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Santa Croce Guided Tour

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Uncover Santa Croce's rich history with masterpieces by Cimabue, Giotto, and Brunelleschi on this 1.5-hour English or Italian-speaking guided tour.

Highlights

  • Go on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Basilica of Santa Croce and see prominent art, such as frescoes by Giotto depicting scenes from the life of Saint Francis.

  • Choose between an English-speaking or Italian-speaking guide to learn about frescoes depicting scenes from St. Francis of Assisi's life and more.

  • Fan of artists like Michelangelo and Galileo? Pay your respects to these world-renowned figures at their final resting places.

  • One of the most famous is the Bardi Chapel which houses Giotto's frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Saint Francis.

  • Fun fact: It's known as the Temple of the Italian Glories due to its numerous funerary monuments and tombs of illustrious Italians.

Inclusions

  • 1.5-hour guided tour of Santa Croce

  • English or Italian-speaking guide

  • Entry tickets

  • Headphones (more than 7 participants)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

See Renaissance artworks

Get ready to see some of the most amazing art and sculptures in the world during this 1.5-hour guided tour of Santa Croce. First up, you'll have the chance to admire the renowned frescoes by Giotto, such as his depictions of episodes like "The Renunciation of Worldly Goods," "The Stigmatization of Saint Francis," and "The Preaching to the Birds." Choose between an expert English or Italian-speaking guide, who will lead you deeper into the basilica and share the history and stories behind its magnificent artworks.

Pay homage to Michelangelo's tomb

Venture deeper into the basilica to discover the final resting places of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Niccolò Machiavelli, Gioachino Rossini, and Leon Battista Alberti, among others. The church displays impressive altarpieces and paintings, showcasing the evolution of artistic styles over the centuries. Admire Cimabue's famous Crucifix, portraying the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and Alfieri, an impressive monument crafted by Antonio Canova in honor of the Italian poet and playwright Vittorio Alfieri.

What’s not allowed

  • Keep in mind large bags and sharp metallic tools are not allowed on this experience. Pack wisely!

  • Due to venue restrictions, pets cannot tag along for this experience.

  • Shutterbugs, take note: Flash photography and tripods are a no-go inside the venue.

  • Strict Dress Code: It is required to wear clothing that covers the knees and shoulders. It is not allowed to wear shorts.

Accessibility

  • Your guide dogs are welcome at the venue.

  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 mins before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

Meeting point

  • Meet your guide at Monument to Dante Alighieri.

  • Address: Piazza di Santa Croce, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy.

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