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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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Florence: Santa Croce Church TourPrivate and Luxury

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

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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Santa Croce - the Temple of Italic GloriesHalf-day Tours

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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Private Tour: Santa Croce Church and the Artists' QuarterPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Santa Croce Church and the Artists' Quarter

Step inside the largest Franciscan church in the world for a private tour of Florence’s Santa Croce Basilica. Learn why it’s also called the ‘Temple of the Italian Glories’ as you visit the tombs of Michelangelo, Rossini, Galileo, and other luminaries. The sacred space is rich in symbolism and artistic detail, which your personal guide will explain to help you get the most out of this architectural treasure.
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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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Michelangelo' House and Santa Croce Basilica Private Tour

Delve into the art and life story of Michelangelo during a private tour of Basilica di Santa Croce and Casa Buonarroti. Learn about the life of the Florentine master, see his early works and sketches at his family home, and visit the place of his burial over the course of a few hours. All entrance fees and a private tour guide are included.
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Get an overview of Florence before jumping feet first into this vibrant Renaissance city. This 2.5-hour walking tour provides the ultimate introduction to the major sights, hidden gems, and food scene, so you can properly enjoy the city later on. Admire must-sees like the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, discover neighborhoods beloved by locals, and get insider tips on restaurants and tucked-way gems. Break for an authentic Florentine gelato (ice-cream) along the way.
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The Uffizi Gallery and Basilica of Santa Croce are undoubtedly two of Florence’s must-see attractions. With its breathtaking works by Botticelli, Lippi, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo de Vinci, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt, just to name a few, it’s not hard to see why the Uffizi Gallery is one of Florence’s most popular museums. Yet it’s sheer scale and long lines can leave visitors frustrated and overwhelmed. Not to worry! With our exclusive tour service, you’ll skip the lines and your private tour guide will steer you to all the most important works, detailing their individual histories and significance.
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Meet your guide to embark on a sightseeing tour of Florence. Visit the Convent of San Domenico, Basilica di Santa Croce, and Piazza della Signoria, and enjoy panoramic views from Fiesole Hill. Then it’s time to tour the renowned Uffizi Gallery—with skip-the-line access and a guide—where you can view works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and other Renaissance artists.
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Explore Florence on foot with a private half-day walking tour. Join a kid-friendly guide to learn about the art and history of Florence while visiting the Accademia Gallery, the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum, and the Basilica di Santa Croce. Skip-the-line with priority access tickets and see famous works of art such as Michelangelo’s statue of David.
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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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Experience the Renaissance city of Florence with this affordable, self-guided walking tour. Download the tour’s audio files and map to your MP3-enabled device, choose your starting time, and hit the city’s gorgeous cobblestone streets. See landmarks like Michelangelo’s David and the cathedral’s famed terracotta-tiled Duomo, enjoy some delicious gelato and take in the scene at Florence’s main square, Piazza Della Signoria. 
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