San Lorenzo Basilica



In 1419, at the Medici's expense, the new construction began according to the incomplete plans begun by Filippo Brunelleschi.

The church rises above a low flight of steps and has a weird façade made of bricks and stones left rough because the Florentines couldn't agree on a design for the stunning marble façade they'd wanted.

The vast and harmonius interior, dominated by the white limestone and the grey 'pietra serena', is divided into three aisles.

On the inner façade, designed by Michelangelo, is a long balcony designed for the exposition to the faithful of the relics of the saints conserved in the church.

Among the many works of exceptional interest housed in the church, particularly outstanding are the two bronze pulpits, raised on marble columns, made up of elegantly and meticolously sculpted panels by Donatello and his assistants.

In the north aisle is a huge fresco by Bronzino, packed with giant figures and portraying the Martytdom of St. Lawrence.

At the end oof the south aisle, before the transept, is the splendid marble tabernacle sculpted by Desiderio da Settignano, an exquisite masterpiece dating to the early Renaissance period. All the Medici family members are buried here.


9,00-12,00 and 15,00-17,00.

Closed on monday.

Free admissions

Ingresso gratuito.


Piazza San Lorenzo, Florence-Centre, 50123

View Larger Map
My Guide Book Now! San Lorenzo Basilica

My Lists

Create New Guide


Mini Guides

Login to create your guides for Florence.

Add to My Guide

Create New Guide



Recommended Experiences in Florence

500+ trusted car hire partners globally

Create & Share your own Guide to Florence with friends and family!

Add your recommended places to visit by browsing the website and pressing the icon.

Create your own guide of favourite 'must see' places

Earn your Local Expert badge by Sharing your guides with others

Get your guide seen by submitting it to the Mini Guides section


We Are Part of the My Guide Network!

My Guide Florence is part of the global My Guide Network of Online & Mobile travel guides.

We are now in 120+ Destinations and Growing. If you are interested in becoming a local travel partner and would like to find out more then click for more info about our Website Business Opportunity.

Nearby Destinations

Events in Florence

Filter Events by Sub-Category

Please select a Date first.

Search for a company in Florence