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San Lorenzo Church and Cappelle Medicee in Florence

Medici Chapels

Info and tickets for the Cappelle Medicee in Florence, the final resting place and burial chapels of the famous Medici family.

Info & Tickets Cappelle Medicee Firenze

Location Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini 6 (next to Basilica di San Lorenzo)
Tickets
  • Tickets at the box office 9.00 € (The queues can sometimes be quite long at the Cappelle Medicee. You can also book tickets online, this is always with a reservation fee but with a fixed time slot).
  • Up to 18 years free / 18 to 25 years 2.00 €
  • Free entry with the FirenzeCard

Option 1 Getyourguide

Option 2 Tiqets

Hours
  • Wednesday - Thursday - Friday: 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Saturday and Monday: 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
  • Closed every Tuesday and only open occasionally on Sundays
Website Official website
Note To visit the adjacent Basilica di San Lorenzo (church, crypt with museum and monastery), you must purchase separate tickets at the entrance of this church.
  • Admission: 8.50 € (included in the Firenzecard)
  • Hours: Monday - Friday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm and Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Visit the famous Medici at their final resting place

The stone façade of the San Lorenzo does not seem to promise much at first sight, but nothing could be further from the truth. At this church you will find the Medici chapels in honor of the Medici family, the banking family who brought Florence on the world map. Previously, the church with its beautiful orange dome served as the parish church of the Florentine bankers. Today the church is the final resting place of several members of the Medici.

Who are the Medici?

To recognize the importance of the San Lorenzo church (St. Lawrence Basilica), you need to know a little more about the Medici. The Medici dynasty begins in 1434 and ends in 1737, when the last Medici dies. The beginning of the Medici power took place in banking, where Giovanni di Bicci de Medici grew the Medicibanks in and outside Florence. Giovanni even made a deal with the Pope so that the Medici managed the Papal Treasury. This increased the power and wealth of the banking family.

Political power

Much of Giovanni's wealth fell into the hands of Cosimo Il Vecchio, who wanted to expand economic power with political power. In the beginning he failed, which even resulted in an exile. However, the popular support allowed Cosimo to return to Florence in 1434 and take charge of the republic of Florence.

Capelle MediceeThe beautiful roof of the Cappelle Medicee
Medici chapelsThe dome of the Medici chapel behind the San Lorenzo church

The art

As art aficionados, the Medici family spent their wealth on culturally enhancing the city. The Medici supported art and culture, putting the people of Florence behind them. Cosimo, for example, supported big names such as Donatello, Angelico and Brunelleschi. After Cosimo, Piero came to power for a short while, but after this the power and wealth passed into the hands of Lorenzo and Giuliano. Lorenzo was also an art lover, who supported names like Da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo.

The Medici Chapels

It is no wonder that the final resting place of the Medici family is considered a museum, with many visitors every year. This Cappelle Medicee, located in the Basilica of St. Lawrence, consists of three rooms: the crypt behind the entrance hall, the new sacristy and the Cappella dei Principi. In the new sacristy you will find two tombs made by Michelangelo, namely the tomb of Giuliano and Lorenzo. In the Cappella dei Principi there are empty tombs, as the hall was never finished. The remains of the other Medici members lie under the chapel in the crypt of Buontalenti

Who's buried there?

The Medici chapels include Lorenzo il Magnifico, Giuliano de 'Medici, Cosimo I de' Medici, Francesco I de 'Medici, Ferdinando I de' Medici, Cosimo II de 'Medici, Ferdinando II de' Medici and Cosimo III de 'Medici. In the old sacristy is Cosimo Il Vecchio buried and artist Donatello.

Where is the Capelle Medicee located?

Florence Medici chapels
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