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Medici Chapels
Medici Chapels

Medici Chapels

Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini 6, Florence, 50123

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.

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Skip the Line: Medici Chapels Ticket
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Skip the Line: Medici Chapels Ticket
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$18.24 per adult
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Easy entry. Nice tour. ...
Easy entry. Nice tour. Fascinating to see all things Medici. Wonderful afternoon. Easy to find. Signs good for entry.
Anne_C, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

star-5
Excellent Guide and Tour
Walter_M, Jun 2022
Medici's Mile Walking Tour plus Pitti Palace or Boboli Gardens Ticket
Our guide, Andrea, was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the tour. He also explained what we needed to do to get into Pitti Palace. He recommended an outstanding local restaurant in a quiet neighborhood.
star-5
Beauty and history
Georgia, Apr 2022
Private Medici Chapels and San Lorenzo Square Guided Visit
An excellent, thoughtful tour. Our guide knew the history of the Medici family inside-out and shared insights about why and how the chapels were constructed.
star-5
Skip the line a must!
Crystal_R, Mar 2022
Skip the Line: Medici Chapels Ticket
You should purchase this tour just for the skip the line benefit! The art collection is eclectic and abundant and it is easy to see how much the Medicis loved art and its cebation of mankind's achievements!
star-5
Don’t miss this tour
Brian_B, Oct 2021
Medici Chapels Private Tour with a 5-Star Guide
Items was so knowledgeable about the chapel, it’s history, and the Medici family that our experience was extraordinary
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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