Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence

4.7
The burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, Basilica of Santa Croce holds the tombs of such luminaries as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini. The city's principal and the world's largest Franciscan church, the building was completed in 1385. The site's most notable features are its 16 chapels, many decorated with frescoes painted by Giotto and his pupils. The building's design reflects the austere approach favored by the Franciscans, with the floor plan following the figure of the Tau cross (the shape of the letter T), which was the symbol of St. Francis. The church's main cloister houses a simple, unadorned chapel designed by architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Choose from several guided tour options; advance reservations are required. General admission tickets can be purchased at the onsite ticket office, by phone, or online. Basilica of Santa Croce is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
Create an itinerary including Basilica of Santa Croce
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Tours to Basilica of Santa Croce

Basilica of Santa Croce reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
8,994 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • A beautiful building overall but bit pricy to go in as basically only tombs to see which can be done in 10min  more »
  • Basilica is another basilica.. Walk round the back to the grave yard. It's fascinating and massive!! Mausoleum after mausoleum. Some old some new but 100's of them. This place had a strange...  more »
Google
  • This is a great church to visit not because of the beautiful cathedral. The church is very typical in Italy. What make this church famous is the most famous people in Florence bury here. It is know as temple glory with many glorious people in one place.The know people in the world who are bury there including great artist Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci
  • Santa Croce is so stunning from the square. It's unique 5 point star on the facade is breathtaking. Definitely a stop on any itinerary. One of the points of interest for is that there are famous Italians buried here (kind of like Westminister Abbey) so be sure to see if someone you admire is laid to rest here. Also before entering check to see if any exhibits are closed as was the case during our visit.

Plan your trip to Florence

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Florence

See all ›
©
World heritage site
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
©
World heritage site
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
©
World heritage site
Piazzale Michelangelo
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
©
World heritage site
Pitti Palace
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Florence

©
World heritage site
Piazza del Campo Siena
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings Siena
4.9
Duration: 5 hours
©
World heritage site
Castello del Trebbio Santa Brigida
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
©
Winery / Vineyard
Guardastelle Vineyard San Gimignano
4.9
Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Florence

©
World heritage site
The Baptistery of St. John
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
©
Food Tour
Food Tours
4.9
Duration: 3h 30 min
©
World heritage site
Museo di San Marco
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
©
World heritage site
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
4.6
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Florence

See all ›
©
Art Gallery
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
©
Art Museum
Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
©
Art Gallery
M.G. Design
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Art Museum
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Florence

See all ›
©
Flea Market
Mercato Centrale
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
La Pelle
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Massai Orafi in Florence
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Le Mie Ceramiche
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Florence

©
World heritage site
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
World heritage site
Ponte Vecchio
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
©
World heritage site
Campanile di Giotto
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Scooter / Moped Tour
Walkabout Florence Tours
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Cuor di Pelle Leather Shop
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Shopping Tour
Guida per Firenze
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
QUOIO By Rough Florence
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Food Tour
Mundo Limousine
4.9
Duration: 8 hours