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The Palazzo Medici Riccardi, also known as the Palazzo Medici, was home to the Medici family for more than two centuries before being sold to the Riccardis, who expanded the building before selling it to the Florentine government in 1814. The Palazzo contains a museum of ancient marbles, spaces for temporary exhibitions, and visitors can also discover the stunning Magi chapel and Gallery Luca Giordano, which contain important renaissance artworks.
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2 Tips for Visiting the Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Chapel of the Magi | Wiki Commons: Public Domain
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Chapel of the Magi: Insider Tip for Art FansMany a guest says of the impressive Chapel of the Medici that it is worth visiting Florence just for its sake. The colorful frescoes painted by Gozzoli show the path of the Magi, but also depict the princely family as part of the biblical story.
Exterior of Palazzo Medici Riccardi | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0
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Book a Guided Tour or Inform in AdvanceSince relatively little information about art is offered inside the Palazzo, it is advisable to book a guide or do your own research in advance if you are more interested.
Mirror Gallery by Luca Giordano | Wiki Commons: Sailko CC-BY 2.5

Palazzo Medici Riccardi: An Early Example of Renaissance Art and Architecture

The Many Attractions of Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Designed in the early Renaissance by Michelozzo around 1444, the building with its comparatively simple exterior façade boasts several areas that are well worth seeing.

Cortile di Michelozzo

The inner courtyard pretends symmetry through refined design, although in reality it is not symmetrical. In addition, the decoration of the stone interior walls and various statues catch the eye.

Giardino Mediceo

Paths paved with mosaics and citrus trees decorate thegarden of the palazzo, which, like the courtyard, was still created while the building belonged to the Medici.

Cappella dei Magi

On the second floor is the Chapel of the Magi, named for the representation of the Magi decorating the walls: here the Medici family, the patron, is also artfully incorporated in the colorful frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli.

Galleria di Luca Giordano (Mirror Gallery)

The ceiling fresco of the magnificent hall was designed by Luca Giordano, as well as the painted mirrors of the gallery. This room was created in the years 1682 to 1685 after the sale of the palazzo to the Riccardi family.

Museo dei Marmi (Marble Museum)

The collection of antique marble busts and statues, coming from the Riccardi's stock, can be visited here since 2005 and is part of the exhibition areas of Palazzo Medici Ricccardi.
Garden of Palazzo Medici Riccardi | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Guided Tours Through the Palazzo

To fully appreciate the significance and details of Michelozzo's palazzo, it's worth taking a guided tour. From the exterior façade to the courtyard and garden, from the Chapel of the Magi to the Gallery of Mirrors, expert guides will tell you all about the rise and fall of the mighty Medici and the early Renaissance building. On weekends at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm guided tours with a duration of about 50 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I plan for a visit to Palazzo Medici Riccardi?

If all exhibitions are to be visited, about 2-3 hours should be planned. If only the architectural part of the palace is visited, about 1 hour is enough, which also corresponds to the duration of the officially offered tours. Read more.

Is Palazzo Medici Riccardi accessible with a wheelchair?

While the museums in the Palazzo are completely barrier-free, the Chapel of the Magi is only partially accessible with wheelchairs. Here, for safety reasons, only a maximum of 6 people at a time are allowed for a period of 5 minutes. Read more.

General Information

Opening Hours:

The museum and palace are open from 9 am to 7 pm. The Palazzo Medici Riccardi is closed on Wednesdays.

Tickets:

Admission to the garden and courtyard is free. Tickets for the museum cost €7, or €4 for a reduced ticket. A combined ticket for the museum and the exhibitions cost €10 or €6 for reduced tickets. The reduced price applies to visitors under the age of 25 and university students. Entry is free for visitors under the age of 18 and disabled visitors and their companions.

COVID-19 Measures:

Reservation with time slot is mandatory at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Address:

Palazzo Medici Riccardi
Via Camillo Cavour, 3
50129 Florence

How to get there:

Santa Maria Novella train station is a 10-minute walk from the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. The museum is also served by bus numbers 14, 23, and C1, which stop at Via De’ Pucci. Cars cannot be driven inside the historical center of Florence, so if you intend to drive you will need to park outside the city center and walk.
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