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Piazza Santa Croce Tours

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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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Electric Cart Tour Florence

Electric Cart Tour Florence

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Cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time when you book this tour of Florence's historic sights via golf cart. While a guide shares an insider's perspective on the culture and history of the birthplace of the Renaissance, you sit back and relax in the roomy electric cart. Meet the tour at a central point in the city; choose from morning or afternoon tour departures.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Florence Segway Tour

Florence Segway Tour

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Explore the heart of the Renaissance by Segway on this our of Florence. Led by a local guide, pass top attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and Piazza Santa Croce. Cover more ground than a walking tour as you hear the history behind this famous city from your guide. Headphones are provided so that you can hear the commentary more clearly as you glide through the streets.
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  • 3 hours
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Best of Florence Tour by Night

Best of Florence Tour by Night

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Experience Florence on a 2-hour evening walking tour with a small group and an art historian guide. Explore the center of the city without the crowds of the day and stop at historic squares, piazzas, and Renaissance statues. Learn about the city’s Roman history and modern day culture. Get local insights and learn about Florence’s storied past with informed commentary about the city’s art and architecture. This tour is an ideal relaxed introduction to the city and gives visitors a good foundation to explore further.
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  • 2 hours
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Florence Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Florence Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, but there’s so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time, checking off top attractions such as the Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, and Giotto's Bell Tower.
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  • 2 hours
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$35.32
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Walking Food Tour of Florence with Tastings

Walking Food Tour of Florence with Tastings

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Explore Florence with your taste buds on a walking food tour that showcases the flavors of three distinct neighborhoods. Learn how to steer clear of tourist traps as you sample authentic Tuscan cuisine in the medieval city center, the elegant and artistic Oltrarno district, and the Sant’Ambrogio market area — a favorite among locals. From gourmet fare to street vendors and wine bars, savor the best of the city’s food and drink like a true Florentine.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Florence Private Tour With Uffizi Gallery

Florence Private Tour With Uffizi Gallery

Discover the best of Florence during this 4-hour private walking tour. See the city’s famous landmarks such as the Duomo Cathedral, the Holy Cross Church, Ponte Vecchio and more as you listen to informative commentary from your guide about the history of the city. Then skip the long lines of the Uffizi Gallery for a guided tour of the museum and see masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Giotto, and more.
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  • 4 hours
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Florence Sightseeing Tour for Kids & Families with Gelato Tasting

Florence Sightseeing Tour for Kids & Families with Gelato Tasting

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Dig into the history of the Tuscan capital in a way the whole family will enjoy with this 2.5-hour walking tour of Florence for families. Join a kid-friendly guide as you explore Santa Croce, the San Lorenzo Market, the Porcellino, Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchio, and more. Keep kids engaged with interactive games and activities.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$77.95
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Half-Day Bike Tour of Florence with Piazzale Michelangelo

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Half-Day Bike Tour of Florence with Piazzale Michelangelo

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Discover Florence by bike, stopping at landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo, and Piazza della Repubblica. Pedal down narrow lanes of the Oltrarno, an artisan neighborhood off the beaten path. This 2-hour tour, with a historian as your guide, offers three options to suit your personal schedule: morning, afternoon, or late evening. Benefit from the small-group atmosphere limited to 15 bicyclists.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence Dome Climb & Private Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

Florence Dome Climb & Private Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Florence has one of the highest concentrations of important works of art and architecture in the world, and can be overwhelming on a first visit. This private tour is an easy way to get an overview of the city’s highlights on foot with the insight of an art historian guide and the convenience of hotel pick up and skip-the-line tickets to Brunelleschi’s iconic dome.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence by golf Cart Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence by golf Cart Piazzale Michelangelo

Guided tour of the most important monuments of the city and the historic center of Florence. Buy time with an expert driver from the city of Florence. the best choice for disabled people to see the city up close.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Florence city tour by Golf Cart

Florence city tour by Golf Cart

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Guided tour of the most important monuments of the city and the historic center of Florence. Buy time with an expert driver from the city of Florence. the best choice for disabled people to see the city up close.
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  • 1 hour
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Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart

Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart

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Zip around Tuscany's capital city, touring Florence aboard a convinent and eco-friendly electric gold cart. Explore the historic center of this 'cradle of Renaissance,' learning its many monumental sights and attractions through recorded commentary as you go. See such landmarks as the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the open-air Porcellino Market and lovely Ponte alle Grazie, a bridge destroyed during WWII and later reconstructed. Take in the surrounding scenery while your driver navigates the roads. You'll also have an opportunity to visit Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Italy's largest library.
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Kid-Friendly Florence Accademia Tour w Michelangelo's David & City Wonders

Kid-Friendly Florence Accademia Tour w Michelangelo's David & City Wonders

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Enjoy this Michelangelo tour with your family! You will see David, one of Michelangelo's most famous masterpieces! Thanks to our kid friendly guide, you will appreciate not only the impressive statue of David, but you will also learn about the art and life of the great Michelangelo. Bypass the long queues with skip-the-line tickets and discover the highlights of the city centre, such as the Holy Cross Church where Michelangelo is buried, and many more besides! With many different activities, including games and treasure hunts, you will spend 2.5 hours having fun while learning all about the splendid city of Florence and its most famous artist! You will share your guide with just another family.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Highlights of Florence Kids & Families Small Group Tour with Gelato

Highlights of Florence Kids & Families Small Group Tour with Gelato

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See Florence in family-friendly style during this half-day, guided tour that’s designed with kids in mind. Play games, tackle trivia questions and hear stories about the city’s sights. Visit San Lorenzo Market, Piazza della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchi and more and enjoy a little free time to indulge in locally made gelato and other treats.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Florence by rickshaw

Florence by rickshaw

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This tour of Florence is for sure he best way to enjoy the city. You can take advantage of relaxing in a comfortable rickshaw while we take you around the most beautiful city. We go through all the main sites also covering the more off the beaten track sites too. Bringing the city to life, giving you the special local touch.
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  • 1 hour
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Amazing Florence Walking Tour -Small Group

Amazing Florence Walking Tour -Small Group

Florence is a real amazing city with its small historic center, delicious cuisine and gorgeous sites to visit. Our walking tour begins with our guide at the Church of Santa Croce. Then you will visit Bargello Palace, a medieval fortress, and one of the many reasons behind the city being referred to as the ‘cradle’ of the Renaissance era. Continuing on is an exploration of the famous Ponte Vecchio, and the amazing political square, Piazza della Signoria, where the remarkable Uffizzi art Gallery museum is located; nearby the Boboli Gardens, chosen as the residence of the Grand Dukes of Medici, and the town hall Palazzo Vecchio. The tour continues to the oldest part of Florence: the Piazza del Duomo. This majestic site combines the awe-inspiring feel of the Cathedral, the amazing Dome of Brunelleschi, Giotto’s bell tower and the Baptistery with its Porta del Paradiso. The experience of Florence concludes at the Church of San Lorenzo and the surrounding area with all its bustling markets.
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  • 2 hours
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Florence Must-See Sites Guided Tour with Local Guide

Florence Must-See Sites Guided Tour with Local Guide

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Walk in the company of a guide with local knowledge of Florence for a superb introduction to the city’s important squares. The 2-hour itinerary takes you from Piazza Santa Croce through Piazza del Duomo and onward to Piazza della Signoria. See the Bargello Palace, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Uffizi Gallery courtyard, and the Ponte Vecchio, to name a few landmarks. Numbers are limited to 15 people for a small-group experience.
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  • 2 hours
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$41.76
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Sweet Florence by bike

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Sweet Florence by bike

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A ride through the city of Florence along the river Arno, admiring the squares, palaces and churches.
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Florence by Night Guided Walking Tour:Duomo Old Bridge & All Must-See Highlights

Florence by Night Guided Walking Tour:Duomo Old Bridge & All Must-See Highlights

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As one of Italy’s most visited cities, Florence is often packed with tourists during the day. With this guided walking tour, experience the magic of the city’s historic center by night when the streets are quieter and sights like the Duomo and its baptistery and bell tower, Palazzo Signoria, the Porcellino market, and Ponte Vecchio are theatrically lit.
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  • 2 hours
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$41.76
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Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip from Livorno

Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip from Livorno

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Dock in Livorno, disembark your cruise ship, and make the most of your day ashore: this private day trip to Pisa and Florence takes all the stress out of planning your travels. Meet your guide directly at the port, and hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan. Your first stop is Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, where you can explore the sights, including the Leaning Tower, at your leisure. Then, continue to Florence. Stop in the Piazzale Michelangelo for panoramic city views, see the Ponte Vecchio, and much more.
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  • 8 hours
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$886.65
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Shore Excursion from Livorno: Pisa and Florence Private Tour

Shore Excursion from Livorno: Pisa and Florence Private Tour

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Large-group shore excursions can sometimes feel rushed and impersonal but this private tour from Livorno to Pisa and Florence offers a more intimate experience and the flexibility to customize the trip to your own interests. You'll journey through the countryside to these charming Tuscan towns and see such iconic attractions as the Leaning Tower and Duomo.
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  • 9 hours
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$949.97
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Florence City Bike Tour

Florence City Bike Tour

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Enjoy a guided tour of Florence on two wheels with this bike tour. Explore the Tuscan capital by bike.
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$42.63
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Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from Livorno

Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from Livorno

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Spend the day exploring Florence—and opt to see sides of the city that many visitors miss—on this full-day, private shore excursion from Livorno. Meet your guide directly at the port, and hop into your air-conditioned minivan. You’ll drive through the scenic Chianti region en route to Florence. Upon arrival, discover the city’s most in-demand landmarks (including the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazzale Michelangelo). You can also upgrade to add on an extensive, multi-hour walking tour of the city and its lesser-known attractions.
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  • 9 hours
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$931.65
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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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$60.90
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