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Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters

Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters
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The invaluable artistic treasures and beautiful Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture of the spectacular churches of Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo and Santa Croce and the charm of the ancient cloisters, evocative oases of peace and greenery in the heart of the city.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
What to expect
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • 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.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 2428P94
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Local professional Guide at your side
  • Earphones for groups of more than 7 participants
Exclusions
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Church of Santa Maria Novella
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Lorenzo
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica of Santa Croce
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, P.za di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy Starting Time: at 10:00 am Meeting with the guide at the entrance of Santa Maria Novella
  • Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour does not operate on major holidays
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Local professional Guide at your side
  • Earphones for groups of more than 7 participants
Exclusions
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Church of Santa Maria Novella
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Lorenzo
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica of Santa Croce
Departure details
  • Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, P.za di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy Starting Time: at 10:00 am Meeting with the guide at the entrance of Santa Maria Novella
  • Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour does not operate on major holidays
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 3 Aug 2021
A note from Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters
From August 6, 2021, participants over 12 years old, must present a EU Green Pass or their own country document to proof one of the following: full vaccination; first vaccination at least 15 days ago; Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months; Negative test made until 48 hours before the tour starts.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
    P.za di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
    Starting Time: at 10:00 am Meeting with the guide at the entrance of Santa Maria Novella
    See address & details
  • 1
    Church of Santa Maria Novella
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Basilica di San Lorenzo
    Stop: 50 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 3
    Piazza del Duomo
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Piazza della Signoria
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Basilica of Santa Croce
    Stop: 50 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence
    Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
    See address & details
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Brittany McDonald
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Interesting and informative
Oct 2019
This tour was awesome. Stefania was very knowledgeable and informative. We saw the highlights of all 3 basilicas. All within short walking distances. She answered all our other questions about Florence and the Medici as well. The only thing I would note is that the tour page does not say anything about dress code. When I looked on each basilica's website, the dress codes simply noted no shorts, or to cover shoulders. I wore a dress with sleeves, but my knees were not covered. I had to purchase a (1 Euro) mesh kimono thing and tie it around my waist for each basilica, which was really very embarrassing. At one basilica, the bouncer still didn't want to let me in because the kimono was still showing the backs of my knees! The tour company really should update the trip description with this information. Once I got over this embarrassment, I had a good time on the tour.
Written 21 December 2019
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GrayLineFlorenceMood
Dear brittmcdonald, first of all we want to thank you for having joined one of our private tours and having shared your experience with us and our common readers. We are really happy to know that you appreciated your Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters with our Professional guide Stefania. With reference to the dress code, it is written on the voucher that the customers receive after having booked an experience. We hope to have the chance to meet you again in the future to let you see other wonders of our amazing Country! Best regards
Written 14 January 2020
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Roxanne G
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Florence history and art - amazing tour!
Oct 2019
Our tour guide walked with us through three breathtaking basilicas and talked to us about the history in the neighborhoods between them. We started with the tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli (among many other renouned artists/ innovators). Our guide talked to us about their political significance and the symbolism of their tombs. She also talked about the surrounding art in the basilica.

On the second part of the trip, a funeral was being held in the church, so our guide utilized the time we had to wait by talking about the street monuments and the architecture. She seemed to know the answer to any question I could pose about random statues we passed between the our sites. In the last part of the tour, she gave us a crash course on the Medici family that was so interesting I later bought a book about the family's influence on the city.

Our guide was so understanding of how sore our feet were from two weeks of touring Italy and gave us breaks when we needed. She also gave some good advice on buying leather in Florence. I forgot to write down our guide's name, but our tour was on Mon, Oct 7th, at 9:30am.
Written 10 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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No audio guide provided despite paying for it
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Great Day in Tuscany
Booked this for my wife and I. Turned out we were the only two for the tour so we were picked up in a Mercedes seda
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Great Day!
We had a great guide - Kako. It was a wonderful day. The lunch was great!!! Given that we are old and easily conf
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Best Tour ever!!
Dear Alda! Thank you so, so much for the best tour I've ever had! Your incredible knowledge combined with your pass
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Fascinating, impressive and fun!
Alessandra was an excellent guide, giving lots of interesting details and answering all my questions. I was so happ
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Amazing way to see Florence!!
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Trip to Florence
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Unforgettable experience in Florence
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Great tour and wines
Only 7 people and the tour was by Van. The driver guided us during the drive but no guide joined us at our stop in
609Lika
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Unique locations and had a great time.
The guide is very knowledgeable of the area. Was very helpful in all aspects of making the tour a success.
deborah_nichele
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Worth it
Great Tour! We went to Florence in August and the line in front of the Duomo was way too long. Thanks to this tour
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chaotic
finally there was not much people and also of course absolutely no waiting. so it was not needed! the guide was ver
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