Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Florence

(4.6/5 based on 6,000+ reviews on the web)
The burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence 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. Work out when and for how long to visit Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence and other Florence attractions using our handy Florence vacation route planner.
Create a full Florence itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Florence

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. 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.

Plans in Florence by other users

21 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Florence BY A USER FROM KUWAIT April, culture, relaxing, romantic, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Italy BY A USER FROM FRANCE August, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Italy BY A USER FROM GERMANY April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Tuscany BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Northwest Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 3 days in Florence & Venice BY A USER FROM NIGERIA March, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Italy BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Italy & Greece BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Italy & Greece BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The basilica seemed much quieter than the duomo but was every bit as interesting. Beautiful interiors with lovely frescoes. Lots of memorials to well known personalities - Michelangelo, Dante, etc. We...  more »
  • Wonder when you enter inside this neighborhood hesitate not to visiting Museo HORNE Foundation that allows you to relive the atmosphere d a Florentine House in the renaissance Via dei benci 6.
    View original
  • Gothic Renaissance church pure shapes. The square in front of it magnificent splendor. Inside "the URNs of the strong" sung by Foscolo. There are urns or effigies of famous people like Galileo Galilei. It is exciting.
    View original
Google
  • Very nice architecture with a very subtle mixture of three different tones of marble. Many well known Italian people are buried in there.
  • Great place to visit to witness tombs of famous Florentines. Buy ticket online to save time from standing in long line. Lots to see so give at least one hour or more.
  • A great architectural masterpiece, traditional but also rebellious by its form and colors
  • Large and beautiful church. Lots to see on the inside and the plaza in front is lovely as well.
  • Everything about this church is beautiful- it is in this church that you get to view many of the funerary monuments of many of the Italian greats such a Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli! and each monument is just beautiful. Admire everything, the floors, the walls (the frescoes!), and of course the ceiling. If you visit the official ticketing website 'ticka . santacroceopera . it ' (without spaces) you will see you have either the option of purchasing a ticket with a set date and time, or one that allows flexibility. As expected, the more flexible ticket is a little more expensive. Do not panic (like me) and think you will not be able to visit all that is listed on the admission ticket- while it may seem a lot of places, you will find everything is interlinked with one another. You are also able to purchase tickets on the day- look for the statue of Dante, behind that is the entrance to the church. Remember as you are entering a church to wear appropriate clothing (not too much leg, arms etc.) you will be checked before you go in.