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Florence Santa Croce Basilica (Basilica di Santa Croce) Tours

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Florence Santa Croce Basilica (Basilica di Santa Croce)
One of the most striking and important churches in Florence, Santa Croce Basilica (Basilica di Santa Croce) is a classic example of Tuscan Gothic architecture. It’s also home to myriad works by Giotto, Gaddi, della Robbia, and Donatello, plus the tombs of numerous luminaries including Michelangelo, Galileo, Ghiberti, and Machiavelli.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 


Address: Piazza di Santa Croce, Florence 50122, Italy
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Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Discover Italian art, history and culture on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Florence. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and travel around the city’s top attractions, hopping on and off as you like. See the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo, the burial spot of Galileo and Machiavelli at Santa Croce church and more. Your pass includes unlimited rides for the duration selected and 360-degree views from the open air of the upper deck.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$22.28
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$22.28

Florence: Santa Croce Church Tour

Florence: Santa Croce Church Tour

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Santa Croce Basilica is among the most important and beautiful churches in Florence, so enrich your visit to the so-called “Temple of the Italian Glories” on a tour led by an official licensed guide. See the tombs of luminaries including Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli, admire museum-worthy frescoes by Giotto, and learn about the design of this Franciscan jewel.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.38
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Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce Basilica

Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce Basilica

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Discover the long and important history of Florence’s Santa Croce Basilica, and learn how it earned the nickname ‘Temple of the Glories of Italy.’ Best known as a mausoleum housing the remains of Italian luminaries including Michelangelo, Dante and Galileo, the basilica is also home to many gems of Renaissance art. Get the most out of your visit and hear the legends that surround this house of worship from an expert English-speaking guide.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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$60.21
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$60.21

Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School

Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School

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Discover the history and artistic heritage of Florence’s Gothic masterpiece on a private tour of Santa Croce Basilica. Wander the cloisters and chapels, admiring original frescoes by Donatello and Giotto, and see the ornate tombs of Italian luminaries like Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo. Trace the roots of the famous Florentine leather industry on a tour of the church’s leather workshop, founded in the 13th century by Franciscan friars.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$74.66
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Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

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Spend a day exploring the Italian cities of Florence and Pisa while in port in Livorno. With private pickup from your cruise, see the iconic Florence Duomo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa before returning to your ship at the end of the day. Upgrade your ticket to include a 3-hour tour in Florence with a private guide and skip-the-line entry to the Accademia and Uffizi galleries.
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  • 9 hours
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$397.78
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All Florence and Hills guided city tour with Accademia and Uffizi skip the line

All Florence and Hills guided city tour with Accademia and Uffizi skip the line

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Discover the rich culture, history and architectural gems of Florence on a not to be missed full-day sightseeing tour. Led by a local guide, reach on a GT Bus the gorgeous Piazzale Michelangelo and the Etruscan town of Fiesole, the most beautiful panoramic spots overlooking the city. Skip the line at the famed Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, home of world-famous masterpieces as the Michelangelo’s David and the Birt of Venus by Botticelli. Then, explore the bustling Piazza della Signoria and the stunning Duomo complex. To upgrade your ticket, opt for an authentic Italian lunch at a local historic restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
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$144.50
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Private Tour of Uffizi Gallery and Santa Croce Basilica

Private Tour of Uffizi Gallery and Santa Croce Basilica

The Uffizi Gallery and Basilica of Santa Croce are undoubtedly two of Florence’s must-see attractions. With its breathtaking works by Botticelli, Lippi, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo de Vinci, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt, just to name a few, it’s not hard to see why the Uffizi Gallery is one of Florence’s most popular museums. Yet it’s sheer scale and long lines can leave visitors frustrated and overwhelmed. Not to worry! With our exclusive tour service, you’ll skip the lines and your private tour guide will steer you to all the most important works, detailing their individual histories and significance.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Michelangelo' House and Santa Croce Basilica Private Tour

Michelangelo' House and Santa Croce Basilica Private Tour

Delve into the art and life story of Michelangelo during a private tour of Basilica di Santa Croce and Casa Buonarroti. Learn about the life of the Florentine master, see his early works and sketches at his family home, and visit the place of his burial over the course of a few hours. All entrance fees and a private tour guide are included.
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  • 3 hours
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$198.69
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$198.69
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Florence Electric Bike Tour with Farm and Delicious Gelato

Florence Electric Bike Tour with Farm and Delicious Gelato

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Saddle up and see Florence and Fiesole on an electric bike tour. Led by a local guide, head first to the hilltop town of Fiesole to admire panoramic views of Tuscany. Then cycle through Florence to pass top sites like Piazzale Michelangelo, the Ponte Vecchio, and the iconic Duomo, as your guide provides commentary along the way. Take a break at a Florentine wine bar to sample some snacks and local Chianti blend. The electric bike motor will start as soon as you pedal so you can enjoy a leisurely trip.
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  • 4 hours
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$87.90
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Florence City Tour: Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria, Uffizi Gallery Skip the Line

Florence City Tour: Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria, Uffizi Gallery Skip the Line

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Meet your guide to embark on a sightseeing tour of Florence. Visit the Convent of San Domenico, Basilica di Santa Croce, and Piazza della Signoria, and enjoy panoramic views from Fiesole Hill. Then it’s time to tour the renowned Uffizi Gallery—with skip-the-line access and a guide—where you can view works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and other Renaissance artists.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Santa Croce - the Temple of Italic Glories

Santa Croce - the Temple of Italic Glories

The Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence was a point of attraction already in the XIX century. It is also known as the "Pantheon of Italic Glory". The monumental tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Niccolò Machiavell are the first that come to our attention. The church itself is rather impressive. The XIX century French writer Stendhal was so overwhelmed with the beauty of his surroundings that it made him feel ill. The Stendhal Syndrome became notorious, after this first instance. At Santa Croce you will find not only sculptures and tombs but a number of paintings. Giotto worked there, and the two chapels frescoed by him are corner-stones of Italian painting. Agnolo Gaddi frescoed the beautiful Central Chapel with the Stories of the True Cross. He also worked at the Castellani Chapel and left us Episodes of the lives of four saints. A great variety of art works and styles makes the visit even more interesting, as the pieces are still in the same places they were created for.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour: Santa Croce Church and the Artists' Quarter

Private Tour: Santa Croce Church and the Artists' Quarter

Step inside the largest Franciscan church in the world for a private tour of Florence’s Santa Croce Basilica. Learn why it’s also called the ‘Temple of the Italian Glories’ as you visit the tombs of Michelangelo, Rossini, Galileo, and other luminaries. The sacred space is rich in symbolism and artistic detail, which your personal guide will explain to help you get the most out of this architectural treasure.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Florence Night Segway Tour

Florence Night Segway Tour

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Glide around the beautiful streets of Florence on an evening tour by Segway. See the iconic Florence Duomo, the bustle of Piazza della Signoria, and the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of famous Italians such as Galileo and Michelangelo. Enjoy a stop before returning to your original departure point. Numbers are limited to eight on this tour to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Florence and Hills Day Tour with Accademia, Uffizi and Historic Center

Private Florence and Hills Day Tour with Accademia, Uffizi and Historic Center

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Explore the Renaissance city of Florence on a full-day tour with a private guide. See top attractions such as Michelangelo’s 'David' at the Accademia Gallery, Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower, San Lorenzo Basilica, Uffizi Galleries and more. Learn the stories and rich history behind each site that you pass, soaking up the personal attention from your private guide, with a tasty lunch included (if option selected).
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  • 8 hours
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$571.98
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$571.98
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Best of Florence Walking Tour

Best of Florence Walking Tour

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From masterpieces of Renaissance art to royal Medici intrigue, Florence is like a living history museum waiting to be explored. Uncover its medieval secrets on this guided 2-hour walking tour of historic highlights including the Pitti Palace, Ponte Vecchio, Church of Santa Croce, Piazza della Repubblica and the iconic Duomo. Hear your guide’s live narration clearly through an audio headset, and stop at one of the city’s best ‘gelaterias’ for a scoop of ice cream.
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  • 2 hours
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$30.10
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Florence and Pisa Private Tour from Livorno

Florence and Pisa Private Tour from Livorno

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Delve into the heart of beautiful Tuscany, and visit two of the region’s highlight cities, on this seamless shore excursion. Meet your guide at the Livorno Port, and travel via air-conditioned minivan to Florence. As this is a private tour, you’ll explore the city at your own pace: see the Duomo, browse its craft markets, admire the Piazza della Repubblica, and more. Your second stop is Pisa and its UNESCO-listed Piazza dei Miracoli, where you’ll encounter the world-famous Leaning Tower.
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  • 9 hours
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$921.15
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Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters

Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters

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Get an in-depth look at three beautiful churches as well as their ancient cloisters on this private tour in Florence. Visit the churches of San Lorenzo, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella before sitting down to a simple Tuscan lunch (if upgrade selected).
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  • 3 hours
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$122.83
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$122.83
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Sightseeing Guided Tour of Florence by Night including Duomo & Palazzo Vecchio

Sightseeing Guided Tour of Florence by Night including Duomo & Palazzo Vecchio

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Explore the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence on a 2-hour evening tour. See the historic city come alive as the sun sets and see key landmarks like the Duomo Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Church, and much more. Listen to stories and anecdotes from your informative guide as you stroll through the streets with a small group of no more than 15 guests.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.15
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$42.15
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Florence and the David: private walking tour

Florence and the David: private walking tour

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Take a whirlwind walking tour of Florence in just three hours with a private guide. With a flexible itinerary and the ability to travel at your own pace, you can make the most of your vacation time in the city. Highlights include the Academy Museums, where you'll get express entry without needing to wait in line, as well as Signoria Palace and the Piazza della Repubblica.
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  • 3 hours
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$222.95
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$222.95
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San Lorenzo Market Food and Wine Tour in Florence

San Lorenzo Market Food and Wine Tour in Florence

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Dig into the delicious culinary history of the Tuscan capital with this 4-hour food and wine tour of Florence. Join a knowledgeable local guide for visits to 7 places to eat or drink in the historic center – trattorias, restaurants, pastry shops, gelaterias, wineries and more. Check out the food vendors in the bustling San Lorenzo Market. Take this tour on your first day in Florence so you can eat better for the rest of your stay. Come hungry!
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  • 4 hours
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$107.17
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$107.17
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Florence panoramic bike tour with gelato

Florence panoramic bike tour with gelato

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This bike tour allows you to see more of Florence in a shorter amount of time than possible on foot. Your private guide’s efficient and comprehensive itinerary covers the city’s top landmarks, as well as hidden gems and side streets often overlooked by large-group tours. In addition to navigating, your guide provides commentary about stops along the route and a necessary stop for authentic gelato.
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  • 2 hours
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$111.80
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$111.80

Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour of Florence

Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour of Florence

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Explore the life and scientific legacy of one of the most famous Florentines on a private tour revolving around Galileo. Visit the astronomer’s namesake museum to learn about his life and see historic telescopes, and pay tribute at a forum and statue dedicated to him at the Observatory Museum. After learning about Galileo’s controversial theories and discoveries, finish the journey in front of his tomb inside the Basilica of Santa Croce.
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  • 4 hours
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$240.84
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$240.84
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Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

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When your cruise calls at Livorno, set off to explore Florence and Pisa on this private 9-hour shore excursion. With a personal chauffeur, travel to Pisa to admire the Leaning Tower and continue to Florence to see its Renaissance treasures independently. Perhaps choose to visit the Accademia Gallery (own expense) to see Michelangelo’s ‘David,’ and take in the likes of the Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, and more. Upgrade to include a 3-hour guided tour in Florence.
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  • 9 hours
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$270.94
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$270.94
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Evening Exclusive Private Walking Tour of the Best of Florence with Local Guide

Evening Exclusive Private Walking Tour of the Best of Florence with Local Guide

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Get a new perspective on Florence’s Renaissance charms on an evening walking tour, after the heats and crowds of the day have died down. See illuminated monuments like Santa Croce Church, Ponte Vecchio, and the Duomo, plus some lesser-known treasures well worth a look. Learn about the city’s ancient history as a private guide leads you on a well-planned route, stopping to savor a scoop of gelato along the way.
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  • 2 hours
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$83.75
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