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Florence Santa Croce Basilica (Basilica di Santa Croce) Tours

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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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83 Tours and Activities to Experience Florence Santa Croce Basilica (Basilica di Santa Croce)

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Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Discover Italian art, history and culture on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Florence. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and travel around the city’s top attractions, hopping on and off as you like. See the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo, the burial spot of Galileo and Machiavelli at Santa Croce church and more. Your pass includes unlimited rides for the duration selected and 360-degree views from the open air of the upper deck.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$22.01
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Florence: Santa Croce Church Tour

Florence: Santa Croce Church Tour

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Santa Croce Basilica is among the most important and beautiful churches in Florence, so enrich your visit to the so-called “Temple of the Italian Glories” on a tour led by an official licensed guide. See the tombs of luminaries including Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli, admire museum-worthy frescoes by Giotto, and learn about the design of this Franciscan jewel.
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  • 1 hour
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Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce Basilica

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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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School

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

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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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Florence Electric Bike Tour with Farm and Delicious Gelato

Florence Electric Bike Tour with Farm and Delicious Gelato

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Saddle up and see Florence and Fiesole on an electric bike tour. Led by a local guide, head first to the hilltop town of Fiesole to admire panoramic views of Tuscany. Then cycle through Florence to pass top sites like Piazzale Michelangelo, the Ponte Vecchio, and the iconic Duomo, as your guide provides commentary along the way. Take a break at a Florentine wine bar to sample some snacks and local Chianti blend. The electric bike motor will start as soon as you pedal so you can enjoy a leisurely trip.
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  • 4 hours
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Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

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Spend a day exploring the Italian cities of Florence and Pisa while in port in Livorno. With private pickup from your cruise, see the iconic Florence Duomo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa before returning to your ship at the end of the day. Upgrade your ticket to include a 3-hour tour in Florence with a private guide and skip-the-line entry to the Accademia and Uffizi galleries.
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  • 9 hours
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All Florence and Hills guided city tour with Accademia and Uffizi skip the line

All Florence and Hills guided city tour with Accademia and Uffizi skip the line

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Discover the rich culture, history and architectural gems of Florence on a not to be missed full-day sightseeing tour. Led by a local guide, reach on a GT Bus the gorgeous Piazzale Michelangelo and the Etruscan town of Fiesole, the most beautiful panoramic spots overlooking the city. Skip the line at the famed Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, home of world-famous masterpieces as the Michelangelo’s David and the Birt of Venus by Botticelli. Then, explore the bustling Piazza della Signoria and the stunning Duomo complex. To upgrade your ticket, opt for an authentic Italian lunch at a local historic restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
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Florence Night Segway Tour

Florence Night Segway Tour

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Glide around the beautiful streets of Florence on an evening tour by Segway. See the iconic Florence Duomo, the bustle of Piazza della Signoria, and the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of famous Italians such as Galileo and Michelangelo. Enjoy a stop before returning to your original departure point. Numbers are limited to eight on this tour to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Florence and Hills Day Tour with Accademia, Uffizi and Historic Center

Private Florence and Hills Day Tour with Accademia, Uffizi and Historic Center

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Explore the Renaissance city of Florence on a full-day tour with a private guide. See top attractions such as Michelangelo’s 'David' at the Accademia Gallery, Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower, San Lorenzo Basilica, Uffizi Galleries and more. Learn the stories and rich history behind each site that you pass, soaking up the personal attention from your private guide, with a tasty lunch included (if option selected).
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  • 8 hours
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Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters

Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters

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Get an in-depth look at three beautiful churches as well as their ancient cloisters on this private tour in Florence. Visit the churches of San Lorenzo, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella before sitting down to a simple Tuscan lunch (if upgrade selected).
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  • 3 hours
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Best of Florence Walking Tour

Best of Florence Walking Tour

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From masterpieces of Renaissance art to royal Medici intrigue, Florence is like a living history museum waiting to be explored. Uncover its medieval secrets on this guided 2-hour walking tour of historic highlights including the Pitti Palace, Ponte Vecchio, Church of Santa Croce, Piazza della Repubblica and the iconic Duomo. Hear your guide’s live narration clearly through an audio headset, and stop at one of the city’s best ‘gelaterias’ for a scoop of ice cream.
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  • 2 hours
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$29.74
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Florence: 24hr, 48hr & 72hr Hop-On Hop-Off Guided Walking Tour

Florence: 24hr, 48hr & 72hr Hop-On Hop-Off Guided Walking Tour

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With your Vox City Walks pass, discover Florence with unlimited sightseeing. Join and leave our flexible walking tour circuits as you please; escorted by local experts who are on hand to meet you throughout the day. Simply track your nearest expert in real-time with our app and begin uncovering 100s of key sights, including Duomo II, Ponte Vecchio & Uffizi Palace! Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Tuscany capital, thanks to the engaging storytelling from your live guide. Hop-off your guided tour and self-guide whenever you wish; perhaps to admire Florence' array of Renaissance architectures and popular art galleries. Tune into your multilingual audio commentary, navigate through suggested itineraries, pinpoint sights and discover the best photo spots, all offline, day or night - it couldn't be easier! When you're ready, join an escorted tour at your nearest meeting point and continue your exploration! Vox City is the flexible and unique way to discover Florence.
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Florence and Pisa Private Tour from Livorno

Florence and Pisa Private Tour from Livorno

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Delve into the heart of beautiful Tuscany, and visit two of the region’s highlight cities, on this seamless shore excursion. Meet your guide at the Livorno Port, and travel via air-conditioned minivan to Florence. As this is a private tour, you’ll explore the city at your own pace: see the Duomo, browse its craft markets, admire the Piazza della Repubblica, and more. Your second stop is Pisa and its UNESCO-listed Piazza dei Miracoli, where you’ll encounter the world-famous Leaning Tower.
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  • 9 hours
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Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour of Florence

Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour of Florence

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Explore the life and scientific legacy of one of the most famous Florentines on a private tour revolving around Galileo. Visit the astronomer’s namesake museum to learn about his life and see historic telescopes, and pay tribute at a forum and statue dedicated to him at the Observatory Museum. After learning about Galileo’s controversial theories and discoveries, finish the journey in front of his tomb inside the Basilica of Santa Croce.
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  • 4 hours
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$237.92
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Sightseeing Guided Tour of Florence by Night including Duomo & Palazzo Vecchio

Sightseeing Guided Tour of Florence by Night including Duomo & Palazzo Vecchio

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Explore the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence on a 2-hour evening tour. See the historic city come alive as the sun sets and see key landmarks like the Duomo Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Church, and much more. Listen to stories and anecdotes from your informative guide as you stroll through the streets with a small group of no more than 15 guests.
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  • 2 hours
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San Lorenzo Market Food and Wine Tour in Florence

San Lorenzo Market Food and Wine Tour in Florence

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Dig into the delicious culinary history of the Tuscan capital with this 4-hour food and wine tour of Florence. Join a knowledgeable local guide for visits to 7 places to eat or drink in the historic center – trattorias, restaurants, pastry shops, gelaterias, wineries and more. Check out the food vendors in the bustling San Lorenzo Market. Take this tour on your first day in Florence so you can eat better for the rest of your stay. Come hungry!
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  • 4 hours
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Evening Exclusive Private Walking Tour of the Best of Florence with Local Guide

Evening Exclusive Private Walking Tour of the Best of Florence with Local Guide

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Get a new perspective on Florence’s Renaissance charms on an evening walking tour, after the heats and crowds of the day have died down. See illuminated monuments like Santa Croce Church, Ponte Vecchio, and the Duomo, plus some lesser-known treasures well worth a look. Learn about the city’s ancient history as a private guide leads you on a well-planned route, stopping to savor a scoop of gelato along the way.
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  • 2 hours
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$82.74
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Secret Food Tours Florence w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tours Florence w/ Private Tour Option

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A passionate and experienced English-speaking local guide Great insight into Florentine and Tuscan food Stories about Florence food culture and history Secret local facts Small intimate groups (10 people max)
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  • 3 hours
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Santa Croce - the Temple of Italic Glories

Santa Croce - the Temple of Italic Glories

The Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence was a point of attraction already in the XIX century. It is also known as the "Pantheon of Italic Glory". The monumental tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Niccolò Machiavell are the first that come to our attention. The church itself is rather impressive. The XIX century French writer Stendhal was so overwhelmed with the beauty of his surroundings that it made him feel ill. The Stendhal Syndrome became notorious, after this first instance. At Santa Croce you will find not only sculptures and tombs but a number of paintings. Giotto worked there, and the two chapels frescoed by him are corner-stones of Italian painting. Agnolo Gaddi frescoed the beautiful Central Chapel with the Stories of the True Cross. He also worked at the Castellani Chapel and left us Episodes of the lives of four saints. A great variety of art works and styles makes the visit even more interesting, as the pieces are still in the same places they were created for.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery Tour plus Florence City Highlights

Private Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery Tour plus Florence City Highlights

Explore the magic of Florence and its marvellous highlights on this 2.5-hour private tour with your own local guide. Make your way around the city's landmarks on foot, with a personalized visit to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's David. Meet your guide at the Santa Croce church and start your walk towards the historical center. You'll see famous buildings like the Palazzo Vecchio, symbols of the city such as the main Cathedral with it's dome shaped roof, cobbled streets, bridges like the Ponte Vecchio, museums like the Uffizi Gallery and more. These are just some of the sights you'll take in. Along the way your knowledgeable guide will acquaint you with the history of the city and stories from the past. Enjoy skip-the-line entry into the Accademia Gallery and avoid the queues to see one of the most visited sculptures in the city; Michelangelo's masterpiece, the David, as well as other impressive collections of artworks. This is an ideal way to discover beautiful Florence!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$236.73
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Florence Bike Tour

Florence Bike Tour

A uniquely pleasant way to discover the city, bike tour is one of the most distinct ways to explore the city. Enjoy a glimpse of all the hidden treasures in the birthplace of Renaissance. Take joy in the beautiful landscape of Florence while taking a relax bike ride with an expert English speaking guide.
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  • 2 hours
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Discovering Galileo Museum in Florence Private Tour for Kids & Families

Discovering Galileo Museum in Florence Private Tour for Kids & Families

Welcome to Florence! Would you like to introduce your children to the man that revolutionized science, leaving an indelible legacy which still affects our lives today? Our Galileo Galilei Tour for Kids in Florence is an excursion the whole family will enjoy. With an expert English- speaking guide, history and science come to life to inspire and delight one and all. You will learn all about the life and scientific discoveries of Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer, considered one of the most important revolutionaries in the field of science.
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$117.77
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Florence: Culture & Shopping. Must-See Attractions & visit of Artisans Shops

Florence: Culture & Shopping. Must-See Attractions & visit of Artisans Shops

Combine personalized attention with an insider look at Florence's culture and shopping attractions. Follow your dedicated guide on carefully curated tour designed to showcase the best of Florence's culture, with some fun stops to see artisan-made leather in production and tastes of the city's favorite ice cream. You can move at your own pace and ask plenty of questions.
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  • 3 hours
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$131.05
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Florence Gourmet Tour with Food Wine and Guided Sightseeing of City Highlights

Florence Gourmet Tour with Food Wine and Guided Sightseeing of City Highlights

Stroll through Florence with a guide and small group, stopping at must-see sights and culinary outposts along the way. You'll check many of the iconic Florence sights off of your list—churches of San Lorenzo and Santa Croce, the Brunelleschi Dome, the Giotto bell tower—as well as enjoy seven food stops. Taste everything from cured meat to artisanal ice cream along the way.
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  • 4 hours
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$95.17
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