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Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters

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Firenze, Italy

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Get an in-depth look at three beautiful churches as well as their ancient cloisters on this private tour in Florence. Visit the churches of San Lorenzo, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella before sitting down to a simple Tuscan lunch (if upgrade selected).
  • Private tour of three churches and cloisters in Florence
  • See tombs of famous Florentines in the Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Visit the Brunelleschi-designed cloister next to the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
  • Enjoy lunch at a typical Tuscan trattoria (if option selected)
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Local professional Guide at your side
Earphones for groups of more than 7 participants
Santa Croce Basilica (to be paid on the spot): Adult: € 8,00; Ages 11-16: € 6,00; 10 and under are free
Santa Maria Novella Basilica: Adult: € 7,50; Ages 11-16: € 5,00; 10 and under are free
San Lorenzo Basilica: Full price ticket: € 6,00. Free admission for: children younger than 11 years old
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Everything not mentioned as Included

Departure Point

Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Return Details

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Meet your guide outside the Basilica of Santa Croce, the first stop on the tour.

Learn about the church's Gothic architectural details, including the multi-colored marble facade, and admire artwork by Giotto, Donatello, Agnolo Gaddi, and more. Tombs and monuments to many of Florence's most beloved sons line the walls of the church. Look for names such as Galileo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli.

Walk past the stone columns in the adjoining Brunelleschi Cloister before reaching the 14th-century so-called "Ancient Cloister." On the other side of this second cloister is the Pazzi Chapel, also designed by Brunelleschi.

Walk from the Basilica to the Piazza della Signoria in the heart of historic Florence. The square is surrounded by important buildings and monuments, including the palace in which the powerful Medici family once lived. Continue on to the Piazza del Duomo, the city's religious center, to see the cathedral, baptistery, and the bell tower designed by Giotto.

Next, visit the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the oldest church in the city and once the church of the Medici family. Inside, admire stunning works of art by Michelangelo, as well as artwork by Filippo Lippi, Donatello, Rosso Fiorentino, Bronzino, and Pontormo.

Enter the church's Cloister of the Canons, also designed by Brunelleschi, with an orange tree at its center that was an important symbol to the Medici family.

Continue next to the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, not far from the train station. Admire the green and white marble Renaissance facade designed by Leon Battista Alberti. See works of art inside the church that include frescoes by Filippino Lippi and Ghirlandaio, the 'Trinity' by Masaccio, and the 'Crucifix' by Giotto.

The tour ends at the next stop, the Green Cloister next to the church. The cloister takes its name from the murals by 15th-century artist Paolo Uccello, which are predominantly in a greenish color. After visiting these three churches and cloisters, sit down to a 2-course lunch in a typical Tuscan trattoria in the city center (if lunch option selected).

Please note: Lunch is not included for children under the age of 7.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Basilica of Santa Croce
Your tour begins at the Basilica di Santa Croce, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a facade clad in polychrome marble. This is the ancient church in which the Franciscan friars chose to set up and begin treating pelts and leather and meditate in peace in a place that was, at that time, located outside the city walls. We will admire, from close up, the beautiful frescoes by Giotto and Agnolo Gaddi, the “Crucifix” and “Annunciation” by Donatello and the world-famous funerary monuments and tombs of illustrious figures from the past such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. Next, we will enter the elegant “Brunelleschi Cloister” bordered by columns carved from pure stone, and then pass into the fourteenth-century “Ancient Cloister” at the end of which lies the beautiful “Pazzi Chapel”, a sublime example of Renaissance harmony, also the work of Brunelleschi.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Piazza della Signoria
Leaving the Franciscan Basilica, we will make our way through the picturesque medieval streets, passing along Via Torta (Curved Street), whose unusual curvature traces the outline of the Ancient Roman amphitheatre, built here in the second century AD. Soon we will arrive at the famous Piazza della Signoria, a concentration of architectural and sculptural masterpieces which has no equal in the world. Here begins the fascinating story of the powerful Medici family whose history was tied to that of the city for more than three centuries.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piazza del Duomo
You will then pass into the Piazza del Duomo, the city's religious centre, where you will be able admire the Cathedral with its famous Dome, the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile (bell tower).
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Lorenzo
In the heart of the lively Medici quarter, bordering the Piazza del Duomo, you will find yourselves in front of the Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence's the oldest church, consecrated in 393 by Sant'Ambrogio, rebuilt in the year 1000 and enlarged in 1400 by Brunelleschi at the behest of the Medici family who chose it as their parish church. Inside the Basilica is the “Old Sacristy”by Brunelleschi with the tombs of the founders of the Medici family and works by Donatello, Bronzino, Filippo Lippi, Rosso Fiorentino and Pontormo, to name but a few. Leaving the church, you will enter in the impressive “Cloister of the Canons” at the centre of which stands an imposing 16th-century orange tree which was dear to the Medici family and became a kind of symbol of their dynasty.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Church of Santa Maria Novella
Finally, you will head towards the striking square where the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella stands with its splendid Renaissance façade by Leon Battista Alberti covered with white and green marble. Inside the Basilica, founded by the Dominican Fathers at the beginning of 1200, you will have the chance to see masterpieces such as the "Crucifix" by Giotto the "Trinity" by Masaccio and the spectacular frescoes by Filippino Lippi and Ghirlandaio and also hear the story of the "mendicant order" of friars who have always been present in this church. Your tour ends inside the elegant "Green Cloister" so named for its beautiful murals in green earth by Paolo Uccello.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour does not operate on major holidays
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY CAF Tour and Travel

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters.

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Really nice tour. Young gentleman...
Nicholas S
, Oct 2017
Really nice tour. Young gentleman tour guide born and raised and educated right in Florence. Three really magnificent churches. To be honest we liked all three of these churches better than the Duomo. Our guide, Gabrielle knew about and told us so much about all of the works of art, paintings, sculptures, crosses in these churches. Simply amazing!
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An absolutely amazing experience...
misraa
, Mar 2017
An absolutely amazing experience made possible by Alessandra, our guide. She gave us an in-depth explanation of the art, buildings, and the history behind all that we saw. Couldn't recommend this highly enough.
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