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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Florence Small-Group Walking Tour with David & Duomo

Discover Florence on a small-group walking tour that includes skip-the-line admission to the Galleria dell’Accademia. With a guide, explore the historical center of Florence to admire its renowned art, architecture and sites like Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. Then cruise past the typically long line at the Accademia Gallery to see its famous artwork, including Michelangelo’s ‘David’ statue. This tour includes all the classic sites such as the Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Galleria dell’Accademia with the world famous David. Numbers are limited to six people for a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Florence Tour and Sightseeing of the City Top-Places with Local Guide

This 2-hour strolling visit is an eminent prologue to the city of Florence. In the organization of a nearby and extremely proficient guide you will see the Santa Croce Church, the Bargello Palace, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, the Cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, Uffizi Gallery's patio and the congregation of San Lorenzo. Your guide will likewise give you proposals for whatever is left of your stay in Florence; what else to see and where to eat!
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Full-Day Tour of Florence from Rome with Transfers

Swap Roman ruins for Renaissance masterpieces on this full-day tour of Florence from Rome. Admire medieval monuments like the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, peek into the exquisite Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and stroll around the grand Piazza Santa Croce. That’s not all: visit the famous Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s iconic ‘David’ sculpture, tuck into a delicious pizza lunch (included) and take in the views from Piazzale Michelangelo. This small-group tour is limited to seven people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Florence Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, but there’s so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This 2.5-hour 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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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8- Days Best of Italy Trip from Rome

This expertly planned 7-night tour fits the very best of Italy into one week, beginning and ending in Rome. Guided activities ensure you see the essential landmarks of the Tuscany, Umbria, and Veneto regions, with free time to explore local culture at your own pace. All logistics, transport, and hotel stays are arranged, so you can leave the guidebook at home and focus on savoring Renaissance art, awe-inspiring churches, world-class wine, and mouthwatering Italian food.
  • Duration: 8 days
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Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip from Livorno

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Artisans of Florence Walking Tour

Discover the age-old artisan traditions that still thrive in Florence on a private 6-hour tour of local craft shops. Travel off the beaten path to visit workshops were specialty Florentine trades like paper marbling, ceramics, book restoration and leather making are carried out by skilled craftspeople. Chat with artisans through your local guide, and indulge a taste for luxury goods at the Santa Croce Church School of Leather and the Ferragamo or Gucci museum. behind masterpieces by Renaissance greats including Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Florence by Night Guided Walking Tour:Duomo Old Bridge & All Must-See Highlights

Florence by day is wonderful.  Florence by night is magical!  Join us on this 2-hour walking tour in the company of a top-rated local guide to see the highlights of this wonderful city as the sun sets. You will see the Duomo, Baptistery, Bell Tower, Piazza Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Porcellino market, Piazza Repubblica and much more. Upgrade to the private option to have the attention of the guide just for you.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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ELECTRIC CART TOUR FLORENCE

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.
  • Duration: 87 to 126 minutes
  • Duration: 87 to 126 minutes
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Best of Florence Highlights Walking Tour including Michelangelo's David

A great introduction to the city, this walking tour hits several of Florence’s historic highlights. Visit Church of Santa Croce, Piazza del Duomo, the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio—a pedestrian bridge built in 1345 that is still in use today—and more. Then tour Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s masterpiece “David,” where you’ll enjoy skip-the-line access to the galleries.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Florence Sightseeing Tour with Uffizi Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket

Spend an artistic afternoon exploring the treasures in and around Florence on this 3-hour sightseeing tour. Soak up spectacular panoramic views from the ancient Etruscan hill town of Fiesole, and learn the history behind medieval city landmarks like Santa Croce Church and the open-air museum of Piazza della Signoria. Finish with a skip-the-line visit to the renowned Ufizzi Gallery, where you can admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, Rafael, Botticelli and other Renaissance greats.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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A BAKING LESSON IN THE HEART OF FLORENCE

Immerse yourself in Italian culture with a baking workshop in the heart of Florence. A small group size ensures the full attention of your pastry chef instructor, who offers inside tips rarely heard by visitors about how to make authentic tiramisu, cannoli, and mignon pastries. After a complimentary glass of prosecco overlooking Piazza Santa Croce, leave with a certificate of completion and a box of homemade pastries.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
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Half-day Florence Walking Tour of the City Must-See Sites with Local Guide

In the company of a very knowledgeable guide you will stroll through the picturesque streets and piazzas of Florence. This tour will, via the numerous landmarks on its route, introduce you to the many wonders of the city’s Renaissance heritage.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Budget Small-Group Tour of Florence main attractions with local licensed Guide

A great option for first-time visitors to Florence, this 2-hour walking tour provides a good overview of the city. With a local guide, visit landmarks including the Church of Santa Croce, Porcellino Market, Florence Cathedral, Uffizi Gallery, and more. As you stroll the city streets, learn about the city’s history as a center of Renaissance art and architecture.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Florence Independent Tour with Audiopen and Optional Lunch

Use a handheld audio guide to explore Florence, and make your way around a preset route, put together by a local expert guide. The innovative ‘audiopen’ includes a touch-screen map, which allows you to wander the city streets and learn about its sights as you go. Check out Palazzo Pitti, Florence Duomo, the Church of San Lorenze and Brunelleschi’s Dome among other landmarks on your route. Want to enhance the experience? Add a meal when you book and enjoy three courses of food in Florence’s historical center.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa Leaning Tower and Florence Day Trip

When your cruise ship drops anchor in Livorno, maximize your time in Italy on a full-day shore excursion to Pisa and Florence. Ideal for travelers with limited time, this tour covers the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and takes you to Florence’s Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica, the divinely decorated final resting place of Michelangelo and Galileo. Enjoy free time to visit Florence’s museums, shops, and cafes, and relish the convenience of port pickup and drop-off well in advance of your ship’s departure.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Florence City Bike Tour and Ice Cream Tasting

Enjoy a guided tour of Florence on two wheels with this bike tour. Explore the Tuscan capital by bike with a gelato stop included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Florence Evening Segway Tour with Piazzale Michelangelo and Gelato

See the sun set over Florence after a Segway tour around the city. Taking a fun approach to sightseeing, the evening tour allows you to glide around the historical center, learning about Florence Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and Palazzo Vecchio as you go. Stop to enjoy a gelato, then follow your guide along a bike path to Piazzale Michelangelo, a beloved city viewpoint. Numbers are limited to just eight people for a more personalized, small-group experience. Participants must be at least 16 years old.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Wonderful Florence Private Walking Tour Including Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo's David

Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private walking tour of Florence. Entrance to the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery are included, which sets this walking tour apart from other typical Florentine tours. Skip-the-line entry to both galleries is included, which allows you to save valuable vacation time.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Florence Highlights Walking Tour from Duomo to Santa Croce

See the best of Florence with a private walking tour focused on the Renaissance. Join a knowledgeable guide for a tour of Florence's highlights, exploring its charming streets and pretty piazzas as you learn about monuments along the way.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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1-Hour Segway Tour of Florence

See the sights of historic Florence with ease on this 1 hour Segway tour. Learn about the city's history through interesting stories told by a knowledgeable guide. See the city's main attractions.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Private Tour: Electric Bike Experience of Florence

Explore the Renaissance charm of Florence the easy and eco-friendly way on a private, 2-hour electric bike tour. Cruise through winding medieval streets and squares on a battery-boosted e-bike, passing by highlights like the Santa Croce Church, Piazza Duomo, the San Lorenzo Market and the banks of the River Arno. Effortlessly scale the hills around the city to take in spectacular panoramic views from romantic Piazzale Michelangelo, and enjoy the flexibility to stop often for photos.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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