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Florence Santa Croce Basilica Tour

Enjoy your guided Santa Croce Florence tour of the Basilica, the world´s largest Franciscan church. Gain fast-track access inside & gaze at the stunning masterpieces.

  Duration: 2h
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Florence Santa Croce Basilica Tour

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€ 30.00
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Group: Max 25 people

What you'll do

Discover the curious history of the Basilica di Santa Croce Florence! Find out why they call it the Temple of the Glories of Italy, what masterpieces are under its roof and which famous Italians found their final resting place within its walls. To get the most out of your visit to the Santa Croce church and listen to the stories and legends that surround it, book our Santa Croce tour and explore the sight in a company of a licensed expert guide.

The stern interior of this Franciscan basilica is quite a shock after being lured in by the grandiose neo-Gothic facade brought to life by playful shades of colored marble. But don’t be discouraged! [readmore]
Visit the tombs of grand art, science and literary masters such as Dante, Galileo, Michelangelo, and Ghiberti inside this church and learn about their accomplishments. Better yet, marvel at the real highlights, the frescoes by Giotto inside the chapels just of the altar. You will learn this and much more on this guided tour of Santa Croce Florence. 

In case you are curious to know how long does it take to tour Santa Croce Florence, your guide will meet you at the designated meeting point, and you’ll embark on a 45-minute quest of discovery. After all, there is much more to Florence than the Brunelleschi’s Duomo or the Statue of David!
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Included / Excluded
Guided tour for Santa Croce Basilica
Fast Access tickets to Santa Croce in florence
Reservation fee and taxs
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Skipping security check (due to safety measures, all visitors have to comply to security check)

Before You Go

Prices for Infant from 0-6 years old: free of charge

Check-in closes 30 minutes before departure

A student must carry ID to join the tour of Santa Croce in Florence

Meeting Point

Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Florence, Firenze FI, Italy

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Tour Highlights

Our Santa Croce Florence Guided Tour provides you with an expertly guided experience of the Basilica from the 15th century. It helps you to discover the long a winding history of the largest Franciscan church in the world. Plus, you will get to visit the final resting places of Dante, Michelangelo, Galileo, and Donatello. Moreover, you will get to see the exquisite ornate chapels as well as the restored church cemetery.

The tour covers the price of the admission ticket which comprises the Basilica, Museum, and Cloister.It also includes radio headphones so you can hear your guide even if you get carried away admiring the church. Please remember you need to adhere to the regular church dress code.

History Sneak Peek

The Basilica of Santa Croce was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1294 and stood completed in 1385. If you are curious about the name, the basilica owes it to the Holy Cross (santa croce) donated by King Louis of France. In fact, it was the inspiration behind building the church.  

The Home of Franciscan Order

Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence used to be the base of the Franciscan order. They were famous for their mass preaching in the Piazza Santa Croce during the Middle Ages. Their sole goal was to fight heresy which was very popular among peasants.  

Mausoleum for the Famous and Important

Besides all that, the Franciscan church of Santa Croce has been serving as a mausoleum for the most important politicians, artists, philosophers, writers and scientists in Italy. In case you ever wondered where is Dante buried, Santa Croce is the right place to visit. In its interior, you can come across Michelangelo’s, Galileo’s and even Dante’s tomb. 

Santa Croce Architecture

From a more artistic perspective, the basilica is famous for its amazing richly frescoed chapels such a Giotto's murals portraying John the Baptist in the Cappella Peruzzi or the scenes from the life St Francis of Assisi. However, among all the works housed in the Basilica, the most important is the Crucifix by Donatello- a unique wooden work.

Santa Croce Museum


The museum opened in 1959 in the spaces initially occupied by the convent. Since then, it has both suffered a recovered from the massive damage caused by the Florence flood in 1966. Today, it’s home to beautiful works of art typical from the Florentine school.

If you care to dig deeper into Florence’s soul, Santa Croce Florence guided tour is the way to go. Book your tickets today!

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