The Medici, dawn and rise of a dynasty

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Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Florence, Florence

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The first thing that comes to mind when talking about the Medici family is their political influence, their power and their connections with the most famous artist from that period. But who where the lords of Florence?

This tour aims to focus on their story seen through the traces still present in their neighborhood and in the church under their patronage.

We will start with a presentation of the family and its arrival in Florence. We will see from the outside their Renaissance palace and then we will enter the Laurentian complex. Here we will visit the amazing cloister and the crypt, before moving to the church where we will see the famous old sacristy. We will then end with the Medici chapels which also houses the new sacristy, one of the immortal masterpieces by Michelangelo.

What's Included

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What's Not Included

Private transportation


Traveler Information

  • TRAVELER: Age: 0 - 120

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible

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 di San Lorenzo
The Basilica of San Lorenzo is located not far from the Duomo of Florence. It is one of the oldest churches in the city, and closely linked to the Medici family.

Initially built in the fourth century, the church was rebuilt in Romanesque style in the eleventh century. It was then enlarged during the fifteenth century according to the wishes of Neri di Bicci, progenitor of the Medici family, who wanted to transform the church into the family mausoleum. The expansion works were entrusted to Filippo Brunelleschi, who was also working on the construction of the dome of the Cathedral, and who worked on it until his death in 1446. The project was completed by Antonio Manetti in 1461, who continued the work begun by his master.

The interior of the Basilica of San Lorenzo is characterized by perfect proportions and balance among its different architectural components, highlighted by the use of pietra serena (a local gray sandstone) in contrast to the white plaster work. This particular use of pietra serena can also be seen in the Old Sacristy, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture by Brunelleschi. The room is decorated with the Stories of Saint John the Evangelist by Donatello, who also created the bronze doors with Saints, Martyrs, Apostles and Fathers of the Church.
Among the works of art preserved in the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence worthy of mention are the two bronze pulpits by Donatello, the Pulpit of the Resurrection and the Pulpit of the Passion; the Marriage of the Virgin by Rosso Fiorentino and the fresco of the Martyrdom of Saint Laurence by Bronzino. Do not miss the splendid Cloister, Chiostro dei Canonici, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.

A peculiarity of the Basilica of San Lorenzo is that it does not have a finished facade. The famous final version was designed by Michelangelo who conceived a majestic travertine marble facade following the commission by Pope Leo X in 1516. This project though, was never completed for various vicissitudes. It is possible to admire the drawings and a wooden reconstruction of this facade project in the museum of Casa Buonarroti.

Next to the basilica are the Medici Chapels, which consist of the New Sacristy and the Chapel of the Princes and which preserve Michelangelo's extraordinary masterpieces: Day, Night, Twilight and Dawn. WE WILL ALSO ENTER IN THE MEDICI CHAPELS DURING THIS TOUR.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Palazzo Medici Riccardi
We will see from the outside the first house of the powerful Medici family which set the standard for all the other Renaissance palaces in Florence

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

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