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Florence: Reserved Entrance Ticket to the Medici Chapel

1. Florence: Reserved Entrance Ticket to the Medici Chapel

Travel back to the days of the Medici family on a self-guided tour of the Medici Chapel in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence. Enter the chapels, built as a mausoleum for the Medici family, and discover treasures such as the 16th-century New Sacristy ("Sagrestia Nuova"). Part of the vast San Lorenzo Basilica complex, the chapels were richly decorated to serve as the last resting place for members of one of the most important and powerful families of the Florentine Renaissance from the mid-15th century onwards. Admire the genius of Michelangelo’s craftsmanship at the New Sacristy. Designed for the tombs of Lorenzo and Giuliano de' Medici, its mix of architecture and sculpture is considered one of the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.

Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

2. Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Explore Florence's Cathedral with an entry pass to this iconic landmark. Visit the top of the Dome, and the Baptistry, Crypt, Bell Tower, and the Opera del Duomo Museum. Collect your entry ticket at the agency near the Ponte Vecchio or ask to receive a digitalized entry ticket and the audioguide on your phone. Enjoy your self-guided tour of the Cupola and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Once you've arrived at the top feel as if you are taking a skywalk above the city. Marvel at the stunning views of the Tuscan countryside and Florence city center including Fiesole, the Chianti area, the central market, Santa Croce Church, the Synagogue, San Lorenzo Church, Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, and more. You can also discover the fascinating interiors of the Cathedral, including the Baptistry and Crypt. Learn more about these treasured historic features of the Cathedral with your audio guide.

Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike w/ Michelangelo Square

3. Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike w/ Michelangelo Square

Cycle through the city of Florence to discover the hidden treasures of the birthplace of the Renaissance. Listen to captivating stories while touring through many of the significant squares that make Florence so rich in history and art. Discover the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the workplace of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Then visit the Republic Square, one of the main squares in Florence that has formed the city center since Roman times. Also, visit Michelangelo Square, to take in the best panoramic views of the city. Discover the captivating history of the city that gave birth to incredible artists and amazing scientists.

Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales Guided Walking Tour

4. Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales Guided Walking Tour

Uncover the secrets of Florence on this guided walking tour. See the city's top sites and decode its hidden symbols with the help of your guide. Dive into the story behind attractions like the iconic Dome of the Catedral de Santa María del Fiore.  Meet your guide in the elegant Piazza di San Lorenzo where you can see the distinct mixture of Renaissance and Romanesque architecture of the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Listen as your guide shares little-known, fun facts about the city and how it gave birth to the Renaissance. Be transported back in time as you hear about the intrigues of one of the most powerful dynasties of all times, the Medici family. Explore the traces of their astounding impact on the city. Learn how to eat, shop, and drink like a local with tips and tricks from your guide. Find out how to avoid leather scams and where to buy some delicious gelato. End your tour outside the famed Uffizi Gallery. 

Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

5. Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

Explore Florence through the eyes of the Medici family on this immersive guided tour. Visit the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the San Lorenzo Church, and the Palazzo Pitti. Finish your tour off with some delicious gelato. Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream.

The Medicis: Walking Tour

6. The Medicis: Walking Tour

Discover the amazing story of the ruling family of Florence, from the very beginning to the extinction of the Dynasty. Your licensed guide will lead you through a fascinating itinerary and will show you all the places which played an important role in their life, including their churches, their palaces, secret passageways and many more. The tour will start at San Marco Square and your guide will show you how the Medici grew their importance, from a simple family coming from the Mugello area (North of Florence) to become one of the most important in the Renaissance Period. You will pass through some of the most important places remembering their influence not only in Florence but also in Europe.

Florence: 3-Hour Segway Tour

7. Florence: 3-Hour Segway Tour

Driving your own Segway Personal Transporter (PT) through the streets of Florence is the perfect way to appreciate the distinguished and cultural atmosphere of a town that expresses the origins of the Italian Renaissance. After you are familiarized with your Segway PT, we will make our way to Florence’s historic center. Experience all the major sites as you glide down the ancient streets while listening to your tour guide on your headphones. Along the way you will get a chance to see and learn about the Strozzi palace, one of the most celebrated examples of Florentine Renaissance’s palaces. After this we will take a ride to Via de’ Tornabuoni, which marks the ancient Roman walls’ western path, and take a look at the shops that represent the most famous brands of Italian fashion. Then we move on to see Florence's fascinating Dome with its characteristic bell tower before finally making our way back to the Baptistery, with the world-famous Paradise Gate on its Eastern side.

Florence: 1.5-Hour Medici Chapel Private Tour

8. Florence: 1.5-Hour Medici Chapel Private Tour

The Medicis were a ruthless bunch, but their homes and palaces boast some of arts finest possessions. Today, with your private guide, we will experience one of the most famous sculptural cycles by Michelangelo: Il Crepuscolo, L’Aurora, Il Giorno e la Notte (Twilight, Dawn, Day, Night) inside the Sacrestia Nuova. These monuments to art and religion are incredible examples of Michelangelo's finest work, and are housed inside of the great Medici complex, which now serves as a museum. You will notice walls inlayed with precious polychrome marble and precious gems, which showed off the family's vast wealth and power in the Cappella dei Principi (Princess Chapel). We also have a chance to discover the Cripta del Buontalenti underneath the chapel, where the Medici and their family members are housed in this ancient crypt. Make sure to ask your guide about the "real" causes of their death which has long been a point of contention amongst historians and scientists. Regardless of the drama around this complex, the day will be a wonderful and enlightening experience, and we hope that you've enjoyed spending time amidst such greatness! Ciao!

Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

9. Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

Known for influencing and promoting the arts, the Medici were one of the most powerful families in Florence. On this guided walking tour, you’ll learn about the family’s historical power as you admire the cultural and architectural stamp they left on Florence. Your first stop is the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Commissioned by Cosimo the Elder in 1444, the impressive building was built to be the familial home. Continue to Basilica di San Lorenzo, the oldest documented religious building in Florence. Your tour continues to other landmarks commissioned or influenced by the Medici family, such as the Cappelle Medicee, Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini, and Piazza Della Santissima Annunziata. Admire the Piazza della Signoria and learn about the building’s diverse history. Finish your tour at Palazzo Pitti. Purchased in 1550 to be the new Grand Ducal residence, the building symbolizes the Medici’s power over Tuscany.

Florence: Evening Walking Tour with Tasty Aperitivo & Drink

10. Florence: Evening Walking Tour with Tasty Aperitivo & Drink

Meet your guide for an orientation walk around the city of Florence. Explore and discover the art and architecture created by Renaissance masters, and hear stories about the Medici family. Pass the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Repubblica square, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Your walking tour will conclude on one of the busiest streets of Florence, known for its nightlife. Head to a bar with one of the best-rated aperitivos in town. Try the Italian life style, sit down, socialize with the rest of the group, enjoy your drink and then eat and eat as much as you can from the buffet of tasty Italian food. To many Italians, this gathering is the cherry on top of the day, as friends and family gather in bars eating, drinking and sharing stories and laughs into the night.

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What people are saying about Basilica of San Lorenzo

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,215 reviews

Our guide Chiara was fantastic - her knowledge about the history and kindness made my choice of walking tour with this company absolutely the best of the week! Tipping is not usually my thing but I wanted to bye her a gelato at the end. Thanks! * The individual earphone is a much nicer idea than a loud speaker for a big group (as we find many in downtown)

Absolutely wonderful. Best Tour Ever. Eva is absolutely dedicated and extremely knowledgeable. She was caring, thoughtful and aware of the right pace and the family needs. I strongly recommend a this tour. Eva is the definition of a perfect guide.

Oscar, our guide, gave us many details on each of the points we visited during the tour and answered each question very well. At the end he also gave us some very useful gastronomic recommendations. Highly recommended.

Highly recommend this tour, one of our favourite things we did in Florence! Sylvia our tour guide was incredible, very fun and knowledgeable.

The tour was very good and a great way to get to know the city