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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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Pisa and Florence Private Tour from Lucca

Pisa and Florence Private Tour from Lucca

This is a prefect tour for first time travellers visiting this Region. You will have the chance to admire the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, and spend most of the day in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the World. Along the way our driver will provide tons of information about the area and our lifestyle while crossing part of the famous Tuscan countryside. From Pisa to Florence the drive will be surrounded by rollings hills where the Italian wine and olive oil is produced. A "must do" itinerary the get and overlook of this unique part of Italy. Enjoy a day with locals on board a comfortable air conditioned vehicle rather than a crowded bus!
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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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Florence outdoor walking Tour Small Group

Florence outdoor walking Tour Small Group

In our 3 hours walking tour you will be accompanied by a small group of people just like you and a professional english speaking guide who will show you the wonders of Florence and Renaissance. You will stroll around the city center, discovering all the secret about the family who ruled Florence: Medici Family. Your guide will lead you in a special path that includes all the must-see: Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza della Signoria with the beautiful Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio and its amazing view and Holy Cross Church.
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Private Florence Artisans and Shopping tour

Private Florence Artisans and Shopping tour

Get an insider’s perspective on Florence’s rich crafts scene with this specialty shopping tour. Visit workshops where skilled artisans carry on traditions that date back centuries, creating unique handmade products prized around the world. Watch craftspeople at work at renowned leather, mosaic and goldsmith shops, and have a chance to purchase quality Florentine goods like jewelry, bags, bound books and marbled paper. At the end of the 3-hour tour, toast your purchases with a glass of bubbly Italian prosecco!
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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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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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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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Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Florence

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Florence

As Florentines, we're extremely passionate about our local food, our city, and its history. As such, we love to share Florence's best foods and unique culture. When you book Secret Food Tours: Florence, you'll get to try delicious food and wine from across Tuscany, but more specifically from the Florentine tradition. Plus, we'll teach you how to find the best shops and restaurants, and provide other great tips to make your time in Florence truly memorable. Come and experience food and wine as expression of social life and relationships. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from La Spezia

Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from La Spezia

Make the most of your time in port with a full-day, private tour of Tuscan y from LA Spezia port. See the vineyards and olive groves of the Chianti wine-producing region en route to Florence where you explore the city with a local to see hidden sights and tour popular sights like Michelangelo’s Square lookout and Ponte Vecchio. Embark on a three-hour guided walking tour or if you prefer, tour the city by air-conditioned van, equipped with wifi.
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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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Private Tour: Treasures of Florence Half-Day Walking Tour

Private Tour: Treasures of Florence Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover the most important monuments and public spaces of Florence on a private, 3-hour walking tour. Learn about the city’s illustrious history from a local guide as you stroll through the winding medieval streets, stopping to admire landmarks like the iconic Duomo and bell tower, Piazza della Repubblica, the Ufizzi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Finally, walk in the footsteps of the powerful Medici family that once ruled the city as you make your way across the River Arno to the magnificent Palazzo Pitti.
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A coach ride across Florence, with a sweet surprise

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

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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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From the Middle Ages to the Stars

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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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Morning route of the Historic Center

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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  • 6 hours
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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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  • 6 hours
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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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  • 2 to 3 hours
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