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Florence: Entrance Ticket to Santa Croce Basilica Complex

1. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Santa Croce Basilica Complex

Cross the threshold of an ancient monumental complex founded by the Franciscans in the early thirteenth century. The complex is still perfectly preserved to this day. See famous works of art and be inspired by this unique complex, where art, tradition, and spirituality are all intertwined. There are thousands of 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 the modern day. 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.

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Florence: Highlights Guided Walking Tour

2. 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.

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Florence & Pisa Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

3. 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.

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Florence: Renaissance City Walking Tour

4. Florence: Renaissance City Walking Tour

Begin in the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery and the Piazza della Signoria, home to the prestigious Palazzo Vecchio. Gazing up at the Loggia dei Lanzi, marvel at these admirable works of art while learning about their history. Follow narrow alleys to the renowned square of Santa Croce. The church here, a smaller version of Florence’s iconic Duomo, is the final resting place of many illustrious Italian historical figures like Dante Alighieri and Michelangelo. Traverse the external path of the Vasari Corridor to Ponte Vecchio, a picturesque bridge with charming goldsmith shops.  Then explore the most authentic districts of Florence: famous for their artisan shops and their ancient tower houses, the Oltrarno district and the neighborhoods of S. Frediano and Santo Spirito boast an international flair mixed with local traditions that provide insight into Florence’s vibrant local scene. From Ponte Santa Trinita, move on to Via Tornabuoni and stroll through the Piazza della Repubblica before coming face to face with Florence’s iconic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

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Florence: Family Highlights Tour with the Statue of David

5. 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

Massimo provided a wonderful tour of Pisa and Florence

Massimo provided a wonderful tour of Florence and Pisa. They met our cruise ship, were on time and got us to Pisa before all the cruise ship busses showed up. Next they took us to Florence were we saw all the major locations followed by a pickup and quick return to our cruise ship. I would use them again as well as possibly use them for a land tour in the future.

Excellent tour and Guide (Laura)

Laura picked us up on time in a prestige clean SUV and drove us safely all day with the most extraordinary dialogue. What she does no know about Tuscany is not worth knowing. Showed us all the usual tourist places and some not so well known. Offered water and sweets to suck on if we needed and dropped us back at the Port in time for us to sail. Highly recommend.

We are so happy that, Laura, was our tour guide today! She is very knowledgeable about the area and made sure we were comfortable and on time. We highly recommend this tour company. If you can request Laura, you will not be disappointed!

Fabio was fabulous! Also helpful knowledgeable and expericed. Made exploring Pisa and Flirence a breeze.

Loved the visit, Camilla was so nice and told me so many things about Florence!