Basilica of Santa Croce

Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence: Hours, Address, Basilica of Santa Croce Reviews: 4.5/5

Basilica of Santa Croce
4.5
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 5:45 PM
About
This is the richest medieval church in Florence, which features frescoes by Giotto, a chapel by Brunelleschi and one of the finest of all early Renaissance tombs.
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Neighborhood: Santa Croce
Stop and stare at the beauty and symmetry of the Basilica of Santa Croce any time day or night. Unraveling around it are a number of architectural and artistic masterpieces, from the Synagogue to the Central National Library. As a hub for young people, the area gets busy with people who want to have fun: a continuous flow of tourists and locals become animated by songs and dances.
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,534 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Very beautiful and awe inspiring basilica with tombs and monuments dedicated to the most famous Italian personalities. There are many, but for me the most significant were Michael Angelo’s, Galileo Galilei’s, Leonardo da Vinci‘s , Rossini’s, Dante’s and Florence Nightingale’s (on the wall outside in the cloister). I purchased a timed ticket a day in advance, but we had arrived early and I tried to get in earlier without success. They did not let me in until the time shown on the ticket. I saw other people just buying tickets and they were going in right away. There were very few people present in the Basilica, so at this time, I don’t think it’s necessary to buy the timed tickets just buy them when you show up. One had to present a Covid certificate, temperatures were taken, and face masks had to be worn. They were no restrooms available and everyone was directed to go to the tourist office across the street, there was a small charge for use of the toilets there.
Written September 20, 2021
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larryjman
Montreal, Canada215 contributions
Apr 2022
What a wonderful basilica. Fair warning, it's a fair bit more expensive than most churches at 8 euros. In my experience in Italy, that's quite high and most churches allow you to enter for free and just expect a donation.

HOWEVER, I would argue it's well worth the cost. In fact, I think this church is even better than the most famous one in the city: Santa Maria del Fiore. It's less crowded, better adorned, you have more freedom to wander around the grounds, and you are treated to the tombs of two of the most influential men of their time; Michelangelo and Galileo. In addition, monuments to Machiavelli and Dante.

I found the inside so peaceful. After paying my respects to Michelangelo and Galileo and wandering around the inside, I sat and just watched in the pew. There is a distinct Florentine style to this church, and although I can't quite verbalize what that looks like, you will know it when you see it. There is a minimalism, an expert use of negative space.

Once you are finished in the church you can enter the courtyard that is equally as quaint. There is also a small chapel in the courtyard. Opposite the small gift shop/booth you will find placards discussing the horrible floods that inundated the chapel. There are 3 in particular they discuss, the worst of which was the most recent in 1966. They show you just how high the water got and it was unbelievable to imagine. A particular painting in the chapel, I believe by Vasari, had been utterly ruined by the water damage. They had to put it in storage, but due to the advancement of technology, were able to fix it. It now looks as if new.

Overall, if you are pressed for time I would highly recommend Santa Croce as your choice over Santa Maria del Fiore.
Written May 6, 2022
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Swell Traveller
Melbourne, Australia3,769 contributions
Oct 2019
Late October 2019 and on my last day in Florence I overheard a lady talking about the burial place of Dante, Galileo and Michelangelo. I ended up asking her and found my way there through a sequence of smalls sheets, well hidden from the main areas.

There is a kind of town square in front where you can sit and have a drink or a coffee, sit at a cafe or read a book. The entrance / ticket place is on the left of the building [if you are standing at the front]. Entry is E8, with other options with extras. You can take photos without flash inside and large bags need to be stowed. They are very security conscious here due to the fact there are such famous people buried here. Tours are not allowed in here, thought unofficially many students will offer a quiet tour for a few E$ once inside.

Once inside I highly recommend taking your time to read who is buried where and look at the the floors, ceilings and walls carefully - they give you a map upon entry [they also scan your ticket]. I went around twice as I missed a few tombs due to people hanging around the most famous ones.

This church is quite magnificent with many extra rooms, displays and halls to visit. Many exquisites mosaics and sculptures. There is a small room called the 'Oper', which has the best acoustics for singing. There is also a garden area from which you will exit.

I recommend spending at least 1-2hours here to do it justice.

A must for history buffs or those who love churches.
Written January 26, 2020
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Chris B
Arlington, VA134 contributions
Sep 2021
Tickets are needed to get in but the line moved quickly so it's probably not worth buying the ticket in advance. Once inside, head for the altar which has stunning displays. There's a beautiful piece of artwork with St Francis at the altar - really stunning.
Written September 28, 2021
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,582 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
This Basilica is not only beautiful but holds great history. It is revealed that a splinter from the cross was part of this church and the mainly famous italian people are buried here.
To enter the church you need to pay, but from the artwork alone its worth the fee to enter.
It is one site not to miss when in Florence.
Written June 14, 2020
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im666_1999
United States854 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
More than worth the entrance fee. The Italian State does not pay for the maintenance of this church so definitely pay for the entrance and see this church which contains the Tombs and memorials to many famous Florentines.

Also see the frescoes in the cloisters area and the history of the floods of 1966 and the restoration work.
Written January 19, 2020
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LindaM1959
Cardiff, UK93 contributions
Feb 2020
We found this church to be extremely interesting on a number of levels. The church itself is the burial site for a number of famous Italians, the frescoes and art in the church are beautiful plus there is a museum with additional pieces of interest. There is also a lot of reference to floods in this area over the years and the damage it has done. We really enjoyed our visit and spent several hours walking around. There is an entry fee of €8 each which seemed good value for money to us.
Written March 1, 2020
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Claude M
Vence, France727 contributions
Apr 2022
I wanted to (re) visit Santa Croce to pay my respects to Galileo. The church is beautifully decorated, and there were markers for other great scientists (Fermi, Marconi), but also Michelangelo, Rossini and of course Dante.

The side chapels presented paintings and a very rich collection. The last room presented the last super by G Vasari, after its restoration from the great flood of 1966.

It definitely is worth a detour.
Written April 29, 2022
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JurreSilbi
Krakow, Poland70 contributions
Jan 2020
The origin of this basilica is dated back to 13th century. It also served as a national pantheone. Many great persons are burried here, including Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Puccini to name only few. Fantastic paintings and frescs created by the great artists, amond them Giorgio Vasari’s The Last Supper and also the famous crucific which is the work of Cimabue. Basilica suffered from tragic floods in 1966 and has been renovated since then. Don’t miss the Noviciate (sacrysty with crucifix) and the museum where Vasari’s The Last Supper is on display. The most astinishin to us was that there were many tourist groups passing by but Basilica was almost empty. But this was in January, which I can solely recommend for a visit. Practical advice; take warmer coat as it is generally cold inside. We planned to study art in a more detailed way, therefore the visit took 4 hours. Naturally, you may complete the tour in one hour.
Written January 22, 2020
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TacoBellLover
Berlin, Germany46 contributions
Nov 2021
I really liked going to Santa Croce. The church itself was impressive, and standing infront of the resting places of those great men is humbling. I also really enjoyed the courtyard and was deeply moved by the Dante installation in the chapel next to the church. Would recommend to everyone visiting Florence.
Written November 11, 2021
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