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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
Skip the Line: Santa Croce Basilica Entrance ticket
$14.84 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Gorgeous church
Our favorite church with beautiful stain glass and decorated ceiling. Courtyard outside was a nice surprise. We only had to wait a few minutes.
Tammy_W, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

star-5
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.
star-5
Very Informative & Interesting
June_R, Oct 2019
Florence: Santa Croce Church Tour
Jenny was our guide and did an excellent job of focussing on the most interesting aspects of the church. There is a surprising amount to see and Jenny was able to provide new insights on the key sculptors and painters. Well worth a visit.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.

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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