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Piazza Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce

Piazza Santa Croce

Free admission
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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).

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Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce Basilica
Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce Basilica
$57.54 per adult
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Santa Croce Tour
Santa Croce is a dream, but my guide never arrived that day so which reason I don´t intend to book such tours ever again !!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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