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Florence: Entrance Ticket to Santa Croce Basilica Complex

1. 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.

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

2. 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 8 Santa Maria Novella Train Station (in front of the luggage storage) Stop 9 Libertà Stop 10 Donatello Stop 11 Beccaria Stop 12 Santa Croce Stop 13 Teatro Verdi Stop 1 Viale Michelangiolo Stop 2 Piazzale Michelangelo Stop 3 Galileo Stop 4 Villa Cora Stop 5 Porta Romana Stop 6 Piazza Tasso Stop 7 Piazza Indipendenza Line B 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 Galileo Stop 2 Piazzale Michelangelo Stop 3 Lungarno Serristori Stop 4 Grazie Stop 5 Lungo l’Affrico Stop 6 Museo del Calcio Stop 7 Righi (ostello) Stop 8 San Domenico Stop 9 Fiesole Stop 10 San Domenico Stop 11 Via Bolognese Stop 12 Via Fabbroni Stop 13 Via Trento Stop 14 Via Pier Capponi Stop 15 Piazzale Donatello Stop 16 Piazza Beccaria Stop 17 Viale Michelangiolo Stop 18 Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence: Old Town Golf Cart Excursion

3. Florence: Old Town Golf Cart Excursion

Explore the historic center of Florence by electric golf cart and leave your conscience clean as you cover more sights than possible on a walking tour. Climb aboard the eco-friendly cart in Piazza San Firenze and drive through the streets of the Renaissance city, passing Piazza Signoria and the Porcellino Market. Continue to the Duomo and marble façade of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Journey along the banks of the River Arno to Piazza Ognissanti. An MP3 player will be provided with commentary about the history of the city and its sites so that you can sit back and relax as your escort drives you across the Santa Trinita Bridge. Marvel at the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio. Continue to the Ponte alle Grazie, rebuilt after it was destroyed in World War II. Go to the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (National Central Library) on Piazza Santa Croce to see the largest library in Italy.

Florence: Vintage Bike Tour with Gelato Tasting

4. Florence: Vintage Bike Tour with Gelato Tasting

Go where bus tours can't on a guided bike tour of Florence. See more sights in less time with a bike. Pass by top sights like Piazza Duomo, Palazzo Pitti, Uffizi square, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Indulge your sweet tooth with a complimentary gelato. Meet your guide and get set up with your well-maintained vintage bike and a helmet. Glide down pedestrian areas and narrow side streets away from the usual tourist paths. Set off on your ride through the Renaissance city center streets. Visit the 13th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Take in views of the vast Pitti Palace and admire the vibrantly colored shops on the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge. Gaze at the architecture of the Uffizi square and see the Santa Croce church. Cycle through the Piazza della Signoria and the medieval district. Stop to admire the Duomo and the classical fountains in Piazza della Repubblica. Finish your tour with an tasty gelato while enjoying the bustle of the Oltrarno district. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cycling adventure.

Florence: Taste Tuscan Food and Wine on a Guided Foodie Tour

5. Florence: Taste Tuscan Food and Wine on a Guided Foodie Tour

Relish the famous flavors of Florence on a guided food tour in the heart of this historic city. Surround yourself in history as you explore the ornate Florentine streets and squares, savoring authentic Tuscan food and wine along the way. Choose the morning food tour to visit the ancient Sant'Ambrogio Market of Florence and try a variety of delicious Tuscan food with Chianti wine. Meet your guide in the heart of the city and begin your foodie adventure. Follow your guide through picturesque Florentine streets as you scout out tasty specialties. Start with a sweet pastry before sampling a variety of delicious Tuscan food and Chianti wine. Discover shops filled with fresh produce, artisan bakeries, and wine cellars selling glasses of wine on the street before arriving at the famous "All'Antico Vinaio." Skip the lines at this iconic eatery, voted the most-reviewed venue in the world in 2014, and try the famous schiacciata (focaccia). Trace the origins of the city's long history as the birthplace of the Renaissance while exploring hidden squares and lesser-known alleys. Treat yourself to a much-deserved Italian gelato and finish your tour with a new understanding of Florentine cuisine and tradition.

Florence: Walking Tour of Dante's Florence with a Guide

6. Florence: Walking Tour of Dante's Florence with a Guide

Discover Florence and its medieval history. Walking around this extremely fascinating city and visit places where one of the most famous poets of Italy lived: Dante Alighieri. Explore places where Dante Alighieri lived from his birth (1265) to his exile (1302). Find out with us all the places that belonged to Dante! You'll discover with us "Fiorenza", as Dante used to call Florence when Giotto's Bell Tower, Brunelleschi Dome, and even Palazzo Vecchio did not exist. During Dante's life, the city was a network of narrow streets, stone-built houses, and wooden houses. The city was full of towers, small churches, and studios. You'll walk in the footsteps of Dante, investigating through monuments, tombstones, characters, houses, towers, and historical streets that lead to the great poet. During this walking tour, you'll walk through the steps of the Divine Comedy, so you'll understand better also the masterpiece of Dante. Our tour starts in Duomo Square, where stands the oldest building of the city and the baptistery of San Giovanni. In medieval times, this square was the entrance of the city, from here begins the so-called “Dante's District". In fact, if you walk looking upward, you can see the words of Dante carved on the walls of the ancient Florentine towers. During this tour, we will visit the place where he is thought he was born and where he first saw Beatrice. Then, we will move to the Dante Studies Center and Ponte Vecchio, where according to the legend the struggle among Guelphs and Ghibellines began, and the city was divided into two parts. At this point, we will reach the heart of Florence during medieval times: Piazza della Signoria and its Palazzo Vecchio, where Dante's funerary mask is kept inside. At the end of this amazing tour, we will see one of the most beautiful statues of Dante, in Piazza Santa Croce, you'll admire such an amazing marble statue of Dante Alighieri holding in his right hand the Divine Comedy.

Livorno Port, Pisa, Florence: Full-Day Shore Excursion

7. Livorno Port, Pisa, Florence: Full-Day Shore Excursion

Begin your excursion with a 50-minute / 1 hour drive to Pisa, stopping first at the Miracles Field, where you’ll see the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa, along with the Duomo and Baptistry. You’ll have time to take photos here and shop for souvenirs.  Prepurchasing the tickets on line on "Get Your Guide" or "Opapisa" sites, you will be able to visit the Leaning Tower and/or Duomo and Baptistry. Florence is a 1-hour drive away and on arrival you’ll stop at Michelangelo Square for breathtaking views of the major sights of Florence. Your driver will also stop at Santa Croce Square and Church, known best for the tombs of Italian notables such as Michelangelo and Galileo. Possible visit to the Academia Museum (prepurchasing the "Skip the Line" tickets) to see Michelangelo's David. Will drive then to the heart of Florence, Repubblica Square, where you'll experience the major attractions of the city, such as the Duomo, the Porcellino Market and the Old Bridge, having free time for lunch (cost not incld) and shopping. After lunch and shopping, depart around 4:00 PM for the drive back to Livorno and your ship. If you’d like to try some of Italy’s best gelato, your driver will make a stop along the way.

Florence: Medici Dynasty History Museum Ticket

8. Florence: Medici Dynasty History Museum Ticket

The Museo de' Medici - located in one of the most extraordinary buildings in the city - is the place to discover the history of the most famous dynasty in the world. From Lorenzo the Magnificent to the Electress Palatine, the memory of Casa Medici is preserved and handed down here through the exhibition of precious collections of works of art, historical relics, original documents, faithful reconstructions and multimedia installations. Visiting the Medici history museum in Florence is also an opportunity to discover an extraordinary monument: the Rotonda Brunelleschi. Designed and begun by the most famous architect of the Renaissance, the Rotunda remained incomplete from 1437 for five hundred years. This extraordinary place, modeled on the Roman Pantheum, was part of the most important humanistic library of the time, frequented by Cosimo the Elder, Lorenzo the Magnificent and Leo X. Later Cosimo I, Grand Duke, wanted to make it the first seat of the Academy of Arts and of the Drawing and, in the nineteenth century, the sculptor Enrico Pazzi sculpted the famous statue of Dante today in Piazza Santa Croce. Finally reopened to the public after twenty years of closure, the Rotonda now houses the precious collections of the Museo de' Medici.

Florence: Audio Guide Tour with 21 Attraction Visits

9. Florence: Audio Guide Tour with 21 Attraction Visits

Welcome to the enchanting city of Florence, where history, art, and culture converge in a harmonious dance. As you embark on this self-guided audio tour, prepare to be swept away by the timeless beauty that defines the heart of Tuscany. Nestled along the banks of the Arno River, Florence is a living masterpiece, boasting a rich tapestry of Renaissance architecture, world-renowned art, and a vibrant atmosphere that resonates through its cobbled streets. Your journey begins here, at the cradle of the Renaissance, where each corner whispers tales of the past and every alleyway unveils a new chapter in the city's storied history. 🎨 As you wander through the historic center, be prepared to witness the legacy of great minds like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli. The Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia are not mere buildings but portals to a bygone era, where genius and creativity knew no bounds. Let the echoes of the past guide you through the Florence Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, and the charming Piazza della Signoria. But Florence is not just a living museum; it's a city that breathes life into its traditions, markets, and delectable cuisine. As you stroll through the bustling Mercato Centrale, let the aromas of fresh produce and the lively chatter of locals immerse you in the authentic Florentine experience. Learn more about the top 21 tourist attractions in Florence. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central station and then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Firenze Santa Maria Novella 2. Church of Santa Maria Novella 3. Mercato Centrale 4. Basilica di San Lorenzo 5. Museo di San Marco 6. Galleria dell'Accademia 7. Museo dell'Opera del Duomo 8. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore 9. Piazza del Duomo 10. Campanile di Giotto 11. Battistero di San Giovanni 12. Palazzo Strozzi 13. Ponte Vecchio 14. Uffizi Gallery 15. Palazzo Vecchio 16. Piazza della Signoria 17. Piazza Santa Croce 18. Basilica of Santa Croce 19. Basilica of San Miniato al Monte 20. Piazzale Michelangelo 21. Palazzo Pitti Join us on this self-guided audio tour, where the past meets the present, and every step is a journey through time. Your adventure awaits, and Florence is ready to reveal its secrets – are you ready to uncover them? Let's dive into the magic that is Florence, a city that transcends time and captivates the soul. Enjoy your exploration!

Florence: Michelango's City Exploration Game

10. Florence: Michelango's City Exploration Game

The city game starts at Piazza Santo Spirito. It will take you around 1 hour to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Piazza Santa Croce. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.



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What people are saying about Piazza di Santa Croce

Very interesting church. We rented the audio guide which was very helpful. Easy to access our tixkets

Interesting, wonderful. Place of Italian history. A lot of emotions. I highly recommend this tour.

Worth! Much better than other visits, like the Academy, and at a better price.

Beautiful experience, and so easy to get in to the Basilica!

complex is very nive and there's wuitexa lit to see.