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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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I Medici: Masters of Florence Half Day Walking Guided Tour

I Medici: Masters of Florence Half Day Walking Guided Tour

Step back in time on a private walking tour of Florence that highlights the contributions and conspiracies of the infamous Medici family. Booking a private tour not only ensures your guide’s full attention, but also that you learn details and anecdotes often missed by visitors along the way. The itinerary’s medieval focus features the Palazzo Medici, Battistero di San Giovanni, and the Duomo Cathedral.
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  • 3 hours
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$186.95
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Florence Street Food Walking Tour with Guided Sightseeing of Must-See Sites

Florence Street Food Walking Tour with Guided Sightseeing of Must-See Sites

Come hungry to this 3-hour walking tour of Florence that showcases the city’s rich history and cuisine. In between tours of the Duomo Cathedral and San Lorenzo Basilica, sample authentic street food and taste fresh products at Mercato Centrale. Going with a guide means you won’t be overwhelmed by choice in the bustling streets and market—and that you learn facts and anecdotes often missed by visitors along the way.
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  • 3 hours
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Guided Tour of Florence by Night including Duomo and all the must-see highlights

Guided Tour of Florence by Night including Duomo and all the must-see highlights

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Explore Florence by night with a local guide on a 2-hour walking tour through the city. Visit notable landmarks including Florence Cathedral, the Baptistery of Saint John, Giotto's Bell Tower, Porcellino Market, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, and much more. Learn about the history of this cultured Tuscan city as you soak up the nighttime energy.
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  • 2 hours
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Florence Gourmet Tour with Food Wine and Guided Sightseeing of City Highlights

Florence Gourmet Tour with Food Wine and Guided Sightseeing of City Highlights

Stroll through Florence with a guide and small group, stopping at must-see sights and culinary outposts along the way. You'll check many of the iconic Florence sights off of your list—churches of San Lorenzo and Santa Croce, the Brunelleschi Dome, the Giotto bell tower—as well as enjoy seven food stops. Taste everything from cured meat to artisanal ice cream along the way.
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  • 4 hours
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Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from La Spezia

Florence Hidden Sights Private Tour from La Spezia

Make the most of your time in port with a full-day, private tour of Tuscan y from LA Spezia port. See the vineyards and olive groves of the Chianti wine-producing region en route to Florence where you explore the city with a local to see hidden sights and tour popular sights like Michelangelo’s Square lookout and Ponte Vecchio. Embark on a three-hour guided walking tour or if you prefer, tour the city by air-conditioned van, equipped with wifi.
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Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters

Private Guided Tour of Florence Basilicas and Their Cloisters

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Get an in-depth look at three beautiful churches as well as their ancient cloisters on this private tour in Florence. Visit the churches of San Lorenzo, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella before sitting down to a simple Tuscan lunch (if upgrade selected).
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  • 3 hours
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Florence by Night Guided Tour

Florence by Night Guided Tour

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As the sun goes down and the crowds slowly begin to disappear from the streets, Florence's radiance really begins to appear. Relish in a pleasant stroll through millennial streets of Reniassance birthplace. Full legends and mysteries, our expert English speaking guide will lead you to the statues and monuments that really makes Florence one of a kind. Our 2-hour walking tour will highlight the monuments and statues of Florence and revealing why this city is much more enchanting under the moonlight.
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Florence Market Tour: Market Explorer

Florence Market Tour: Market Explorer

A Small-group Gourmet Food Tour in Florence As a first introduction to local products stroll through Florence’s fascinating market, San Lorenzo market, a buzzing haven of tantalizing products.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Pisa and Florence Private Tour from Lucca

Pisa and Florence Private Tour from Lucca

This is a prefect tour for first time travellers visiting this Region. You will have the chance to admire the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, and spend most of the day in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the World. Along the way our driver will provide tons of information about the area and our lifestyle while crossing part of the famous Tuscan countryside. From Pisa to Florence the drive will be surrounded by rollings hills where the Italian wine and olive oil is produced. A "must do" itinerary the get and overlook of this unique part of Italy. Enjoy a day with locals on board a comfortable air conditioned vehicle rather than a crowded bus!
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  • 8 hours
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$920.11
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Pinocchio's adventures:the places of the writer Collodi and his Puppet Pinocchio

Pinocchio's adventures:the places of the writer Collodi and his Puppet Pinocchio

Do you want to be a child again by living the adventures of the most famous puppet in the world? The Cat and the Fox, the adorable Blue Fairy, the Terrible Fish-dog, the thoughtful Geppetto, not to mention the Talking Cricket: you will meet all these characters on a journey that will make young and old dream ... A DAY DEDICATED TO PINOCCHIO, AMONG THE PLACES THAT MARKED THE LIFE OF ITS AUTHOR AND THE THEME PARK OF COLLODI! The morning will be dedicated to the rediscovery of some corners of Florence that have marked important moments in the life of Carlo Lorenzini, known to most by the pseudonym of Collodi. On board a comfortable minivan you will then reach Collodi, where you will be amazed by the beauties of the garden of Villa Garzoni, that garden which Carlo himself helped to take care of and make prosper. After a stop for lunch, our guide will accompany you in your exploration of the Pinocchio for a truly unique experience!
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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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Morning First Entrance: Accademia Gallery, David & Florence City Highlights Tour

Morning First Entrance: Accademia Gallery, David & Florence City Highlights Tour

Join us on this fun and informative walking tour. As you meander through Florence’s charming streets and piazzas, your very knowledgeable guide take you on an historical journey through Renaissance Florence. You’ll discover and learn of Florence’s wonderful architecture, see the monuments, squares, and markets of this enchanting city.
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Florence for beginners - best walking tour

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Get the perfect introduction to Florence with this small-group walking tour around the historical streets and piazzas. Aimed at Florence beginners (aka first-time visitors) to the city, the tour showcases the must-see sights such as the Ponte Vecchio, Mercato Centrale, Piazza della Repubblica, and more. Enjoy guided commentary about Florence, and make the most of greater interaction with your guide in a small group of just eight people.
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Private Florence Food and walking Tour

Private Florence Food and walking Tour

Discover the culinary traditions of Florence during a half-day tour led by your own private guide. Find places that locals love as your guide takes you to historical ‘botteghe’ (small shops) and the Central Market (Mercato Centrale Firenze). Meet vendors whose families have been in the food business for generations as you sample classic savory and sweet dishes including delicatessen specialties, cheeses, and gelato, accompanied by Chianti wine.
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The Best of Florence in few hours - private walking tour

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Get to know Florence on a private walking tour of the city with a knowledgeable guide. During this 2-hour exploration, discover the Renaissance city’s top sights as you cross bridges, walk along winding alleys, pass by medieval markets and see famous landmarks like Santa Maria del Fiore, aka the Duomo. This is a great way to get oriented with the city so you’ll know what sites you want to return to later.
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Florence Street Food and Sightseeing Tour with a Professional Tour Guide

Florence Street Food and Sightseeing Tour with a Professional Tour Guide

The best way to get in touch with the Florentine culture is to discover the local food and traditions. Your guide will lead you in this journey through the Tuscany flavours - from the fresh pasta to the cantuccini biscuits, passing by the traditional pappa-al-pomodoro and the ribollita. A must is the lampredotto or trippa, and the "peposo del Brunelleschi" will be a feast for your papillas. Enjoy this tour of Florence with us and listen to the history and curiosities of the city that once was capital of Italy, while eating as locals do and enjoying every single bite! Last but not the least, ask for the Buontalenti ice-cream flavour - you won't find it anywhere else but here!
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  • 3 hours
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Florence by Night

Florence by Night

Florence really begins to shine as the sun goes down and the crowds disappear. Take in the millennial and quaint narrow streets as you stroll through the birthplace of Reniassance. Your expert English guide will take you to the most significant statues and monuments that sets Florence apart.
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Florence Photography Walking Tour: Palaces, Palazzos and Bridges

Florence Photography Walking Tour: Palaces, Palazzos and Bridges

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Learn how to capture the stunning Florence scenery like a master on this 3-hour private photography tour. Explore the iconic Ponte Vecchio along the Arno River, the Piazza della Signoria and other scenic monuments as your private guide provides professional tips on how to capture the world around you on camera. Choose between two tour options, one that takes you through the Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti, or a route that shows you Florence’s true Renaissance gems.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence from the rooftops

Florence from the rooftops

This tour is the perfect combination of wine, history and hidden gems with the best views of the city. Exclusive access with breathtaking 360 ° views of the terraces of Florence to get the best shots of the city! Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Chianti wine by learning its characteristics, its flavor and its history and taste the real Tuscan food that will immediately make you fall in love with Tuscany. At the end of the tour your eyes will be full of beauty, your mind full of information and anecdotes and you will be deeply in love with Florence! We will probably become friends because as we say in Italy nothing combines more than a glass of wine around a table!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Walking tour

Walking tour

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Florence is amazing, its history even more so. You will hear stories about which you cannot read in the guide books. This is a great introduction to this city in a fun and entertaining way.
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  • 2 hours
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Florence Bike Tour

Florence Bike Tour

A uniquely pleasant way to discover the city, bike tour is one of the most distinct ways to explore the city. Enjoy a glimpse of all the hidden treasures in the birthplace of Renaissance. Take joy in the beautiful landscape of Florence while taking a relax bike ride with an expert English speaking guide.
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In Florence in Leonardo da Vinci's footsteps, Private Tour

In Florence in Leonardo da Vinci's footsteps, Private Tour

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An unmissable experience in the center of Florence to get in touch with the places dear to Leonardo and approach the world of the great Renaissance genius
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$102.24
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Renaissance Tales

Renaissance Tales

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​FIRST time in Florence? Don’t you know where to start? Join our free tour! We’ll show you the main HIGHTLIGHTS of this beautiful city and make you travel into the RENAISSANCE times and the intrigues of one of the most powerful and influent families of history: the MEDICI. All in a funny and easy-going way. We’ll also give you all the tips (what to visit, to taste ...) you need to take the most of the city and ENJOY it to the fullest! “Ok ok, that seems very cool... but who are you??” If you’re wondering this, it means that you’re so curious... and we love it! We’re a group of local friends and also official tour guides of Florence, although we’d rather introduce ourselves as STORYTELLERS! That’s why we chose “Tour-TALE” as our name. We love to tell stories to the people and make them travel throughout the past as it was a tale. We love traveling too and we’ve also been tourists, so we try to give you the kind of visit we’d like to find: clear and with a good balance between information, curiosities and funny anecdotes. With no stress, just relaxing and enjoying your holidays, while learning curiosities that you can explain when you go back home! Our aim is that you to finish our tour with a smile and give you the best memory possible of your trip. Are you ready? As the human brain starts getting tired after a while (if you don’t, then you’re a superhuman and we admire you so much), we’ve set the length of this tour in 2 hours. That’s enough to cover the main attractions of this city.
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Обзорная экскурсия по лоренции.

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Если вы впервые во Флоренции, то именно этот тур будет лучшим началом для знакомства с городом! Во время этого тура я познакомлю вас с главными достопримечательностями города в сопровождении интересного рассказа о истории Флоренции, о её правителях династии Медичи, о великих мастерах которые работали и прославляли Флоренцию.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$200.75
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