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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: 1.5-Hour Medici Chapel Private Tour

2. 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: Guided Walking Tour and 72-Hour Duomo Complex Pass

3. Florence: Guided Walking Tour and 72-Hour Duomo Complex Pass

Led by an expert local guide you will discover the streets, squares, palaces, and monuments that have been the background of the Medici family's history and of its great artists, who have made Florence the world's most famous city of art. You will discover the spectacular Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city's political power since the Middle Ages, an open-air museum with magnificent palaces, a scenic fountain, and sculptural masterpieces of extraordinary beauty. You will travel back to the time of the Medici’s splendors exploring the lively San Lorenzo district, where the family lived and where the Medici Chapels and the Basilica of San Lorenzo are located, and you will enter inside its elegant Cloister designed by Brunelleschi. You will admire the unique Church of Orsanmichele, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art, and be fascinated by the picturesque Ponte Vecchio, sparkling with the gold of its ancient jewelry shops. Learn all the secrets and anectodes of Piazza del Duomo, a spectacular concentration of history, art and spirituality. At the end of your guided tour, you will get a Pass that will allow you to enter the Duomo by yourself, with access to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the ancient Crypt of Santa Reparata, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Giotto's Bell Tower and the extraordinary Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, that includes masterpieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, Arnolfo di Cambio, Ghiberti, Ghirlandaio, Luca della Robbia and many others. So much beauty to discover, but be assured that you will have up to 72 hours from the selected date to visit all of them with no time constraints! 

Florence: Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

4. 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.

Michelangelo and Santa Croce Private Tour

5. Michelangelo and Santa Croce Private Tour

Get to know Michelangelo, considered the greatest living artist of time and the most famous Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance. Along with his influence on the the development of Western art. Visit the Basilica of Santa Croce, the largest Franciscan Church in the world, situated in Santa Croce Square in Florence. It was built by Arnolfo di Cambio over a pre-existing church. Here you will find the Bardi and Peruzzi Chapels with frescoes by important Florentine artist Giotto, the Sacresty and the Pazzi Chapel by Filippo Brunelleschi. The tour helps you to get to know lots of history and facts about the life of Michelangelo, his passion and his inspiring grandeur that many artists tried to copy.  The tour continues to the museum, the House of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Here you can find famous works like 'Madonna of the Stairs' and 'Battle of the Centaurs' by the young Michelangelo, testifying his love for the Greek and Roman Art. Moreover, you will also find the wooden model for the marble facade of  the Church San Lorenzo and the model for the chariot transporting David from Piazza della Signoria to the Accademia Gallery in 1873.

Florence: City Tour by Van with Accademia and Duomo

6. 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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 13 reviews

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!

Fue la mejor elección que he realizado para un tour, nuestra guía era súper lista tenía muchísimos conocimientos, aprendimos mucho y nos encanto cada detalle, ampliamente recomendado, Gracias!

No issues, representative called ahead of time to see when we would arrive. I told we would be there at our scheduled time. He was at the site waiting for us with our tickets.

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

Quick access and wonderful place. Recommended audio guide!