THE MEDICI DISTRICT
We start at the Medici Palace, built in the mid 15th century and first residence of the powerful and proud family. We’ll visit the beautiful courtyard decorated with busts and statues, the garden, the chapel with the amazing fresco paintings of the “Cavalcade of the Magi” by Benozzo Gozzoli and the Hall of Mirrors.
The visit continues at the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the oldest church in Florence, which became, in the 15th century, the family church of the Medici. Embellished, amongst others, by the works of Donatello, Andrea del Verrocchio, Filippo Lippi, and Bronzino, the church also stands as a manifesto to the architecture of the Renaissance and the genius of Filippo Brunelleschi.
Our visit will finish at the Medici Chapels, the mausoleum of the Medici, sumptuously decorated with inlays made with semi-precious stones and colored marbles. Inside we’ll see the New Sacristy, entirely conceived by an almost sixty-year-old Michelangelo; it is the last work he did in Florence.
- Highlights: Palazzo Medici, San Lorenzo Basilica, Medici Chapel
- Tour operates: every day except Wednesday, 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, 1st 3rd and 5th Monday of each month, closing for holy services
- Tour duration: 3 hours
- Admissions: entrance fees. Contact us for more information