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Visitor and background information for the basilica of Santa Croce, Florence.

This is tickitaly.com's information page for the church of Santa Croce in Florence, Tuscany - our ticket booking page is here.

The Basilica of Santa Croce is located in piazza Santa Croce, a short walk from piazza della Signoria, and is the largest Franciscan church in the world, reputedly founded by St Francis himself. Although lying little more than 800 metres from the cathedral (duomo), its site was originally outside the city walls - on marshland - and this low lying location saw the church badly damaged by the floods of 1966. The damage took decades to repair.

Construction of the current building is thought to have begun in the late thirteenth century, with the neo-Gothic facade and the campanile (bell-tower) being relatively recent additions - 1857 and 1842 respectively. The campanile replaced an earlier, lightning damaged, building.

The church is a treasure trove of Florentine art and is famous for the sixteen chapels, many of which have frescoes by Giotto and his pupils. The list of artists represented in the church is a very long one, but some heavy-hitters include Canova, Cimabue, the della Robbias, Donatello, Orcagna, Gaddi, Veneziana and Vasari.

Santa Croce is where Florence buried her great and good, and the basilica is the final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli to name but a few. These illustrious names - with their equally illustrious tombs and cenotaphs - see the church also being known as the 'Temple of Italian Glories' (Tempio dell'Itale Glorie).

The church is huge, with a floor plan based on a Tau cross, the symbol of St Francis. The splendid cloister is, at least partially, attributed to Brunelleschi, author of the duomo, and remains adamantly simple and unadorned.

The Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce (museum of works) is housed in the refectory that lies off the cloister. Said refectory, in the city of her birth, is home to a monument to Florence Nightingale.

 

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Coronavirus in Italy

IMPORTANT ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Please note that in order to use your tickets you MUST be able to provide one of the following:

  • - Covid19 Green Pass certification (in digital or paper format) able to attest - together with a valid identity document - that they have received at least one dose of one of the vaccines authorized by the EMA or AIFA (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna)
  • Exemptions: COVID-19 Green Certification is not required for children excluded by age from the vaccination campaign (under 12 years of age) and those exempt on the basis of appropriate medical certification.
  • - Visitors from Israel, Canada, Japan and the United States - Vaccination certificates issued by the health authorities of these countries (complying with EU Recommendation no. 2021/912 of 20 May 2021) will also be accepted, but must include the identifying data of the person and data regarding the type of vaccine and date(s) of administration. Please note that certificates will be accepted if they are in Italian, English, French or Spanish. If the certificate is not issued in bilingual form and not in one of the four languages indicated in the Order of the Minister of Health of 18 June 2021, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

This documentation must be presented at the entrance when the body temperature is checked.

Security queues to check the Green Pass requirements may be a bit long so do allow plenty of time to ensure you do not miss your entrance slot. Have your Green Pass and ID ready for viewing. Whilst they may seem long, queues do move fast so please be patient. Thank you for your cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a Green Pass and a valid identity document, you will not be able to access and your ticket will not be refunded. For further information www.dgc.gov.it

Due to Coronavirus many venues and events are applying strict entry conditions. These will vary by venue but common examples are:

  • You must wear a compliant CE mask (Ordinanza RT n.48) which covers both mouth and nose.
  • Disposable single-use gloves must be worn at all times.
  • Hands (or gloves) must be cleaned with a disinfectant gel on entry.
  • Your temperature (which will be measured on entry) must not be above 37.5°C.
  • Visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.8m at all times.
  • There may be a maximum visitor limit in place - in some cases this may lead to delays

Any conditions may be changed without notice as Italian regulations are updated.

If you are denied entrance because of failure to meet entry conditions, no refunds will be available.