vehicles are very good and new, well cleaned and you have just to enjoy your transfer. When you arrive, you can feel and taste the atmosphere of the Italian city,and if you like, we can pass trough a country street, to have a little bit of Tuscany country taste!
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Cycling in Florence: a different way to explore the town

Cycling in Florence: a different way to explore the town

Discover the top sights of Florence by bike on a 2.5-hour cycling tour of the UNESCO listed city center and more. Set at a leisurely pace, the tour is ideal for visitors of all ages. Enjoy frequent stops to take photos and learn about your surroundings.  The well-rounded tour also includes a bottle of water to keep you hydrated and a complimentary gelato.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Florence Tour of Must-See Sites from Duomo to Santa Croce & Old Bridge

Private Florence Tour of Must-See Sites from Duomo to Santa Croce & Old Bridge

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Get to know the birthplace of the Renaissance on a private walking tour that reveals the secrets and the stories behind Florence landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio, Duomo, and Piazza della Signoria, plus a few hidden treasures. Avoid aimless wandering and let a personal guide orient you to the city’s maze-like medieval layout, so you can confidently explore during the rest of your stay.
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  • 2 hours
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La Spezia Shore Excursion : Pisa and Florence Private Tour

La Spezia Shore Excursion : Pisa and Florence Private Tour

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When your cruise ship docks in La Spezia, benefit from a private full-day shore excursion to Pisa and Florence to see each city’s top sights and the lovely Tuscan countryside. Snap photos at the Piazza dei Miracoli where the Leaning Tower of Pisa is located, and take in Florence attractions including the Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo, and Ponte Vecchio. Transportation is provided by comfortable minivan with an informative driver-guide.
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  • 9 to 18 hours
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Florence Sightseeing Tour with Uffizi Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket

Florence Sightseeing Tour with Uffizi Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket

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Spend an artistic afternoon exploring the treasures in and around Florence on this sightseeing tour. Soak up spectacular panoramic views from the ancient Etruscan hill town of Fiesole, and learn the history behind medieval city landmarks like Santa Croce Church and the open-air museum of Piazza della Signoria. Finish with a skip-the-line visit to the renowned Ufizzi Gallery, where you can admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, Rafael, Botticelli and other Renaissance greats.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private 3-Hour Food Tour of Florence

Private 3-Hour Food Tour of Florence

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Taste your way through Florence's local cuisine during this 3-hour small-group food tour. Follow your culinary expert guide to local food purveyors in the streets and alleys of Florence, listening to stories and interesting facts about the city as you stroll. Start your day with an authentic Italian espresso, then stop Central Market of San Lorenzo to walk among the stalls of fresh produce. Taste some local Chianti, Ribollita (Tuscan soup) and fluffy pastries at a Florentine bakery. Finish your tour with a classic gelato. All tastings are included.
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  • 3 hours
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$82.66
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The Best of Florence: Private Evening Highlights Tour

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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  • 2 hours
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$104.16
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Private Tour: Artisans of Florence Walking Tour

Private Tour: Artisans of Florence Walking Tour

Discover the age-old artisan traditions that still thrive in Florence on a private 6-hour tour of local craft shops. Travel off the beaten path to visit workshops were specialty Florentine trades like paper marbling, ceramics, book restoration and leather making are carried out by skilled craftspeople. Chat with artisans through your local guide, and indulge a taste for luxury goods at the Santa Croce Church School of Leather and the Ferragamo or Gucci museum. behind masterpieces by Renaissance greats including Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.
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  • 3 hours
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$176.41
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Florence Tour and Sightseeing of the City Top-Places with Local Guide

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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  • 2 hours
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$39.96
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Streaty - Street Food Tour of Florence

Streaty - Street Food Tour of Florence

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Most of tourists spend their time having bites at the touristy market of San Lorenzo. We take travelers to the real Florentine food market of Sant'Ambrogio, where locals have their daily shopping and fill up their belly with some tasty and sometimes challenging bites! Your guide will explain you seasonal recipes and give you insights on locals' daily life. You will have the chance to try foods not available in restaurants and often not even mentioned in guidebooks. We offer whatever is local, seasonal and traditional. no tourist traps of any kind! All guides are local. They present their own city from locals' perspective without filters of any kind.
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  • 3 hours
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Private tour of Florence with a visit to the Cathedral - LAST MINUTE

Private tour of Florence with a visit to the Cathedral - LAST MINUTE

Get a comprehensive overview of Florence during this 2-hour private tour. Whether it’s last minute or you just want to see the city’s highlights, this tour covers all the main attractions. Visit the Santo Spirito district, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Church, the famous Florence Cathedral, and much more throughout the tour. Listen to informative commentary from your guide and learn about the rich history of this Italian Renaissance city.
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  • 2 hours
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Half-day Florence Walking Tour of the City Must-See Sites with Local Guide

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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  • 2 hours
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$39.96
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$39.96
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