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Piazza di Santa Croce

Piazza di Santa Croce: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

1. Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

Experience Florence from an open-top double-decker tour bus. Hop on and off where you please or relax on board with insightful multilingual audio commentary. Enjoy 2 lines and choose from 24, 48, or 72-hour tickets. Explore this Renaissance city built on the banks of the river Arno. Feel the sunshine on your face on the open-top bus and admire the views of the Arno, Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Romana, and more. Line A This line goes through Florence city center and the entire route lasts approximately 1 hour. Stop 10 Santa Maria Novella Train Station (in front of the luggage storage) Stop 11 Libertà Stop 12 Donatello Stop 13 Beccaria Stop 14 Santa Croce Stop 15 Teatro Verdi Stop 1 Ferrucci Stop 2 Michelangelo Stop 3 Galileo Stop 4 Villa Cora Stop 5 Porta Romana Stop 6 Piazza Tasso Stop 7 Porta San Frediano Stop 8 Rotonda Barbetti Stop 9 Piazza Indipendenza Line B (currently suspended) Line B focuses on Florence and Fiesole. The bus includes stops at Fiesole, a famous Etruscan hillside city with breathtaking views of Florence. The entire route takes 2 hours. Stop 1 Michelangelo Stop 2 Ferrucci Stop 3 Demidoff Stop 4 Grazie Stop 5 Zecca Vecchia Stop 6 Lungo l'Affrico Stop 7 Righi (ostello) Stop 8 San Domenico Stop 9 Regresso Stop 10 Fiesole Stop 11 Regresso Stop 12 San Domenico Stop 13 Righi (ostello) Stop 14 Stadio Stop 15 Matteotti Stop 16 Libertà Stop 17 La Pira Stop 18 Leopolda Stop 19 Piazzale delle Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 20 Shelly Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 21 Vittorio Veneto Stop 22 Curtatone Stop 23 Soderini Stop 24 Tasso Stop 25 Porta Romana Stop 26 Machiavelli Stop 27 Galileo

Florence: Entrance Ticket to Santa Croce Basilica Complex

2. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Santa Croce Basilica Complex

Get skip-the-line tickets to the monumental ancient complex of Santa Croce, founded by the Franciscans in the early 13th century and perfectly preserved to this day. Admire famous works of art and be inspired by this unique complex, where art, tradition, and spirituality are all intertwined. Marvel at the masterpieces of inestimable value that, over the centuries, have made Santa Croce a unique place and an unmissable destination from the time of the 'Grand Tour' up until today. Discover works by Cimabue, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello Bronzino, Vasari, and Canova. Be inspired by the monumental tombs the greatest historical figures in Italy including Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Galileo, Alfieri, Rossini, and Foscolo. Enter the Pazzi Chapel, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, one of the most famous architects of the Renaissance period. Walk through the ancient cenacle and experience the atmosphere of the Franciscan convent whilst crossing through the cloisters.

Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

3. Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

Over the course of five days, visit the most enchanting locations of Italy, soaking up art, culture, cuisine and the famous Italian romance. Led by a friendly guide, depart from Rome and visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Padova, Venice and Montepulciano. See masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Giotto, and Cimabue. Roam ancient cobbled streets, marvel at magnificent cathedrals, and taste delightful wines. This tour aims to inform and entertain you at the same time. Staying in comfy accommodation and traveling by deluxe bus, touring Italy couldn’t be easier. With 4 meals provided for you, plus an excellent itinerary and knowledgeable guides, sit back, relax and "get Italian". Day 1 Depart from Rome at 7:15 AM heading towards Assisi. Explore this tiny town dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see works by Giotto and Cimabue. Afterwards drive towards Siena, whose highlight is Piazza del Campo. Continue to Florence where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner (included) and a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Florence After breakfast, spend the day exploring Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the Duomo, the Campanile Tower, Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch (for free) in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. In the afternoon, wander the cobbled streets or take a short, optional trip to Pisa where you could enjoy a tour of the Square of Miracles, the Leaning Tower and the Duomo. Dinner is at your leisure. Back in Florence rest in your hotel and recharge your batteries for the next day. Day 3 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through the city’s 38 kilometers' worth of elegant arcades, for which it is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, continue towards Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, famous for its quaint gondola boats and intricate architecture. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner (included) and overnight stay. Day 4: Venice Hit the water and board a private waterbus to enjoy a cruise through the canals of Venice. Stop off at Murano to learn about the ancient art of glass blowing. Continue on to St. Mark’s Square for an exterior visit of the splendid cathedral. See the Doge Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a spritz or Prosecco with your guide to cap off a day of discovery. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight. Day 5 After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles and its delicious wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Noble” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

Florence: Walking Tour for Kids and Families with Local

4. Florence: Walking Tour for Kids and Families with Local

Meet your professional kid-friendly guide in Piazza Santa Croce (below the statue of Dante) and start a marvelous 2.5-hour experience through the streets and squares of Florence. Your guide will tell you secrets and interesting stories of the Renaissance. You will be visiting the city center from Piazza Santa Croce to Ponte Vecchio bridge without missing the beautiful Loggia in Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo from outside, the area of the Uffizi Gallery and then Palazzo Vecchio the center of the Government of Florence. The tour will then end with Piazza della Repubblica, St. Lorenzo Market and the Porcellino. Your guide will play games, activities, scavenger hunts and will entertain and engage the whole family!

Florence: Tour for Kids w/ Michelangelo Statue of David

5. Florence: Tour for Kids w/ Michelangelo Statue of David

Meet in Piazza Santa Croce where the congregation containing Michelangelo's tomb will be found. You will investigate the downtown area, stop at the Ponte Vecchio connect and devour your eyes on the heart ceasing view over the slopes that circle Florence. At this point, you will stroll by the town lobby and the astounding Loggia in Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of Florence. On one side, you will appreciate the famous Uffizi Gallery, once the Great Duke's base camp, at that point Palazzo Vecchio, the notable seat of the Florentine Government. The visit will then proceed to the old market where you will play with good fortunes with Porcellino. You will see Piazza della Repubblica and visit the great cathedral. The congregation includes superbly saved, novel marble inscriptions, Brunelleschi's dome and most importantly, a supernatural occurrence of engineering, an image of the Renaissance development in Florence due to its challenging plan and difficult acknowledgment. The tour will be partly outdoors and indoors and include a visit of the Academy Gallery to see the statue of David.

Florence: Highlights Guided Walking Tour

6. Florence: Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Meet your expert guide in the heart of the ancient Roman city, the Piazza della Repubblica, where you will learn about the city’s foundation. Walk to Orsanmichele, a Medieval church with iconic Renaissance sculptures on its ornate facade, including work by the famous Donatello. At Piazza della Signoria you can hear the stories behind the Renaissance fountain, the statues and the Palazzo Vecchio which dominates the square with its soaring tower. Just beyond the palace is the Uffizi, a fine example of Renaissance architecture. Cross the Uffizi courtyard to reach the banks of the Arno River and admire the famous Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in town. Make a stop at Piazza Santa Croce. Once the stage for jousting tournaments, today it hosts the official sport of the city, Calcio Storico: an exciting mix of soccer, rugby and wrestling. The itinerary continues through the Medieval streets to the Bargello, then on to reach the Cathedral Square. Stop here to admire the record-breaking dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi and learn all about its construction. Just steps away from the Cathedral Square lies the Palazzo Medici. Learn about the history of the Medici family and how they created a golden age in Florence. See the beautiful palace courtyard with its elegant Renaissance architecture and ornamentation. The last stop on the itinerary is the church of San Lorenzo. With a foundation dating back to the 4th century, this was the original cathedral of Florence.

Florence Food Tour with All’Antico Vinaio skip the line

7. Florence Food Tour with All’Antico Vinaio skip the line

Experience the tastes and aromas of Tuscany on this guided walking tour in Florence. Uncover curiosities and hidden corners that only Florentines know while trying a variety of food and drinks. Stroll through a local market and enjoy skip-the-line access to the All’Antico Vinaio sandwich shop. Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office and begin your tour from the heart of the city. Begin your gastronomic journey the Italian way, with a “caffè al bancone” (coffee at the counter) and a sweet local pastry.  Listen to historical anecdotes on the way to the Renaissance Loggia del Pesce fish market. Walk through the vibrant Sant’Ambrogio district and stop at an ancient market. Follow your guide through the market and watch as locals buy fresh meat, fish, cheese, fruits and vegetables. Try a variety of mouth-watering Tuscan food and Chianti wine. After leaving the Market, continue to a wine shop to try two Tuscan wines. Pass through narrow, charming streets on your way to where Michelangelo lived. Head to the Piazza Santa Croce square. Have the unique opportunity to taste the most renowned Schiacciata sandwich in the world, with skip-the-line entry to the famous sandwich shop All’Antico Vinaio. Make your way to Piazza Signoria with its magnificent statues with a stop for more Chianti before returning to your starting point. Finish your tour with a sweet surprise.

Florence & Pisa Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

8. Florence & Pisa Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

Enjoy a full-day private shore excursion of Pisa and Florence from Livorno Port and discover the cradle of the Renaissance, one of the most important periods for art and architecture in history. Sit back and relax as you drive through the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. As you approach Florence, drive up the Viale dei Colli to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most impressive views of the city. Follow an uphill road, bordered by ancient walls, to Forte Belvedere, built by the Grand-Duke Ferdinand to protect his Medici villas. Enter the city via the Porta Romana to Pitti Palace, home to the Gallery of Modern Art, Costume Gallery, Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, Coach Museum, and Silver and Porcelain Museums, as well as the magnificent Boboli Gardens. The next stop is the Piazza della Repubblica, surrounded by historical literary cafés. Following the Via De'Calzaiuoli, admire masterpieces of Renaissance architecture around the Duomo. Your driver is completely at your disposal and will be happy to take you to Piazza Santa Croce to visit the Santa Croce Church to see where many famous Italians are buried. Cross the elegant Ponte Vecchio, still home to gold and jewelry vendors. For shopping hounds and hungry souls, explore the stores and trattorias of the city center, and sample a scrumptious plate of pasta or grab a smart new leather jacket. The most important street for shopping is Via De' Tornabuoni, with designer boutiques like Prada, Gucci, Armani, Cartier, and much more. You can also discover local crafts in small workshops in the Santa Croce or Santo Spirito neighborhoods. Or practice your bargaining skills at the San Lorenzo outdoor market. In the afternoon, you will drive to Pisa and explore the gentle town as it recalls the days of the Pisan Republic. See the astonishing Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), home to the medieval Duomo, Baptistery, and legendary Leaning Tower.

Florence: Private Electric Bike Night Tour

9. Florence: Private Electric Bike Night Tour

Experience the charming atmosphere of the Florentine summer evenings and discover the magic that Florence reserves for you. Onboard your electric bike, cross the Arno river, and reach Piazzale Michelangelo. From the wonderful terrace, marvel all the lighted monuments of Florence and the "Lungarni", the streets flanking the river with its typical street lamps.  Continue the tour and arrive in the historic center of Florence. Follow your guide along the medieval alleys of the city center and discover the world-famous Florentine squares. Admire Cathedral Square with its stunning Brunelleschi’s Dome, Santa Croce Square with its marvelous Gothic Basilica, Signoria Square with its unrivaled open-air museum of sculptures, and Repubblica Square with its historical cafés.

Florence: Family Highlights Tour with the Statue of David

10. Florence: Family Highlights Tour with the Statue of David

Your meeting point will be in Piazza Santa Croce, near the Santa Croce church where Michelangelo's tomb is situated. From there, start your walking tour through the city center, before making your first stop to Ponte Vecchio. After that you will arrive to the political center of Florence, Piazza della Signoria, which has an amazing Loggia in which you can admire marble and bronze statues created by Florentine artists from the 16th century. From there you can also see the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world's top rated galleries, before you continue your walking tour to the old market, another vibrant city location. Following that, you will reach another famous Florence square, Piazza della Repubblica, where your expert tour guide will fascinate you with stories and anecdotes about life in Florence, as well as its history and culture. Your next stop will be the amazing Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, or as the locals know it, the Duomo (cathedral). This cathedral was the first of its kind in terms of dimension and structure, and is also a symbol of the Renaissance in Florence. Lead by your guide, you will learn some of the history and interesting facts about the cathedral. At the conclusion of your tour, you can relax and savor a typical lunch at San Lorenzo's market, where you can also walk around the folkloristic market stalls.

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What people are saying about Piazza di Santa Croce

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,183 reviews

The Hop on Hop off bus is such a great way to ha e a quick tour round the city, decide what you want to see and get your bearings of the city a little (especially when travelling alone). The 10% discount from.showing your ticket in the next city also helps.with cost.

A very satisfying experience. Splendid paintings and sculpture. Book online to save queueing. We went at 11am and it was nicely quiet.

We rode the speed train from Rome to Florence. There was a location immediately outside of the station very convenient.

great guide gave us an essentials of the evolution of painting by the masters up to the Renaissance

Great tour; problem-free processing; friendly staff.