Florence: Guided Tour of Medici Family Secrets and Chapels

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Uncover the Medici family's history on a guided tour of Florence. Visit the Medici Chapel in the Basilica di San Lorenzo and admire masterpieces by Michelangelo with pre-booked skip-the-line tickets.

Highlights

  • Uncover hidden secrets as you explore Florence's historic streets and squares
  • See the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the Medici's former home, from its courtyard
  • Admire the exterior of Palazzo Vecchio and learn how it became the Medici Palace
  • Benefit from pre-reserved tickets to the Medici Chapels and the New Sacristy
  • Discover the Medici family's artistic influence and impact on the Renaissance

Description

Join a private or small group guided tour in Florence to explore one of the most captivating eras in the city’s rich history, where the renowned Medici family took center stage. Benefit from skip-the-line access to the Medici Chapel and discover the family’s hidden crypt unknown to many tourists. Follow your guide the highlight of this tour, featuring the stunning octagonal Medici Chapel adorned with inlaid marble, and the extraordinary burials decorated by Michelangelo in the New Sacristy, where members of the Medici family rest today. Visit the locations featured in “Medici: Masters of Florence” and learn about the lives of key family members like Lorenzo the Magnificent, Cosimo the Elder, and Piero the Unfortunate. Delve into their intense rivalries with other prominent families, such as the Strozzis and the Pazzis. Next, admire the Piazza della Signoria, the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century. Explore how the medieval building of the municipal government became a Medici Palace in 1540. See the Palazzo Vecchio from an exclusive vantage point. Continue to the exterior of Palazzo Medici Riccardi while continuing to learn the history of the Medici family. Unravel the delicate relationship between art and power as your guide tells you about the Medici’s influence on Florence. Admire the intricate decorations of the courtyard from outside. Then, stroll across Piazza del Duomo and venture into the charming streets of the San Lorenzo neighborhood to explore this historic district. Learn about the family’s founders and the rapid success of their bank, which became one of the most successful in Europe. Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Medici Chapel. Marvel at Michelangelo’s marble figures and the intricate mosaic work. Admire the Chapel of the Princes, adorned with marble and semi-precious stones. Learn about Michelangelo’s Secret Room, where the artist hid for many weeks in 1530, all from an external viewpoint. Conclude your tour by exploring the family’s hidden crypt. This vaulted chamber remained undiscovered until 2004 when researchers lifted a stone slab behind the chapel's main altar.

Includes

Private or small-group walking tour (depending on option chosen) Guide Exterior visit of the Basilica di San Lorenzo Pre-booked tickets to the Medici Chapels and the New Sacristy by Michelangelo

Important Information

  • Large bags and backpacks are not allowed in the monument.
  • This tour does not run on the first Sunday of the month.
  • Clients must arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start of the tour. This is due to the timed entry of the tickets.
  • Tickets are timed and expire within 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Please be advised that it is not possible to join the tour after it has commenced.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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