Santa Croce Square and Bargello Museum
Join our Santa Croce Square and Bargello Museum guided tour in English with a professional guide. All our tours are led by officially authorized, highly qualified and experienced guides.
The itinerary starts from S.Croce square, where is located the largest Franciscan church in Florence constructed against the Dominican church of S. Maria Novella. Through old narrow medieval roads you’ll find the Bargello museum with the most important collection in the world of Renaissance Tuscan sculpture, with fundamental works by Donatello, Della Robbia, Verrocchio and Michelangelo, along with a significant group of medieval French ivories, Italian majolicas and weapons.
The Tour will last 1 hour and 30 min., and will give you an high quality and entertaining introduction to these masterpieces of Florence and to their hidden meaning!
Please note : the Tour is conducted only in English
What makes this Tour Unique?
- Visit with an highly qualified guide
- Admire Florence breathing its history in the most beautiful streets and squares
- Discover all the anecdotes about this city
Reduced and free tickets
- European Community citizens between 18 and 25 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
- Teachers from EU public institutes (Città del Vaticano, Montecarlo, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Repubblica di San Marino, Lichtestein included) with proof of tenure.
- Citizens under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.
Please check the day and departure times of the Tour in the Booking Box at the top.
1 hour and 30 minutes
15 minutes before the starting time, meet the guide at the Fountain of Santa Croce Square.
Local guide officially authorized.
Whisper System (included only for groups over 10 persons).
At the Fountain of Santa Croce Square - Florence.
- Santa Croce Square : formerly this part of the town was a sort of island formed by the two arms of the Arno River and it was chosen by the Franciscans in the 13th Century as the place for their settlement. The square, very large and rectangular, became the protagonist of festivals, shows, and popular games such as the famous "calcio in costume" (fancy-dress football) that still takes place here every June. Here the Franciscans built their church (on the remains of the previous one) on a project by Arnolfo di Cambio and its construction lasted from 1295 to 1443, and now it has a Gothic facade. Its dimensions are impressive and, inside, find place majestic works: the graves of famous people like Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Niccolò Machiavelli (author of The Prince), the composer Rossini, the poet Ugo Foscolo and the tomb of Vittorio Alfieri made by Canova, as well as the cenotaph of Dante, the beautiful Annunciation by Donatello and the Crucifix by Cimabue. Of particular interest are also the numerous chapels, the Bardi Chapel, the Pazzi Chapel (designed by Brunelleschi), the Baroncelli Chapel and many others, all painted by Giotto and his students.
- Bargello Museum : at the corner of Via del Proconsolo, overlooks this austere building constructed starting from 1255 and remodeled until 1445; former seat of the Captain of the People, began to host in the mid-14th Century the figure of the Podestà and finally, under Cosimo I de'Medici, the "Bargello" (from which the building takes name) who at that time was the chief of police. In the 13th Century was also realized the courtyard that suffered deep changes, such as the closure of the portico, when the palace was destined as a prison. In 1865 was inaugurated the National Museum at the ground floor and were opened two rooms of arms, and today the museum houses a very important collection of Renaissance Tuscan sculpture with works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Giambologna, Verrocchio, Cellini, as well as a large majolicas and French ivories collections.
30 May 2016
A beautiful Basilica holding the remains of some of the generations of Florentine poets, scientists, artists, philosophers etc etc. Unfortunately, Dante is missing as he was banished from Florence and this sentence was not reprieved until 2008. Ravenna will now not return his remains. You cannot be impressed more by the magnificence of this building and the restoration work being...
29 May 2016
The interiour is so much more beautiful then that of the Duomo. Be sure to visit this basilica. Also where the tomb of galileo and dante is located. Such beautifull sculptures
28 May 2016
We weren't planning to stop in here but happened to walk by and saw the marble-covered facade and thought it might be worth a visit. So glad we did - inside are tombs for Galileo, Michaelangelo, and Donatello, to name a few. The altar and cross are stunning, and on a hot day, it is cool and peaceful inside. The...
28 May 2016
In our visit to this medieval church, we found more evidence that the best of Florence clearly lies indoors rather than out. The Basilica di Santa Croce (Holy Cross) is the principal Franciscan church in the city and a short walk from the Duomo. A must-see for fans of Michelangelo who is entombed there along with Galileo and Machiavelli. The...
28 May 2016
Great basilica with great art. Notice the Dante statue in front of entrance to the basilica. Can't take pictures inside.
28 May 2016
Am quite sure some will miss this but it really is a must see. It holds a few surprise people there including Michaelangelo and some of the Bonaparte family. Made it special as the bells rang as we left.
28 May 2016
The amount of culture, history and sophistication in this building is unparalleled, in my humble opinion. I would warn the ladies that knees must be covered or we are not permitted to enter--but I would've bought a skirt in the plaza just to get in. All the great artists, thinkers, movers and shakers who created the masterpieces that we visit...are...
28 May 2016
It was humbling to realize we were in the presence of the remains of some of the most illustrious Italians, including Michelangelo, Galileo, & Rossini. The funerary monuments' art work & sculptures in the many chapels in this HUGE church (dates back to the 13th century) is impressive. The floor is scattered with scores of marble grave markers. A definite...
27 May 2016
Went to this Basilica and was overwhelmed by the number of famous artists buried here. Visited the grave of Michelangelo and Rafael to name just a few. One happy find was the Scuola del Cuoio (Leather School) connected to the church by the monastery. I walked in and found there was an entire school that taught people how to make...
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27 May 2016
Great art on the resting places of great names in history: Dante, Miguel Angel, Rossini... There's even a free guided tour given by volunteers whom are so knowledgeable. You'd be surprised by the great art works shown at this Basilica. No lines, no crowds! Again... best time to visit is in the afternoon before 5:30pm. You cannot miss the amazing...