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Basilica of San Lorenzo (Basilica di San Lorenzo)
The Basilica of San Lorenzo (Basilica di San Lorenzo) is one of the most important Renaissance churches in Florence. Commissioned by the powerful Medici family and designed by Brunelleschi, it is home to magnificent sculptural and architectural works by Michelangelo, including the Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee) and the Laurentian Library.

The Basics
The Medicis had the Basilica of San Lorenzo constructed in the 15th century on the site of an older Romanesque church to house family tombs, located in the New Sacristy and decorated by Michelangelo’s monumental statues depicting the reclining figures of Night and Day and Dawn and Dusk. The church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, is part of a larger complex that also includes Brunelleschi’s Old Sacristy with sculptures by Donatello; the Laurentian Library, with a monumental carved staircase leading to the reading room where even the desks were designed by Michelangelo; the cloister, crypts, and treasury; and the Chapel of Princes by Matteo Nigetti.

The Medici Chapels inside the basilica are among the most popular attractions in Florence, so book a tour that includes skip-the-line entrance to avoid long lines. Many Florence sightseeing walking or Segway tours also visit highlights such as the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia), and Piazzale Michelangelo. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • To enter the church, you must wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
  • Large bags and backpacks must be left at the free coat check at the entrance.
  • Tickets to the Basilica of San Lorenzo complex include entrance to the Medici Chapel Museum, Medici and Lorenese crypts, Cannon’s Cloister, and Basilica Treasury.
  • The Laurentian Library is only open to the public when a special exhibition is being held, and tickets must be purchased separately.
  • There is wheelchair access to the ground-floor church and cloister and the chapels above.

How to Get There
The Basilica of San Lorenzo is located on Piazza San Lorenzo, just a few minutes’ walk north of Florence Cathedral (Duomo) or east of the Santa Maria Novella train station.
 
When to Get There
The San Lorenzo Basilica complex is crowded with visitors touring the Medici Chapels during summer; visit in spring or fall for fewer tourists. If visiting Florence on a Sunday or Monday, note that the chapels are closed on the second and fourth Sunday and the first, third, and fifth Monday of every month.
 
Michelangelo’s Unfinished Facade
The Basilica of San Lorenzo was built by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1419, his first project in Florence and a masterpiece of Renaissance interiors. The rough exterior was meant to be covered by a spectacular facade designed by Michelangelo, but lack of funds and other complications left the church unfinished outside. To see what the facade would have looked like had it been completed, view the scale model in the Casa Buonarroti museum.
Address: Piazza di San Lorenzo, 9, Florence, Tuscany 50123, Italy
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Florence Independent Tour with Audiopen and Optional Lunch

Florence Independent Tour with Audiopen and Optional Lunch

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Use a handheld audio guide to explore Florence, and make your way around a preset route, put together by a local expert guide. The innovative ‘audiopen’ includes a touch-screen map, which allows you to wander the city streets and learn about its sights as you go. Check out Palazzo Pitti, Florence Duomo, the Church of San Lorenze and Brunelleschi’s Dome among other landmarks on your route. Want to enhance the experience? Add a meal when you book and enjoy three courses of food in Florence’s historical center.
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Small Group Best of Florence Walking Tour

Small Group Best of Florence Walking Tour

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Welcome to the amazing City of Florence. Meet your expert local guide near Church of Santa Croce and you will start from the Bargello Palace,a Medieval Fortress with an enormous entrance Hall that you will admire from outside.Continuing your stroll discovering the reason why Florence is considered the “cradle” of the Renaissance.You will stop on one of the most famous bridge,Ponte Vecchio, then on to Piazza della Signoria, political heart of the city. Admire the magnificent Uffizzi Gallery that housed the Great Duke’s headquarters and the Palazzo Vecchio, the historic seat of the Florentine Government. Let's enter the oldest part of Florence.You will reach Piazza del Duomo where The combination of the Cathedral with its unique Brunelleschi’s Dome,the Baptistery with its stunning Porta del Paradiso and the Giotto’s bell tower is spectacular. At the Church of San Lorenzo you will say Goodbye to your guide continuing to explore the surrounding market area.
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  • 2 hours
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Florence Food Tour

Florence Food Tour

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Enjoy tastings at some of Florence’s most local establishments on this small-group gourmet food tour, led by a professional chef. Throughout the tour, you’ll visit a combination of classic Florentine highlights and lesser-known destinations, San Lorenzo Market, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio. First Stop the San Lorenzo Market, walk through the market and have a taste of the most delicious product from florence and tuscany. Rather than just eating Florentine food, you meet local vendors and taste delicacies like traditional charcuterie, cheese’s parmigiano reggiano and pecorino, balsamic vinegar tasting, Extra virgin olive oil tasting, espresso tasting, wine tasting and gelato.
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In the Footsteps of Dan Brown's Inferno with Palazzo Vecchio Secret Access

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When visiting Florence, follow the trail of Robert Langdon, the fictional hero of Dan Brown’s thriller ‘Inferno.’ Fuel up for the treasure hunt with lunch in a historic merchant gallery before entering the Palazzo Vecchio, once the heart of the Florentine Republic. See symbolic paintings, mysterious statutes, and even Dante’s death mask — all featured in scenes from the novel and hit movie starring Tom Hanks. Go even deeper into the mystery with special access to secret stairways and hidden studios.
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  • 2 hours
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Evening Exclusive Private Walking Tour of the Best of Florence with Local Guide

Evening Exclusive Private Walking Tour of the Best of Florence with Local Guide

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Get a new perspective on Florence’s Renaissance charms on an evening walking tour, after the heats and crowds of the day have died down. See illuminated monuments like Santa Croce Church, Ponte Vecchio, and the Duomo, plus some lesser-known treasures well worth a look. Learn about the city’s ancient history as a private guide leads you on a well-planned route, stopping to savor a scoop of gelato along the way.
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Medici's Mile Walking Tour plus Pitti Palace or Boboli Gardens Ticket

Medici's Mile Walking Tour plus Pitti Palace or Boboli Gardens Ticket

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Trace the footsteps of Florence’s powerful Medici family and learn how these medieval art patrons helped spark the Renaissance. Visit Medici chapels and palaces while hearing tales of court intrigue and scandals. Follow the historic Vasari Corridor that dukes and duchesses used to cross the city in secret, and finish across the River Arno with included admission to your choice of either the Palazzo Pitti — the last Medici residence — or the royal Boboli Gardens.
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  • 2 hours
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Half-Day Florence Medici Dynasty Dawn and Rise Private Tour

Half-Day Florence Medici Dynasty Dawn and Rise Private Tour

The first thing that comes to mind when talking about the Medici family is their political influence, their power and their connections with the most famous artist from that period. But who where the lords of Florence? This tour aims to focus on their story seen through the traces still present in their neighborhood and in the church under their patronage. We will start with a presentation of the family and its arrival in Florence. We will see from the outside their Renaissance palace and then we will enter the Laurentian complex. Here we will visit the amazing cloister and the crypt, before moving to the church where we will see the famous old sacristy. We will then end with the Medici chapels which also houses the new sacristy, one of the immortal masterpieces by Michelangelo.
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Florence at Sunset

Florence at Sunset

Dedicated to those who prefer to experience the most suggestive atmosphere of Historic Florence. A two-hour walk in the afternoon is one of the best ways to start getting to know the city, savor the charm of its streets and discover the stories of the greatest characters in its history. A story that starts from the Roman origins of Florence up to the centuries-old history of the Medici family. Starting from the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the path will take you to the Cathedral, to the Church of Orsanmichele, to Piazza della Signoria to end on the Ponte Vecchio, from which you can walk to the Piazzale Michelangelo (a nineteenth-century terrace built on the hills) from which you can take panoramic photos of the city in one of its best moments, when the light of the sunset caresses its monuments, the river Arno and its bridges.
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Florence and Hills City Tour, Duomo Complex and Accademia Gallery skip-the line

Florence and Hills City Tour, Duomo Complex and Accademia Gallery skip-the line

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Discover the top attractions of Florence on a group morning tour. Comfortable transportation allows you to experience a huge area of the city in just a few hours, including a picturesque drive along the Viale dei Colli. Breeze past the lengthy ticket line at the Accademia Gallery with included skip-the-line entrance and get straight to Michelangelo’s David. After a walk around the city center, enjoy a Tuscan lunch for an additional fee.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Morning Guided City Tour of Florence with Accademia Gallery - AM

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Spend a few hours exploring the history and culture of Florence on a private tour. After pickup from your centrally-located hotel, enjoy magnificent views from Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the statue of David and other world-renowned artworks at the famed Accademia Gallery, and gaze and the amazing architecture of the Duomo Square complex.
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  • 3 hours
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Combo Tour Uffizi Gallery Audiopen Visit and Best of Florence Audiopen Walking Tour

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Follow an innovative audioguide to discover the top sights in Florence at your own pace. The guide covers the highlights of the Uffizi Gallery and Florence landmarks including: Piazza della Signoria, Basilica San Miniato al Monte, Mercato del Porcellino and many others in a single tour, which you can complete at your leisure. This package includes skip-the-line access to the Uffizi Gallery, one of Florence's most popular museums.
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Accademia Gallery and Walking tour of Florence

Accademia Gallery and Walking tour of Florence

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Kick off your time in Florence with a visit to one of the world's most famous museums, skipping the line at the Accademia Gallery. Learn the history behind Renaissance masterpieces, including Michelangelo's iconic ‘David' statue, from a guide who takes the guesswork out of what to see in the huge collection. After an independent break for lunch, get to know fascinating Florentine history on a walking tour through the city’s medieval heart.
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Amazing Florence Walking Tour -Small Group

Amazing Florence Walking Tour -Small Group

Florence is a real amazing city with its small historic center, delicious cuisine and gorgeous sites to visit. Our walking tour begins with our guide at the Church of Santa Croce. Then you will visit Bargello Palace, a medieval fortress, and one of the many reasons behind the city being referred to as the ‘cradle’ of the Renaissance era. Continuing on is an exploration of the famous Ponte Vecchio, and the amazing political square, Piazza della Signoria, where the remarkable Uffizzi art Gallery museum is located; nearby the Boboli Gardens, chosen as the residence of the Grand Dukes of Medici, and the town hall Palazzo Vecchio. The tour continues to the oldest part of Florence: the Piazza del Duomo. This majestic site combines the awe-inspiring feel of the Cathedral, the amazing Dome of Brunelleschi, Giotto’s bell tower and the Baptistery with its Porta del Paradiso. The experience of Florence concludes at the Church of San Lorenzo and the surrounding area with all its bustling markets.
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  • 2 hours
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Early Access: Skip-the-line Michelangelo's David & Florence Highlights Tour

Early Access: Skip-the-line Michelangelo's David & Florence Highlights Tour

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Seeing Michelangelo’s “David” is a must-do while in Florence. This private tour takes you past the ticket lines with priority admission to the Accademia Gallery. First, an art historian guides you on a 2-hour walking tour through public squares and markets to see key landmarks like Giotto's Bell Tower and the Ponte Vecchio. After an introduction to the city, step inside one of Florence’s top museums to view its masterpiece.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from Livorno

Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from Livorno

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Spend the day exploring Florence—and opt to see sides of the city that many visitors miss—on this full-day, private shore excursion from Livorno. Meet your guide directly at the port, and hop into your air-conditioned minivan. You’ll drive through the scenic Chianti region en route to Florence. Upon arrival, discover the city’s most in-demand landmarks (including the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazzale Michelangelo). You can also upgrade to add on an extensive, multi-hour walking tour of the city and its lesser-known attractions.
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  • 9 hours
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A Florence to See

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A tour that wants to show you a less obvious side of the city. A path that will take you from the most famous Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria to a walk along the river bank to places a little less known in Oltrarno (the old Florence, over the bridge). Here you will visit The Rose Garden with the famous sculptures of Folon and the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte on the top of the hills, ending with a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the city seen from above.
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Private Tour through Michelangelo's Works and Life in Florence

Private Tour through Michelangelo's Works and Life in Florence

An in-depth itinerary on Michelangelo to discover part of his masterpieces in Florence. Our itinerary aims to retrace part of Michelangelo’s life and his controversial personality and to discover his beautiful works of art inside the florentine's museum. Our tour will begin with a visit to the Academy Gallery where Michelangelo is considered the absolute master of the museum. Besides we will have the opportunity to admire one of the most important renaissance sculptures: the David of Michelangelo. Just the time to catch your breath and we proceeding to the second part of our tour with the Bargello National Museum, home of Renaissance sculptural masterpieces with the famous Michelangelo Hall . We will then continue to the museum of Casa Buonarroti, house and memorial of the genius Michelangelo where it will be possible to admire, among other works, early pieces by Michelangelo like the Madonna of the Stairs and the Battle of the Centaurs.
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  • 4 hours
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3-Hour Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line & Florence Walking Tour

3-Hour Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line & Florence Walking Tour

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3 hours skip-the-line tour for the Accademia Gallery where you'll enjoy the David by Michelangelo and a lovely walking tour to discover Florence. This is what we offer: the better company to enjoy the secrets, legend and history of its special corners during the walking tour and the opportunity to discover David, the masterpiece of Florence with no tedious lines.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence Small group Highlights Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Florence Small group Highlights Walking Tour with a Local Guide

With This 2 hour walking city tour you will wander the stunning streets of Florence guided by an expert local guide. After meeting your guide , accompanied by a small group of people up to 15, you will see Santa Croce Church, the Bargello Palace, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, the Cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, Uffizi Gallery's courtyard, the church of San Lorenzo (all from the outside) . Learn about the city thanks to the precious suggestions of your guide on how to spend your time in Florence.
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  • 2 hours
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Guided walk Private walking tour of the main monuments (external only)

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An orientation walk lasting 2 hours in the historic center to recognize the main monuments and museums. The Guide provides a map of the city and the timetables and prices of the individual monuments to make your stay in Florence easier. The Guided Walk includes the Medici Quarter with a visit to the exterior of: Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the Medici Parish (the Basilica of San Lorenzo) and the area of the colorful Central Market. Walking tour of the religious center of the city: the monumental Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's bell tower and the Baptistery of San Giovanni. Walk in the political center of the city with Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, an open-air museum with the monumental sculptures David, Perseus and the Rape of the Sabines. Crossing the courtyard of the Uffizi we arrive at the characteristic Ponte Vecchio, a strategic place to reach the Oltrarno or to travel along the riversides.
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  • 2 hours
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$168.99
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The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales

The Best tour in Florence: Renaissance and Medici Tales

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This tour is the best walking tour that you can ever have in Florence. It is a great introduction to the city for both first-timers as well as returners. It covers the main attractions of the city and also the hidden gems that are well and truly "off the beaten track" and gives you facts you wouldn't know or notice walking around by yourself. While you'll be led through the city you will be even accompanied through three centuries full of thrilling stories about the Medici family who influenced Florence’s history; little by little the Renaissance will become alive in front of you. You will not be involved in a boring, neutral lecture, but in a pleasant stroll through the center of Florence, in a friendly and easy-going atmosphere. This tour, except the small commission for TripAdvisor, is based on donations. This means that if you like the tour you can leave a tip (some people give 10€, some people give 50€, you choose the price) to reward the guide.
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The passion of the Medici: marble and precious stones

The passion of the Medici: marble and precious stones

Among the treasures kept in Florence, there are some masterpieces by Michelangelo Buonarroti as well as the art of manufacturing marble and precious stones. the Medici family commissioned marvelous works realized with the preciousness of marble and other stones, whose mineralogical colors and characteristics were exploited for a craft technique still used today: the Florentine salesman. An unusual but very interesting tour will let you discover a hidden Florence!
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  • 4 hours
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$201.46
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The Medici's Mile in Florence, Discover the Medici Dynasty Secrets

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A great SEMI PRIVATE tour to let you know better the most powerful and important family that ruled Florence from the Renaissance, the Medici. Coming from Mugello valley north of Florence, they were the money-changer of the Pope in Rome and they had several banks in Europe as well. After they got the power of Florence in the first half of the XV century under Cosimo the Elder, they decided to build a great palazzo, Palazzo Medici, in via Larga (now via Cavour) and to transform the Church of San Lorenzo into their private family church. With a professional guide you will then discover all the secrets about the so-called “Medici Mile”, in San Lorenzo lively neighbourhood.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The Florence Quiz! Walking Tour

The Florence Quiz! Walking Tour

!! CAUTION !! Be aware that this is NOT a traditional guided tour! If you just want to wander around, listen to a monotonous voice until you fall asleep and then put a tick in the "visit Florence box" - this is not the experience for you. This experience is for people who want to feel thrilled, engaged by the history of the city. With this non-traditional QUIZ-TOUR you will learn about Florence and you will have an active role in answering as many questions as you and your family / friends. You can decide to play only or teams. Each player / team will pick a Character card; that character will identify you for the Quiz. All the characters represent historical personalities of Florence, of course. Will you be Leonardo da Vinci? Or maybe Michelangelo? I'll keep score for everyone and get the best score.
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  • 2 hours
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$50.37
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