Guided tour

Florence Santa Croce Church Tour

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Florence Santa Croce Church Tour

Activity provider: StarFlorence
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From US$ 51.70 per person

Visit the Basilica di Santa Croce, the principal Franciscan church in Florence. Learn about the Florentine history and discover the life of Michelangelo. See the burial place of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo Galilee, Rossini and more.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the temple of the Italian Glories
  • See the burial place of several Florentine and Italian masters
  • Find frescoes by Giotto and a chapel designed by Brunelleschi
  • Admire the works by Donatello and the monument dedicated to Dante
Full description
Start the tour in the main square, where the famous soccer game played in medieval costumes, the Calcio Storico Florentino, takes place here every year in June. Your guide will describe in detail of all the immense artistic wealth in Santa Croce; frescoes (1380) by Gaddi in the Cappella Maggiore tell the story of "Santa Croce", and beautiful frescoes by Giotto in the Bardi and Peruzzi Chapels show scenes from the life of St. Francis and St. John the Evangelist. On your way to the left of the entrance, see the memorial of the 19th-century playwright Giovanni Battista Niccolini built as an inspiration for the Statue of Liberty. As you walk through the hallowed walls, learn about the art of Donatello and his crucifix, one of the jewels of the Renaissance, as well as the art of Brunelleschi and the perfect architectural harmony of his Chapel of Fools. See the monumental cemetery and damaged paintings and that was destroyed in the tragic flood of 1966 and have been subsequently restored. After visiting the interior, learn about the exterior which is covered with a polychrome marble façade. Finally, the guide will tour you around the Bell Tower, Crypt and the 16 chapels. The tour takes about an hour, and you will have the opportunity to return to anything you might want to see again after the tour ends.
Includes
  • Entrance tickets
  • Official certified guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Date

Meeting point

By the Dante Alighieri Statue in front of the church, Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI. Please be present 20 minutes before departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. Shorts or sleeveless tops are not allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note that if you arrive after the tour start time you will not be able to join and will not be refunded or have your tour rescheduled
  •  Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • After the first validation, the ticket is valid for 48-hours. You can use it to visit locations listed on your own time
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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We had a great guide in Rosella. She has an incredible knowledge, which she has also conveyed well. The church inside was very interesting and there is a lot to discover. PS: No pig pays attention to the dress code. The instructions say that knees and shoulders should be covered. But some were inside in hot pants and summer dresses and nobody was interested.

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July 20, 2021

Very good guide, very knowledgeable and competent guy. He clearly explained the main works of this magnificent basilica. Also telling us interesting anecdotes about the city. Guide named Tommaso, very helpful and polite.

October 15, 2021

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable. We signed up for a small tour, but we were lucky to end up having a private tour. Our guide was an art history major and really brought the rich history of this church to life. Highly recommend.

September 24, 2021

Product ID: 190232