Private Guided Visit Florence's Santa Croce Basilica and Ancient Leather School

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Duration: 1 hours

Departs: Florence, Florence

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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The detailed guided visit of a stunning Gothic Basilica and its wonderful Cloisters, followed by the discovery of an historical Leather Workshop where to admire skilled craftsmen keep alive centennial working techniques.

What's Included

Earphones for groups of more than 7 participants

Local professional Guide at your side

What's Not Included

Basilicas Admission Ticket (to be paid on the spot) 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 ad

Everything not mentioned as Included


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 6
  • ADULT: Age: 7 - 99

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Basilica of Santa Croce
Santa Croce Basilica is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a façade 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.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Scuola del Cuoio
After visiting the Basilica and cloisters, there will be a chance to visit a workshop that goes back to the 13th century, when the Franciscan monks first settled in this area on the banks of the river Arno. The earliest hide and leather working activity was established here, where the large quantities of water required for leather processing are freely available. The Franciscan monks of the Santa Croce monastery dedicated their efforts to this activity, and their leather-working techniques have been preserved over the centuries by the master craftsmen who still work in the delightful old workshops at the School of Leather (except on Saturday and Sunday), which you will be visiting; an extraordinary Renaissance workshop adjacent to the Basilica, where history, tradition and exceptional quality are combined to produce authentic Florentine craftwork. A real "top must see” amazing place.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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