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Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and their Cloisters

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

The invaluable artistic treasures and beautiful Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture of the spectacular churches of Santa Croce, San Lorenzo and Santa Maria Novella

Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas Highlights

  • Santa Croce
  • Duomo
  • Piazza Signoria
  • Santa Maria Novella

Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas Inclusions

  • Private professional local guide at disposal for 3 hours
  • Earphones for groups of more than 8 participants

Tour Exclusions

  • Basilicas Admission Ticket (to be paid on the spot)
▪ Santa Croce Basilica Full price ticket: € 8,00 Reduced price ticket: € 6,00 for children 11 to 17 years Free admission for: children younger than 11 years old Family ticket: full price ticket: € 8,00 for adults and free admission for children younger than age 18 ▪ Santa Maria Novella Basilica Full price ticket: € 7,50 Reduced price ticket: € 5,00 for children 11 to 17 years Free admission for: children younger than 11 years old ▪ San Lorenzo Basilica Full price ticket: € 6,00 Free admission for: children younger than 11 years old

Please Note

  • It is recommended that participants wear comfortable shoes
  • This tour does not operate on Sunday Morning
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: there will be no penalty for cancellations of tour or service communicated in writing to Caf Tour & Travel up to 48 hours before departure time of the tour or service. Less than 48 hours before departure time of tour or service 100% of the total price will be due and no reimbursement will be granted. No reimbursement will be granted to any client who is not at the place of departure at the time established; similarly, no reimbursement will be granted to clients who lose contact with the guide or who do not complete the tour.

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Tour Itinerary

A guided tour in discovery of the city, following a path that leads us through the entire historic centre, inviting us into the intimate hospitality of buildings in which Florence's history, art and religious beliefs come together in indescribable harmony.
Our 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.
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.
We will then pass into the Piazza del Duomo, the city's religious centre, where we will be able admire the Cathedral with its famous Dome, the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile (bell tower).
In the heart of the lively Medici quarter, bordering the Piazza del Duomo, we will find ourselves 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, we 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.
Finally, we 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, we 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. Our tour ends inside the elegant "Green Cloister" so named for its beautiful murals in green earth by Paolo Uccello.

Pickup Info

Meeting Point with the private guide:
Tour AM: 09:20am, at the entrance of Santa Croce Cathedral.
Tour PM: 02:20pm, at the entrance of Santa Croce Cathedral.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
No penalty for cancellations up to 48 hours in advance of the schedule departure time. Less than 48 hours and in case of no show, 100% of penalty

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