Medici Chapels Tours

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The Medici Chapels, tucked into the 15th-century Basilica di San Lorenzo in Florence’s historic center, are home to two of Michelangelo’s famous sculptural masterpieces. Built as mausoleums for members of the Medici family, the Medici Chapels include New Sacristy and the larger Chapel of the Princes.

The Basics
The powerful Medici family commissioned Brunelleschi to design the Florentine basilica of San Lorenzo in the 1400s. Today the Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee) are what most visitors come to see. The New Sacristy houses tombs carved by Michelangelo to depict the reclining figures of Night and Day and Dawn and Dusk. The ornate domed Chapel of the Princes contrasts with colorful marble and semiprecious stone and is filled with carved niches, statues, and armorial plaques. 

The Medici Chapels are among the most popular attractions in the city, and booking a Medici Chapels tour that includes skip-the-line entrance tickets to the chapels and crypts is essential to avoid the entrance lines. Many Florence sightseeing walking tours and shore excursions also visit highlights such as Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia), and Piazzale Michelangelo.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tickets to the Medici Chapel Museum in the Basilica of San Lorenzo include entrance to the two chapels, Medici and Lorenese crypts, and Basilica Treasury.
  • There is wheelchair access to both the ground-floor crypts and the chapels above.
  • To enter the church, you must wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
  • Large bag and backpacks must be left at the free coat check at the entrance.

How to Get There
The Medici Chapels in the Basilica of San Lorenzo are located on Piazza San Lorenzo, just a few minutes’ walk north of Florence Cathedral (the Duomo) or east of the Santa Maria Novella train station.
 
When to Get There
Expect the Medici Chapels in the San Lorenzo Basilica complex to be crowded during summer; visit in spring or fall for fewer tourists. If visiting on a Monday or Sunday, note that the chapels are closed on the second and fourth Sunday and the first, third, and fifth Monday of every month.
 
The Sumptuous Life of the Medicis
Experience the wealth and power of the Medici family during the Renaissance by visiting the nearby 15th-century Medici Riccardi Palace. Once home to Cosimo de' Medici, today it’s a museum with richly furnished apartments and libraries including the Galleria, with baroque paintings under the frescoed ceiling by Luca Giordano, and the Chapel of the Magi.


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Address: Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini 6, Florence 50123, Italy
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Skip-the-Line Medici Chapels Ticket

Get fast track access to the Medici Chapels in Florence with this skip-the-line entrance ticket. Breeze past the long lines and enjoy direct entry to this chapel, commissioned by the Medici family and constructed in the 16th century. Marvel at the allegorical sculptures by Michelangelo that decorate the two Medici tombs and the opulent decoration of the chapel's interior. This self-guided tour is flexible; you can explore at your own pace.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Medici's Mile plus Pitti Palace and Museums, or Boboli Gardens

Trace the footsteps of Florence’s powerful Medici family and learn how these medieval art patrons helped spark the Renaissance. Visit Medici chapels and palaces while hearing tales of court intrigue and scandals. Follow the historic Vasari Corridor that dukes and duchesses used to cross the city in secret, and finish across the River Arno with included admission to your choice of either the Palazzo Pitti — the last Medici residence — or the royal Boboli Gardens.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Medici Chapels and San Lorenzo Square Guided Visit

Enjoy a private 2-hour tour of the fascinating Medici Chapels, museum, and neighborhood around the wonderful San Lorenzo Square to learn more about the family that ruled the Florentine Republic for so long.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Florence Walking Tour

Explore the rich history and top attractions of Florence on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Led by a local guide, hear about the rule of the influential Medici family during the Renaissance as you stroll through the neighborhood of San Lorenzo. Travel past the Medici Chapels, admire the iconic exterior of the Duomo, follow from the outside the entire path of the famous Vasari Corridor and see the historic Ponte Vecchio bridge, now host to a hub of jewelry shops. Your tour will conclude in central Florence, near the Pitti Palace, so that you can continue exploring on your own, if you choose.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private De Medici Tour

Many of Florence’s artistic treasures would not exist without the hand of the powerful Medici family that once ruled the city. Discover the mighty clan’s legacy on a historic and cultural tour that takes you through stately palaces, jewel collections, and serene chapels featuring tombs by Michelangelo. Spend the morning exploring the most important Medici sites right in Florence, or opt for a full-day tour to travel to regal villas outside the city.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery with Firenzecard - LAST MINUTE

Widely considered among the world’s finest art spaces, the Uffizi Gallery is one of Florence’s top attractions—with often long queues. With this tour, dodge the wait with skip-the-line entry and hear the secrets of Renaissance masterpieces by Botticelli, Da Vinci, and Giotto from your private guide. With your Firenzecard included, enjoy admission to 72 museums across Florence—including the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Gallery of Modern Art.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$345,39
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Accademia Gallery and Medici Chapels

A morning tour of the Accademia (Galleria dell'Accademia) and of the Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee) where we will see the most important works of Michelangelo in Florence.Tours last three hours and take place from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm or from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.Ticket prices are not included and should ideally be booked in advance, either by the travellers or by me. If you book with me, please allow ample bookung time in busy periods.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Who will guard Michelangelo s legacy

PASSIONSHistory and performance of famous artists, Michelangelo in particular. Art and history of the Florentine Renaissance, Insight in Michelangelo’s life to find out the emotions that gave origin to the works.WE WARMLY WELCOMEAdults, families, students, art and history lovers, people who are motivated to deepen and tune in to the soul of the great artist.minimum booking available: from 2 people
  • Duration: 8 hours
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3-Day Tour Florence and Pisa

If your time is short and you don't want to miss the best of Florence and Pisa, this independent tour is the right option for you. You will discover the City of Pisa as well as the city of Florence with 2 beautiful tours. Some time free will be also available.
  • Duration: 3 days
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  • Duration: 3 days
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