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Florence Santa Croce Basilica (Basilica di Santa Croce)
Florence Santa Croce Basilica (Basilica di Santa Croce)

Florence Santa Croce Basilica (Basilica di Santa Croce)

Piazza di Santa Croce, Florence, 50122

The Basics

Work on the Santa Croce Basilica began in 1294, though the facade and bell tower are 19th-century additions. The world’s largest Franciscan church, Santa Croce houses 16 chapels decorated with some of the most important Florentine fresco cycles dating from the 14th century. It’s part of a larger complex including a refectory, two cloisters, and the Museum of the Opera of Santa Croce.

The Santa Croce Basilica is a highlight of any visit to Florence, and many sightseeing walking tours and shore excursions include a stop at the basilica and adjacent complex along with other famous sights like the Uffizi and Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia). Due to its artistic and historic importance, the church is among the most visited in the city and there are often long lines to enter; booking a guided tour with skip-the-line entrance in advance is a must in the crowded summer months.

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Skip the Line: Santa Croce Basilica Entrance ticket
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Skip the Line: Santa Croce Basilica Entrance ticket
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$13.73 per adult
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Beautiful Basilica
A beautiful basilica full of wonderful features and religious artworks. A useful map was provided, and good information on all the displays allowed for an interesting visit. Particularly liked the The Last Supper in the Refectory, and the measures taken to keep it safe from potential floods, the works of Donatello and Giotto, and the fact that Galileo is buried there.
Mark_C, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

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Amazing place!
Cheryl_G, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Santa Croce Basilica Entrance ticket
A beautiful basilica. We stayed for mass. Michelangelo’s tomb was there as well as others. Very impressive! So glad that we went!
star-5
Great tour
Jeanne_S, Jul 2022
Florence: Santa Croce Church Tour
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we really enjoyed this tour of Santa Croce. We were met on time and the tour was private. Perfect.
star-5
A wonderful tour and worth your time
Bruce_D, Jun 2022
Florence: Santa Croce Church Tour
We made a last minute tour reservation and don't regret any of it. Such an amazing place with historical relevance and scenery. A must do!!
star-5
Excellent tour
Tudor_w, May 2022
Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School
Andrea was an exceptional tour guide and really brought it all to life. Very knowledgeable and respectful of the exhibits. A very enjoyable tour.
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Breathtaking
Crystal_R, Mar 2022
Skip the Line: Santa Croce Basilica Entrance ticket
A must see in Florence; it s breath-taking...the coloring and structure are unique and beautiful....especially when you come around the corner of the square.
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Great Tour!
Angela_E, Jun 2022
Florence: Santa Croce Church Tour
We couldn’t have asked for a better guide than Guido! He was warm friendly and most importantly he knows and loves the history of this amazing church. My husband and I highly recommend this fascinating tour.
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Exellent
ROBERTO_H, Aug 2019
Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School
Awesome experience thank you for everything. Guide with Really good knowledge about the basilica. Really recommended.
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It may be a little off the tourist center but is well worth a visit
pkcarm, May 2022
Florence: Santa Croce Church Tour
The church and gardens comprised an amazing complex depicting life during the Renaissance. The collection of geniuses assembled here is very powerful. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and provide a great historical context for everything we observed.
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Gorgeous church
Tammy_W, Aug 2021
Skip the Line: Santa Croce Basilica Entrance ticket
Our favorite church with beautiful stain glass and decorated ceiling. Courtyard outside was a nice surprise. We only had to wait a few minutes.
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Interesting place
Coastal53778, Oct 2019
Skip the Line: Santa Croce Basilica Entrance ticket
This Basilica held more than I expected with the tombs of famous people and some side chapels, a courtyard, a leather shop, etc. 1 to 2 hours is a good time to spend here. It's nice that under 18 is free with parents.
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Wonderful Tour of Santa Croce
Erin_H, Oct 2019
Florence: Santa Croce Church Tour
Our guide, Jenny, was wonderful- so knowledgeable, engaging, enthusiastic and friendly. I was so glad I booked a tour rather than wandering through aimlessly on my own - there is so much that I would have missed.
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Great spot, but not with this ticket
Renee W, Oct 2019
Skip the Line: Santa Croce Basilica Entrance ticket
The basilica was beyond words. Unfortunately, the time was the same as another one of our tours. We were unable to cancel, so paid for it twice.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Santa Croce Basilica is a must for all first-time visitors to Florence.

  • The basilica requires modest clothing covering shoulders and knees to enter.

  • No flash photography is allowed inside the church.

  • Piazza Santa Croce, in front of the basilica, is lined with restaurants and cafés—perfect for a snack or drink before or after visiting the church.

  • The basilica is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Santa Croce Basilica is located on Piazza Santa Croce in the historic center of Florence, just a short walk from the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria.

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When to Get There

Florence is one of the most visited cities in Italy, and its main churches and monuments can be very crowded in summer. To enjoy the city sights in relative peace, schedule a visit for spring or fall. Piazza Santa Croce holds a charming Christmas market each year through the month of December, with stalls selling holiday decorations, artisan crafts, and seasonal foods.

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Santa Croce’s Most Famous Tombs

Over the centuries, the Santa Croce Basilica became the prefered burial place for important Florentines and, later, notable Italians. The church is now home to dozens of tombs and funerary monuments honoring some of the most famous Italian artists and luminaries from Leonardo da Vinci to Enrico Fermi.

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