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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: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

2. 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: 1.5-Hour Medici Chapel Private Tour

3. 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: Accademia Fast-Track Entry and Guided Walking Tour

4. Florence: Accademia Fast-Track Entry and Guided Walking Tour

Florence Walking Tour and skip-the-line guided tour of Accademia. Enjoy the best of Florence on a comprehensive walking tour and see the statue of David with skip-the-line tickets. Join your small group tour at Uffizi Square. There will be a maximum of 12 people so it is always an intimate experience. Hit the streets in Florence with an expert local guide and see many of the most important and famous attractions in one go in and around the historical center of Florence. This tour is the perfect introduction to the city. Gaze at awe-inspiring Renaissance art and architecture. Learn about Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Donatello, Machiavelli, and many more Florentines who contributed to shaping Western thought and culture. With its palaces, churches, and piazzas, Florence provides a unique opportunity to step back in time to one of the most fascinating periods in western history: the Renaissance. It is at this time that art, architecture, science, and humanism flourished. Explore Piazza Della Signoria, the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century with the prominent Palazzo Vecchio. This very square witnessed some of the key episodes of Florentine history, such as the return of the Medici in 1530, or The Bonfire of the Vanities instigated by Savonarola, who was then himself burned at the stake here in 1498. We will have the opportunity to discuss the delicate relationship between art and power and the contribution of the Medici family in turning Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance. Take time to look up at the awe-inspiring sculptures under the Loggia Dei Lanzi and admire the surrounding architecture, whilst familiarizing ourselves with the artistic and architectural achievements of the Florentines in the Renaissance. Strolling by Orsanmichele, explore how medieval crafts turned into Renaissance artistic leadership. After seeing Ponte Vecchio, with its glittering jewelry shops, venture back to the city headed for the guided tour of the Accademia Gallery with skip-the-line tickets. Enter the Accademia and continue your guided tour with no delay thanks to pre-reserved tickets and learn the story of David and its creator Michelangelo. How does the copy replaced in Piazza Della Signoria in 1910, still guard over the city of Florence? Challenge your guide about the 16th-century art school in this Academy of Fine Arts. Hear about the purpose of the museum which now houses one of the greatest art collections in the world. Understand something of the influence and legacy of the ruling Medici family, and learn how this collection was bequeathed to the people of Florence by Anna Maria Lodovica, the last of the Medici. Leave your guide and end your tour at the end of 2 hours in the Accademia.

Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

5. 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: Guided City Tour with Accademia Gallery

6. Florence: Guided City Tour with Accademia Gallery

Start your tour from the heart of Florence aboard a comfortable luxury minivan. Your English-speaking driver will lead you along the romantic Viale dei Colli up to Piazzale Michelangelo to admire the wonderful panorama of the city. Continue your experience with a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery. Be fascinated by the authentic Michelangelo's David and many other works of art by famous Renaissance artists. Next, take a guided walking tour of the historic center. Learn about the powerful Medici family who ruled the city during the Renaissance era, discover the places where they lived in the San Lorenzo neighborhood, and admire the beauty of the Duomo Monumental Complex with the Cathedral, the Brunelleschi Dome, and the Giotto Bell Tower. Explore the medieval quarter of the city, seeing Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio and the Oltrarno Neighborhood with Palazzo Pitti.

Florence: Splendors of Florence Private Walking Tour

7. Florence: Splendors of Florence Private Walking Tour

Start this tour at the Piazza Della Repubblica, which was once the forum, the center of the ancient Roman city of Florentia. Head to Orsanmichele, a lovely medieval building with a peculiar history. Learn how it was transformed and later adorned with sculptures by Donatello, Brunelleschi, and others. Follow your guide through the spectacular Piazza Della Signoria and admire beautiful Renaissance sculpture and the landmark Palazzo Vecchio, the medieval palace, and the town hall. Pass through the Uffizi Courtyard. Here you’ll have a chance to see views over the Arno River and the famous Ponte Vecchio. Discover how the oldest bridge of Florence survived floods and wars throughout history. Pass the Bargello, a medieval fortress and tower, which is now home to sculptures by Michelangelo and others. Continue to the Cathedral Square to admire the dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi and hear all about its construction. Stop at a typical Florentine Gelateria for a taste of delicious ice cream, made the old-fashioned way. Continue your tour to Palazzo Medici, the prototype of the Renaissance palace. Once home to the bankers who made a fortune and practically founded the flourishing of the arts in fifteenth-century Florence. The tour ends in Piazza San Lorenzo. Here is the first Renaissance church designed by Brunelleschi with the patronage of the Medici. Find out why its façade was never finished and how Michelangelo was considered an outlaw and fled from Florence. The tour can be customized, so it is ideal for those visiting Florence for the first time as well as for seasoned visitors.

Florence: City Tour by Van with Accademia and Duomo

8. Florence: City Tour by Van with Accademia and Duomo

Start your Tour from the very heart of Florence, aboard of a comfortable luxury minivan. Your English-speaking driver will lead you along the romantic Viale dei Colli up to Piazzale Michelangelo to admire the wonderful panorama of the city, one of the most beautiful in the world. This view will leave you breathless and will allow you to embrace the entire city from its most famous hilltop. The tour will proceed through the old city center with the Guided Visit of the renowned Accademia Gallery, with a total immersion in the art of Michelangelo to know his most renowned work, the “David”, and other important masterpieces such as ''I Prigioni'', ''San Matteo'' and the “Palestrina Pietà”. Then you will proceed with a walking Tour which will include the outdoor guided visit of San Lorenzo Church and the Duomo complex: San Giovanni Baptistery, the Cathedral with the magnificent Cupola del Brunelleschi and Giotto’s bell tower. The walk continues along Via Calzaiuoli in the heart of the city, where you can admire the imposing Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of Florentine gothic art. Then you reach the bustling Mercato della Paglia (Straw Market): don’t forget to rub the nose of the famous "porcellino" (pig) and toss a coin into the fountain to bring you good luck! Going on you will find yourself in Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and political center of the city. In this “open-air museum”, you will be fascinated by the beautiful Fountain of Neptune with the imposing marble statue of Ammannati and by the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi. Dominating the square is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio with Arnolfo's crenellated tower, one of the most famous symbols of Florence. Then, by following from the outside the elevated path of the Vasari Corridor you will arrive at the romantic Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, and you will end this amazing walking tour admiring its renowned jewellery shops. In the afternoon enjoy the guided visit of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, a treasure chest of inestimable artistic treasures: you will be immediately struck by the elegance of the spaces of the three naves. Lead by your expert Guide you will enjoy the beauty of the splendid marble choir of Bandinelli, the complex of the precious stained-glass windows worked by Donatello, Ghiberti and Andrea del Castagno and the singular and mysterious clock by Paolo Uccello. You will be also surprised to be able to walk on a marvelous carpet of polychrome marbles. Then, looking up, the immense precious interior of the Dome entirely frescoed by Vasari will appear, the biggest fresco in the world. The Brunelleschi's famous Dome is the largest ever built in masonry and the incomparable icon of Renaissance architecture. Please note that the order of the visits may change

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What people are saying about Basilica of San Lorenzo

When you finally get to the top of the Duomo, the view is one of the most spectacular things you’ll ever see. Our tour guide, Vanessa, was so knowledgeable, passionate and friendly. We got special access to a private terrace that was incredible. We knew we were going to be excited about the views and art inside the cathedral, but we were truly surprised at how much we learned in the museum portion of the tour. Don’t miss out on this!

Notre guide Valentina était absolument une passionnée et mine d’information sur les Médicis. Sa connaissance multidisciplinaire en architecture, histoire de l’art, personnages marquant et anecdotes amusantes sur les familles de l’époque, leurs interactions, rumeurs intimement reliées à l’histoire de Florence nous ont ravis. À noter sa maîtrise excellente de la langue française, j’aurais adoré que le tour soit plutôt de 3-4H que 2H!

Original and very interesting. I have used Get Your Guide several times in several countries. Always very happy

Our guide was thorough and entertaining. He knew his stuff!!

Quick access and wonderful place. Recommended audio guide!