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Santa Croce Church in Florence

Santa Croce in Florence is one of the city’s most distinctive neighborhood. It encompasses several fascinating museums, the city’s synagogue, lively markets and piazzas, the National Library and the impressive church that gives it the name. Even if you’re tired of church-hopping, Santa Croce in Florence has a great deal to offer: a museum, beautiful courtyards, famous paintings and a multitude of illustrious tombs and memorials.

Santa Croce Church in Florence

Santa Croce Church in Florence is one of the city’s most distinctive neighborhood. It encompasses several fascinating museums, the city’s synagogue, lively markets and piazzas, the National Library and the impressive church that gives it the name.

Even if you’re tired of church-hopping, Santa Croce in Florence has a great deal to offer: a museum, beautiful courtyards, famous paintings and a multitude of illustrious tombs and memorials. Great Italians like Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Machiavel, to mention a few, are buried here.

The Church formerly belonged to the Franciscans who came to Florence when that area was still a slum, home to poor folk like the dyers and the wool workers. It’s something of a paradox the most unwordly of the religious orders built one of the largest churches in the world designed by the greatest architect of his time, Arnolfo di Cambio (who also designed the Duomo and the Palazzo della Signoria). Inside the effect is one of great spaciousness. The Franciscan preaching had a huge impact on the poor people who lived there, thanks to its message that all men were equal.

Let me guide you through Santa Croce: I will tell you stories of political upheavals, wealthy donors, public events, condemned men, overheated preachers, river floods and art masterpieces.

 

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A guided visit to Santa Croce Church in Florence will enthral you thanks to the many historic and cultural facts that have given this city area its peculiar identity. Whether you want to focus on the complex or include Santa Croce Tour in a longer guided tour of Florence, you will not avoid loving this charming place.

HOURSTICKETS

Opening hours:

Monday – Saturday
9:30 am – 5:30 pm (last admission is at 5:00 pm: the ticket office closes half an hour before closing time).

Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation: Epiphany (January 6), Assumption of Mary (August 15), All Saints Day (November 1), Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8)
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm (last admission is at 5:00 pm: the ticket office closes half an hour before closing time).

Full Price: € 6,00
Reduced: € 4,00 (for children 11 to 17 years, for school groups, for groups that include a minimum of 15 people; this entrance fee doesn’t include headsets rental)

Free admission

  • Children younger than 11 years old
  • Residents of Florence and province
  • Disabled Travellers and their own assistant
  • Professional Licensed Tour Guides
  • Professional Licensed Tour Leaders
  • Teachers visiting Santa Croce with a school group (1 free teacher entrance for every 15 students)

Family ticket: full price ticket (= € 6,00) for adults and free admission for children younger than age 18

Combined ticket (Complex of Santa Croce + Buonarroti House): € 8,50