Basilica of Santa Croce

Temple of Italian glories

The church has always been entrusted by Franciscan Monks. Originally they build here their monastery but it was too small to host all their followers who were arriving at the square to listen to their preaches; so at the end of the XII century they decided to ask the architect Arnolfo di Cambio to build the church as we can still see it today.

Santa Croce is the pantheon of illustrious Italians and famous artists, poets and intellectuals: here inside are conserved the tombs of Michelagenlo, Galileo, Ugo Foscolo and many other memebers of Italian important family, who provided their financial help for the construction of the church.
Furthermore we can’t forget the huge heritage of frescos made by Gaddi and Giotto on the walls of the church, covered during the Catholic-Reformation and saved after a difficult and long work of restoration.

Every year the square around the church becomes the scene for the “ Calcio Storico Fiorentino”, a reproduction of an ancient game, played with medieval costumes and with almost no rules at all.


  • The Basilica of Santa Croce is open from Monday to Saturday from 09.30 am to 05.00 pm. On Sundays and holidays is open from 02.00 pm to 05.00 pm.

  • Full price for the entrance ticket is € 8,00, reduced is € 6,00 for kids from 11 years old to 17 years old, for big groups of at least 15 people and for schools