Piazza Santa Croce

Landmark / Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Square
Piazza Santa Croce A massive stone piazza that stretches from the steps of the Basilica Santa Croce to the street, Piazza Santa Croce is a refreshing open area featuring beautiful frescoes, an impressive statue of Dante Alighieri, and plenty of... Florence Italy 43.7689006 11.2613472
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Piazza Santa Croce - Landmark | Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Square in Florence.
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Party Earth Review A massive stone piazza that stretches from the steps of the Basilica Santa Croce to the street, Piazza Santa Croce is a refreshing open area featuring beautiful frescoes, an impressive statue of Dante Alighieri, and plenty... ... read full review

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    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Piazza Santa Croce Review

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A massive stone piazza that stretches from the steps of the Basilica Santa Croce to the street, Piazza Santa Croce is a refreshing open area featuring beautiful frescoes, an impressive statue of Dante Alighieri, and plenty of...

A massive stone piazza that stretches from the steps of the Basilica Santa Croce to the street, Piazza Santa Croce is a refreshing open area featuring beautiful frescoes, an impressive statue of Dante Alighieri, and plenty of renaissance Florentine architecture, all of which can be admired from the scattered stone benches and the vast basilica steps.

During the day and into the night, the piazza is packed with locals, international students, and tourists who come to kick a football around, gaze upon the sights, or relax under an umbrella at one of the cafés.

A popular nighttime hangout for a young crowd of barhopping Italians, Piazza Santa Croce is virtually taken over every evening by groups who gather to sip wine and chat or who stop by for a bit of conversation between pubs.

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Tip from Emma:

More dynamic than the piazzas at the Duomo or Santa Maria Novella, and with more traditional Florentine culture than Santo Spirito, this square is lively just about any time of night during the summer. For those who need a respite from one of the bars in the area or who just want a place to hang as the sun sets, this is the spot. The crowd never seems to leave, so it’s a good place to go late at night, too.

  • Crowd

    Residents, local and international students, and travelers, teens to early 20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Street musicians. Pick-up football and hack games.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Several small restaurants nearby, including Mavi/Cose Turche (kebab) and Moyo (salads and pasta).

  • Prices

    Varies by venue.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Summer evenings and late nights for the postbar scene.

  • Close By

    Facing Santa Croce, take the street to the right of the steps, and you'll find the Australian bar Girongiro. It’s usually packed, and the air-conditioned back room features sports on a big-screen TV.

Piazza Santa Croce User Reviews

Average rating:
You've seen one, you've seen them all
Robert L. Feb 7, 2013
I'll be honest, I visited after a rough day in Florence. By the time, my buddy and I got to the Piazza it was 4 o'clock of a very long afternoon of walking miles in the hot Tuscan sun punctuated with stops at delicious restaurants, beautiful museums, stocked leather markets and the constant begging of gypsies. Needless to say, I was ready to hop a cab and pass out until dinner. I was dragged along though and ended up in the Piazza. Its quant, not exactly what you would think of when you hear "The Temple of Italian Glories." If I had seen it without reading a tour book, I wouldn't have thought that Galileo, Machiavelli and Michelangelo are buried here. The cloister are pretty but you're not gonna stretch out on a basilica's lawn. Go if you're a history buff and want to pay your respects, but I wouldn't cry myself to sleep if I missed it amongst the rest of Florence.
okay piazza
Sam R. Dec 13, 2012
I was dragged to a Dante reading here and it was painful to listen coz I didn’t understand it. We had some food afterwards though so it wasn’t a bad night. The Italians do this thing where you go for one drink and get a lot of snacks and its a great way to save money. The church is pretty inside but there is an entry fee. I don’t like that Florence charges entry fees for a lot of their churches. Churches should be free. Santa Croce is a nice church inside though and its a nice to see while you’r ehere.
Beautiful church, awesome piazza
Tara R. Dec 6, 2012
I lived right around the corner from this piazza and, accordingly, spent quite a bit of time here. There’s a nice selection of aperitivo places and bars around here, and on the same side of the church is a more Florentine student-y, less tourist-y vibe. The piazza has pretty cool events during the year—in 2011, all of Dante’s Divine Comedy was read by Italian high school students, and there are markets and expos throughout the year. Since it’s right next to the Arno, it's really nice to have an aperitivo and then go for a stroll along the river.
Really great area with the backdrop of an awesome church
Claire M. Dec 4, 2012
The perfect place to go out, and a great area for outdoor markets, all backdropped by the awesome Santa Croce. There is always something going on around Santa Croce. The Christmas markets have just been set up, the Florens 2012 display was just taken down, and before that there were Oktoberfest markets; there is a different themed market almost every week. The piazza is a great area because of how open it is and with all the surrounding bars and restaurants it stays crowded day and night. This is probably the best area in the city to go out with the wide variety of options, and further away from the Duomo bars that attract mainly tourists. You will still find tourists and abroad students at Santa Croce, but the whole environment is great and you don't feel stuck at one place because of the streets of fun bars and clubs, or the option to hang out on the stairs outside the church!
Nice during the day or at night
Jody P. Dec 3, 2012
The first time I was in Florence, I visited this piazza twice in one day. During the day, we went to visit the church - this is where Michaelangelo is buried. The church itself is beautiful and worth a peek inside. Afterwards, we wandered around the square looking at the shops and the street performers. There were musicians on every corner and all types of other performers. We actually came back to this square later on in the evening, after dinner, to do a little bit of bar hopping. It was early fall so the weather was really nice and we were able to sit outside which was amazing.
Fun for Outdoor Drinking
Gabe L. Aug 7, 2012
This Piazza was a great place to go out to for the night I spent in Florence. The weather was warm, the streets were crowded and the city itself is already enchanting. People are drinking on the street and very friendly. RIght after a few drinks on the steps there are great bars and clubs nearby.
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