The history of the Medici family in the art of the San Lorenzo quarter

 

The Medici family ruled the Grand Duchy of Tuscany from 1532 to 1737 but already from the beginnings of the fifteenth century Medici, through the activity of Giovanni di Bicci, Cosimo il Vecchio, Piero di Cosimo and Lorenzo il Magnifico, guided the politics of the city and influenced its social and cultural life.

After the construction of the Palazzo Medici in via Larga, commissioned by Cosimo, San Lorenzo parish became the heart of Medici’s quarter. It is here where they focused their attention as patrons and commissioners of art.

During our visit we will discover the history of the Palazzo Medici and of the wonderful Magi Chapel. We will visit the Medicean Chapels and the New Sacristy designed by Michelangelo. Finally, we will admire the splendid Basilica of San Lorenzo planned by Filippo Brunelleschi with the Old Sacristy hidden inside, where Brunelleschi and Donatello’s talents generated a balanced and harmonious sacred space.

This is a visit full of art, history and culture, it allows you to admire works of art by Benozzo Gozzoli, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo, Verrocchio and Filippo Lippi.
You will discover the history of the Medici family and their engagement in Florentine art, culture and devotion.


Duration: ca. 3 h. Given the opening times of the visited sights this is a morning tour and it runs on TuesdaysThursdaysFridays and Saturdays.

Visited sights: 

  • Palazzo Medici-Riccardi
  • Cappelle Medicee
  • Basilica di San Lorenzo

Price:

1-14 participants: 180,00 €
15-29 participants: 200,00 €
30 and more participants: 220,00 €

The price does not include the costs of the tickets to the monuments. The price includes sale tax and all other compulsory duties.

Accessibility: 

This tour is partially accessible for people in wheelchairs. The Medicean Chapels and the Basilica are equipped for visitors in wheelchairs while in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi some architectural barriers remain.


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