Florence: Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce

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Florence: Entrance and Guided Tour of Santa Croce

From US$ 57.20 per person

Enjoy a small group tour of the Basilica of Santa Croce, known as the Temple of the Glories of Italy. As a mausoleum for important personalities, it houses the tombs of the painter and sculptor Michelangelo, the author Dante, and the scientist Galileo.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the treasures of Santa Croce and its role during the Middle Ages
  • Admire the work of important Italian artists including Michelangelo, Donatello, and Brunelleschi
  • See the magnificent tomb of Michelangelo
Full description
Visit Santa Croce, also known as the Temple of the Glories of Italy, on this guided tour. Santa Croce was at the heart of the Franciscan order, which was known for the mass preaching in the square during the Middle Ages to combat heresy that was very popular with serfs and peasants. The Basilica has served as a mausoleum for Italy’s most important artists, politicians, and philosophers. It is the final resting place of Michelangelo, Dante, and Galileo. Learn from the detailed explanations of your official English-speaking guide. Enjoy the beauty of the art of Donatello and his crucifix, one of the jewels of the Renaissance, as well the the art of Brunelleschi and the perfect architectural harmony of his Chapel of Fools. The Church bears the marks of history, including those left by the tragic flood of 1966 that damaged several paintings and destroyed the monumental cemetery, which was subsequently restored and is part of this tour. 
Includes
  • Admission ticket to Santa Croce
  • Guided tour with an official local guide
  • Earphones for larger groups
  • Monolingual guided tour

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    • Passport or ID card
    • Comfortable shoes

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    • Pets
    • Smoking
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Short skirts

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    • Please note that visitors are asked to behave and dress appropriately and observe silence in the Church
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    4.8 / 5

    based on 22 reviews

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    • Guide
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    • Value for money
      4.4 / 5
    • Service
      4.8 / 5
    • Organization
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    Francesca is the perfect guide

    It cannot be easy to tell what your group is interested in after just a few minutes introduction but Francesca did a wonderful job. A perfect teacher to her small group of students! We learnt so much about the astonishing history of Santa Croce and how important it was and is to the history of the region and indeed the whole world. Thank you so very much.

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    October 14, 2017

    Brilliant history if art lesson

    We were a small group of four with tour guide Samuele (Sam) . He had a very interesting way of presenting the tour as a historical timeline which worked very well. Sadly we had to leave early because of a Misunderstanding about the booking of an earlier double tour. However we didn't miss too much and really enjoyed the visit.

    May 24, 2017

    Very good , fabulous experienced knowledgable guide Alessandro

    We really enjoyed this tour , with experienced knowledgeable guide Alessandro . She knew so much about the history , art , sculptures and architecture we were a small group ,she spoke very good English , would strongly recommend this excellent and most enjoyable tour . As it was our first trip to Florence , it was so good to have a great guide .

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    October 19, 2016

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