- Validity: 1 day
- Priority access
- Photos without flash
- Videoguide available
What to expect
- See many chapels all decorated with beautiful frescoes
- Admire the works by Giotto
- Discover the tombs of many illustrious people
- Skip the line and don't waste your time
- Once entered, spend inside the church all the time you want
A wonderful Basilica
Built on the foundations of a twelfth-century Franciscan oratory located outside the city walls, the imposing church of Santa Croce that today dominates the square before it was consecrated in 1443, although the facade in white, red and green marbles was only completed in 1865.
In this Basilica painting and sculpture merge admirably; the building is in fact known for the numerous chapels patronized by the most important Florentine families of the time and which retain the greatest testimony of Florentine painting of the fourteenth century, as well as for hosting funeral monuments and tombs full of marble sculptures dedicated to some of the most illustrious protagonists of the arts.
In fact, we find the tomb of Ugo Foscolo, of Michelangelo, of Galileo Galilei, of Leon Battista Alberti, Leonardo Bruni, Gioacchino Rossini, the funeral monument in honor of Dante Alighieri and many others.
Among the chapels are worth noting: the Cappella Maggiore frescoed by Agnolo Gaddi around 1380 with Stories of the invention of the true cross (a dedication to the name of the church); on its right we find the Bardi Chapel frescoed with Storie di San Francesco and next to the Peruzzi Chapel frescoed with Stories of San Giovanni Battista and Evangelista, both realized by Giotto between 1320 and 1325; continuing you will find the Baroncelli Chapel frescoed by Taddeo Gaddi with Stories of the Life of the Virgin and the Infancy of Christ; the Castellani Chapel with Stories of Saints made by Agnolo Gaddi, and many other environments.
Outside we also find the Pazzi Chapel created by Filippo Brunelleschi and never completed, a space with a sober geometry but decorated with frescoes, stuccos and rounds of glazed pottery.
These are just some of the main environments of this wonderful Basilica that is worth visiting, we leave the rest to you to discover...
What is included
- Entrance with priority access
- Full-time entrance and you stay how long you want
- Reservation fees
- Access to temporary exhibitions
What is not included
- Guided tour
The following options can be purchased in addition to the tickets in the booking Wizard on this website.
- Videoguide: available in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish
- young people from 11 to 17 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
- groups of at least 15 people
Free Ticket (it is still required to pay the presale to skip the line) :
- under 11 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
Any handicapped person accompanied by the certificate of disability and the escort
- The ticket is valid all day until closing time of the Church starting from entrance time.
- The entrance time written on the tickets may be subject to small changes depending on the actual availability of the Church.
- For a satisfying experience it is recommended to reserve at least 1 hour and half to visit the Church.
- The tickets will be sent via email within 24-48 hours after purchase (on weekdays) with instructions on how to get there and what to do to enter.
- We inform you that, once booked, the date and time selected are binding. Please pick up your ticket at least 15 minutes before the reserved entrance. Who does not respect the time booked will not enter. To pick up the videoguide, you need a valid ID.
- The Church has a maximum capacity of people, in some periods of the year or special days you may experience short delays or waits not dependent on the Church or Italy Tickets.
- To enter the Church you need to be appropriately dressed.
- According to Church provisions, groups starting from eight people (guide included) will be obliged to wear headphones.
- The entrance for individual visitors and families is in Largo Bargellini, the street on the left looking at the facade of the Church. Groups enter from the left portal of the facade.