Medici: a family affair at a glance
The tour offers a walk through 15th century Florence when the Medici, with Cosimo the Elder, estabilished themselves as the rulers of the town.
We start from San Marco, the Dominican monastery rebuilt by the will and money of Cosimo de Medici (40 thousand florins invested in the reconstruction) to give a new home to the Dominicans in the city. Example of Renaissance architecture, the monastery and the museum contain the largest collection of works by Fra Angelico, both frescoes and paintings on panel. Another important person who lived in San Marco was Girolamo Savonarola, very important figure in the history of Florence for the influence he had on many artists (Botticelli in particular).
Palazzo Medici-Riccardi was also built by Cosimo, it’s an early example of Renaissance palace that imposed on the entire district which became the Medicean district. Inside you will see the beautiful chapel frescoed by Benozzo Gozzoli, a pupil of Beato Angelico, with the Journey of the Magi, a religious symbol but also a political celebration of Cosimo the Elder.
The church of San Lorenzo, our final stage, was the parish church of the Medici Bankers. The most famous part of the church is the Old Sacristy, built by Brunelleschi and decorated by Donatello in 1427, that contains some of the most famous Medici tombs. The old sacristy is considered a symbol of Renaissance proportions.
The tour will end in Piazza San Lorenzo, in front of the Basilica.
Pick-up and Drop-off
Meeting point: Piazza San Marco, in front of the statue
Hotel pick-up: available for selected hotels, you must contact the guide after booking the tour
Drop-off: Piazza San Lorenzo
What’s included in the price (and what is not)
- 3-hour private tour with an expert licensed tour guide of Florence
- Tickets for San Marco Museum, Palazzo Medici and San Lorenzo. Your guide will assist you in buying the tickets.
- any other personal expense
Here are some important things to know in order to ensure you have the best possible experience with your Medici tour:
- the itinerary is indicative and can be changed in case some monument is inaccessible for restoration; furthermore, the itinerary can be changed if hotel pick-up is requested, based on the location of your hotel; in particular the order of the attractions can be changed to better suit the different starting point.
Things to bring (and not to)
You will have to pay the price of museum tickets. Your guide will assist you and you will pay at the museum ticket office directly, by cash or credit card. After booking, you can directly contact your guide for more information.
Having a camera with you is your choice. Someone prefers to immerse in beauty not being distracted by taking pictures/making videos, someone else prefers to build printable memories of his trip. It’s really up to you. Inside the museums included in this tour, pictures and videos are allowed, but the use of a flash or selfie-sticks is prohibited.
Entrance to San Lorenzo Church and any other religious place is subject to restrictions: your clothing must be appropriate and cover your shoulders and knees.