Santa Croce is known for being walkable and family-friendly with many neighborhood options for restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. You can experience some local art, or enjoy the natural beauty of the riverfront. Santa Croce has hotels to suit everyone's tastes, and makes a great home base for exploring the sights in and around Florence.
Sightseeing around Santa Croce
The area's storied past is told through its monuments and historic sites, while the museums provide some cultural flavor. Stroll the halls at Casa Buonarroti, Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, or Casa Siviero Museum. For cultural attractions, head to Jewish Museum, Teatro Verdi, and Museo Horne. Monuments like Church of Sant'Ambrogio, Basilica of Santa Croce, and Piazza Santa Croce honor the area. Swing by Palazzo Gondi, Badia Fiorentina, and Dante’s House Museum to learn about local history. Giardino degli Iris, Rose Garden, and Orto Botanico di Firenze are family favorites.
Many visitors like to do some shopping while in town, but there are a number of other activities. Local parks like Torrigiani Garden, Boboli Gardens, and Cascine Park are peaceful spots. With a shopping trip to Central Market, Pitti Vintage, or Conte of Florence Factory Outlet, you might find that perfect souvenir. If you have some more time, pay a visit to Coverciano, Costoli Pool, or Nelson Mandela Forum.
A few of the area's most popular attractions are Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazzale Michelangelo. National Central Library of Florence, Tower of San Niccolo, and Palazzo dell'Antella are also favorite places to visit.
Getting around Santa Croce
Florence (FLR-Peretola) is the closest major airport, 4.1 miles (6.5 km) from Santa Croce.