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  • Address: Piazza di San Lorenzo, 9
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 10am - 5pm, (Mar-Oct) Sun 1:30pm - 5pm
  • Admission: €3.50 for adults

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Basilica of San Lorenzo

A visit to the enormous Basilica of San Lorenzo leads to things you may not expect from a church. What ties the church to its unexpected turns, however, is something very Florentine - Michelangelo.

In the 15th century Basilica of San Lorenzo are the tombs of the Medici, located in the New Sacristy (also designed by Michelangelo), which are adorned by Michelangelo sculptures. The two main tombs in the chapel are those of Lorenzo and Giuliano Medici. Lorenzo’s tomb has figures representing Dusk and Dawn, while Giuliano’s features figures representing Day and Night.

The unexpected sight is the Laurentian Library, designed by Michelangelo. The incredible curved stone staircase leads into a great reading room where even the desks were designed by Michelangelo. Other works of art inside the Basilica of San Lorenzo include some bronze works by Donatello and an altarpiece by Fra Filippo Lippi. You can get a combined ticket to visit both the church and the library.

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Best Florence Monday Museum Tour: Medici Chapels or San Marco Museum

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Want to immerse yourself in Renaissance art on a Monday when many of Florence’s big-name museums are closed? Then take a walking tour of the Medici Chapels or ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $31.40

Private Tour: Perugia and Assisi Day Trip from Florence

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Delve deep into the rolling Tuscan countryside and discover centuries of Italian history on this private day trip to Perugia and Assisi from Florence. Admire ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Florence Walking Tour

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Get to know Florence’s history and sights on a 2.5-hour morning walking tour of the city! With an expert local guide, discover the neighborhood of San Lorenzo ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.07

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