Basilica of Santa Croce
Basilica of Santa Croce
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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
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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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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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  • J&S_Singapore
    Singapore, Singapore4,332 contributions
    Xmas Market infront..
    This the principal Franciscan church in Florence and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. It is situated on the famous Piazza di Santa Croce, about 800 meters south-east of the Duomo.. It is the also burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo Galile, Machiavelli, the poet Foscolo, the philosopher Gentile and the composer Rossini, thus it is known also as the Temple of the Italian Glories . We were at nearby for a Day Tour of Florence and spent some time here. Treasued and an immense artistic wealth in Santa Croce include frescoes by Gaddi (in the Cappella Maggiore sharing the story of the holy cross "santa croce") showing scenes from the life of St. Francis and St. John the Evangelist. There’s also the crucifix by Cimabue, bronze and gilded statue of Saint Louis of Toulouse. A draw for tourist all over the World. From the exterior we can see that Santa Croce is a church in the Gothic style with a whitish shade but we understand that a neo-gothic facade was designed and added on in the 19th century. A notable point is the huge church square (piazza Santa Croce) in front of the basilica. It is one of the city hot spots, and is well known for its leather shops and stalls where you can find good bargains on leather goods. In fact we dropped by 1 of them whose owner was the operator of lunch restaurant we encountered.! The large square is used as an open air market (in Winter for a Christmas market). We were here in end-Nov and it was setup, so we had much fun till about 7pm before we head back to Hotel.
    Visited November 2022
    Written December 22, 2022
  • ArtsyGalBaltimore
    811 contributions
    Basilica of Santa Croce: Remarkable
    Advise that you invest in the study of this basilica before your visit. Many fascinating tombs of Bruni, Vasari, Donatello,Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Ugo Foscolo (poet and revolutionary) Galileo and Rossini and much art by masters. Bardi Chapel and Gitto St. Francis frescoes under restoration. In mid-December there was a large Christmas market packed with holiday merrymakers outside.
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 3, 2023
  • Jessa
    1 contribution
    Full of secrets
    This Basilica is steeped in art and history, It would take a lifetime to learn everything here. The Pazzi Chapel, built according to the golden ratio, was my favorite part—the acoustics are a miracle. I was given an educational tour through a friend connection by Dan Harper. He is a retired man who loves this building and sharing its beautiful secrets with people. Since Covid, he cannot advertise in person, so if you would like a free (didn’t even accept my tip) tour email Dan. I got infinitely more out of the experience than if I had gone myself, reading the signs.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 11, 2023
  • Maire O
    32 contributions
    In the company of the world Geniuses
    I was so impressed by this wonderful treasure house. The tombs of the greatest minds in the world are her, Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli. The amazing paintings and the chapels are a must see. There is so much to see here give yourself at least two and a half to three hours and you may need more time. Not to be missed
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 11, 2023
  • Sportyluv
    Oviedo, Florida38 contributions
    great free tour in English
    We visited the Basilica knowing that it would be lovely and interesting. But we had a super bonus visit thanks to happening upon the terrific free tour in English provided by Dan Harper, a volunteer at the church. He kept our attention (including 2 teenagers) with the history, stories, and overall beauty of this grand basilica. I do not know the schedule of the tours, since we just lucked out on a Saturday afternoon. His email is danharperflorence@gmail.com
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 13, 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,038 contributions
    Beautiful Basilica in front of an active Christmas market
    While overshadowed by the Duomo cathedral in popularity, this church still packs a punch. After all, the tombs of the Italian legends are here such as Michelangelo, among others. This hotel is also nicely situated in front of a spacious square unlike the Duomo, so the square was able to host Christmas markets during my visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 15, 2023
  • Paul zizzi
    2 contributions
    Tour of Santa Croce basilica
    Italy was brought to life, especially Florence, in the hands of a English speaking guide. Dan Harper guided us through this monument of Florentine history. He brought the experience to life, and it was one of the most educational and exciting tours I’ve ever been on. Dan is a true master of history and storytelling. I was lucky enough to find Dan at dan-harperflorence@gmail.com
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 19, 2023
  • Mary Z
    Atlanta, Georgia2 contributions
    Santa Croce Super Guide
    We had an English speaking guide, Dan Harper, who is extremely knowledgeable, engaging, and captivating. He brought the church and its history to life- in a way that no other guide whom I’ve ever had- has been able to do. He wove wit and humor into every segment. Two hours flew by. Highly recommend. Dan-harperflorence@gmail.com
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 22, 2023
  • Tammy R
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin91 contributions
    A don't miss location
    So much to see and learn here. Rave reviews for volunteer guide and Florence resident Dan Harper are 100% true! He was fantastic, personable, passionate and informative. Don't miss this special opportunity to not just visit this amazing location, but to learn its history and significance. Contact Dan directly at danharperflorence@gmail.com to book your FREE tour day/time with him.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Thomas S
    50 contributions
    Great visit
    Spectacular church! Took the advice of others and visited with Dan Harper! We learned about the history and all the relationships between the individuals either buried or tributed there. He gives a free tour, danharperflorence@gmail.com Plan on 90 minutes. Find the time and enjoy.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
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Chris B
Arlington, VA170 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, Trinidad4,837 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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LindaM1959
Cardiff, UK94 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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Thomas Liam
Montreal, Canada306 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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JurreSilbi
Krakow, Poland78 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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carlajdi
State of Sao Paulo100 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Lovely place with such a history! St. Francis saw that poor people used to drink water from a fountain and he ordered to build this church near them. Worth the visit for the price (8 euros/adult - with free bathroom!)
There is this panel with St. Francis story inside the church. And the tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo and other VIPs.
There is a garden and some beautiful paintings as well.
Written January 24, 2020
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Gloria K
Berlin, Germany153 contributions
May 2019
This was my favorite indoor place to visit in Florence. The facade looks so modest and simple as most of the Franciscan churches are but the interior is simply stunning. There were some sections undergoing renovations but that didn't make the visit less enjoyable. It was very humbling to stand there next to the burial places of some of the most remarkable Italians such as Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, among others. If I'm not mistaken a single ticket was around 8 euros at the time we visited.
Written February 18, 2020
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Alex K
London, UK1 contribution
Sep 2022
If you are visiting Florence, our number 1 recommendation is that you email Dan Harper and arrange a tour of the Basilica of Santa Croce with him. Dan is the most charming tour guide who we instantly warmed to. He knows so much about the history of Florence and is happy to share his knowledge with tourists. He ties everything together with such enthusiasm and skill; the tour was a fantastic history lesson for all of us (2 adults in their 50s with 3 university age children).

Santa Croce is a beautiful building that is full of art and sculpture as well as being a home to the epitaphs of many famous Florentines. Dan is brilliant at linking these altogether so you come away having learned so much about this most-significant building. It is essential that visitors spend time at the Santa Croce when visiting Florence. We loved it more than the Duomo.

Dan Harper is the guy to help you fully appreciate how important the cathedral is. You won't be disappointed.

danharperflorence@gmail.com
Written September 13, 2022
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore4,332 contributions
Nov 2022
This the principal Franciscan church in Florence and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. It is situated on the famous Piazza di Santa Croce, about 800 meters south-east of the Duomo.. It is the also burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo Galile, Machiavelli, the poet Foscolo, the philosopher Gentile and the composer Rossini, thus it is known also as the Temple of the Italian Glories . We were at nearby for a Day Tour of Florence and spent some time here.
Treasued and an immense artistic wealth in Santa Croce include frescoes by Gaddi (in the Cappella Maggiore sharing the story of the holy cross "santa croce") showing scenes from the life of St. Francis and St. John the Evangelist. There’s also the crucifix by Cimabue, bronze and gilded statue of Saint Louis of Toulouse. A draw for tourist all over the World.
From the exterior we can see that Santa Croce is a church in the Gothic style with a whitish shade but we understand that a neo-gothic facade was designed and added on in the 19th century.
A notable point is the huge church square (piazza Santa Croce) in front of the basilica. It is one of the city hot spots, and is well known for its leather shops and stalls where you can find good bargains on leather goods. In fact we dropped by 1 of them whose owner was the operator of lunch restaurant we encountered.!
The large square is used as an open air market (in Winter for a Christmas market). We were here in end-Nov and it was setup, so we had much fun till about 7pm before we head back to Hotel.
Written December 22, 2022
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Marieka86
United Kingdom272 contributions
Dec 2019
Resting place of the great and the good - it's like taking an entire Italian historical and cultural tour on one little spot. I only wish there was more information available, or I'd prepared better, to get the most out of what was there. (Although I realise it is still a church and not a museum!) The building itself is a feast for the eyes and there's lots of corners and aspects to explore (including the history of flooding), then relax in the peaceful courtyard garden. Well worth the ticket price and, unusually for Florence, I found no need for timed tickets or a queue, but give yourself plenty of time to wander within!
Written April 1, 2020
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