Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence

Church & Sacred SiteSt Francis' Spot
St Francis' Spot


  • Giotto’s remarkable frescoes
  • Tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo
  • Brunelleschi’s Pazzi Chapel
  • Official starting point of the Via di Francesco
Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Days / Time Open:

Operating Hours:
Monday – Saturday
9:30 – 17:30

Sunday & Religious Holidays
14:00 – 17:30

Weekday Mass & Eve of Holidays:

Holiday Mass:
11:00, 18:00



Donatello’s Crucifix Prayer:

Admission Fees:

€8 per person

Note: Online ticket purchases include a €1 booking fee per ticket (except for schools and family tickets). Free tickets must be collected at the ticket office.

Additionally, audio-guide rentals are offered at 4 €, with multiple language options available.


Discover the breathtaking beauty and historical significance of the Santa Croce complex, the largest Franciscan church in the world. This Neo-Gothic marvel houses astonishing Giotto frescoes, the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo, and Brunelleschi’s Pazzi Chapel. As the official starting point of the Via di Francesco pilgrimage, Santa Croce holds a special connection to St. Francis and beckons all pilgrims to explore its artistic and spiritual riches.

Pilgrims can get their stamp at the church and explore the rooms of the Basilica reserved only for them, making it an essential stop on the Tuscan stages of the Via di Francesco.

Pilgrims should visit Santa Croce not only for its connection to St. Francis but also to witness the remarkable convergence of art, faith, spirituality, and historical memory. The opportunity to admire Giotto’s frescoes, Brunelleschi’s Pazzi Chapel, and pay respects to Italy’s greats like Michelangelo and Galileo makes Santa Croce a must-visit attraction on the pilgrimage.

Culture & History

Santa Croce has a history spanning over eight centuries, closely interweaving art, faith, spirituality, and historical memory. The construction of this vast complex began in 1295, with various parts redesigned over the centuries, including the Basilica, the sacristy with the Medici chapel, the Pazzi chapel, the cloisters, the Opera Museum, the Crypt, and the Memorial chapel.

The Basilica, in particular, is known for its impressive frescoes by Giotto and his pupils, which marked a significant innovation in 14th-century painting. The tombs of notable Italian figures like Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Alfieri, Rossini, and Foscolo elevate Santa Croce as a cradle of memory beyond local interest. Furthermore, Donatello’s sculptures and Brunelleschi’s Pazzi Chapel are among the most important examples of Renaissance art.

Santa Croce has played a crucial role in Florence’s history, having a strong connection with St. Francis of Assisi, Italy’s patron saint since 1939. The Franciscans settled in Florence in 1209, and the construction of the Basilica began in 1294. Over time, the complex’s spaces have changed, and the Basilica has been renovated numerous times, especially to house funeral monuments.

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