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The Medici Chapels in Florence are part of the Basilica di San Lorenzo complex. While the New Sacristy in design and architecture is the work of Michelangelo Buonarroti, the Princely Chapel was designed by Bernardo Buontalenti and built by Matteo Nigetti. The Tombs of the Medici are among the most important sights in Florence and it is worth buying tickets and guided tours in advance online in order to not have to queue for a long time.
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Florence: Reserved Entrance Ticket to the Medici Chapel
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Medici Chapels: Skip The Line Ticket
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Skip the Line Tickets : Medici Chapel
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Learn more about the background of the monumental buildings and their art during a guided tour.
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Medici Chapels Private Tour
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Florence: 1.5-Hour Medici Chapel Private Tour
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MEDICI CHAPELS Private Tour in Florence
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2 tips for visiting the Medici Chapel

Sculptures by Michelangelo in the Medici chapels | Flickr: Brendan Campbell CC BY-SA 2.0
Save with the FirenzecardThe Firenzecard, valid for 72 hours, includes admission to many cultural attractions in Florence and is particularly interesting for families: children under 18 can enter museums for free with a parent who holds a Firenzecard.
Exterior facade of the complex | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Get more background informationWritten guides can be purchased at the entrance in the museum store - but open questions can be addressed even better during a guided tour by competent guides.

The Medici - The Most Powerful Dynasty of the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Starting as a patrician family profiting from the fabric trade in the 13th century, the Medici rose higher and higher, eventually providing 3 popes, the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and other rulers in Italy, Austria and France.
Sagrestia Nuova - New sacristy | Flickr: TheMarcusChance CC BY-SA 2.0

Monuments of a Ruling Family

Pope Leo X (actually Giovanni de' Medici) ordered the construction of the New Sacristy in 1520 as a monumental burial place for his deceased relatives - today the building can be visited in the complex of the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence and offers some impressive art treasures.

In the New Sacristy there are some sculptures made by Michelangelo to allegorically symbolize the different times of the day and many other works of art such as the unfinished Madonna and Child. The Medici mausoleum has been restored for over 10 years using the latest technology until 2021 and will continue to be preserved for posterity.
Cappella dei Principi - Princes' Chapel | Flickr: virtusincertus CC BY 2.0

To accommodate the tombs of other members of the powerful Medici family, such as Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, the Princely Chapel was built in the 17th century. The star architects of the time, Matteo Nigetti and Bernardo Buontalenti, were the executors here. The octagonal vault is decorated with frescoes of biblical scenes added by Benvenuti in 1828.

Basilica di San Lorenzo

The basilica and the old sacristy of the church were designed by another Florentine legend: Filippo Brunelleschi. It is considered an absolute milestone in Renaissance architecture and, like the rest of the complex, is worth a visit.

Tickets & Tours

It is worth buying tickets online in advance to avoid having to stand in line. However, guided tours are also offered, where art lovers and newcomers alike get their money's worth.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I plan to spend visiting the Medici Chapels?

You should allow about an hour to an hour and a half for a visit to the Medici chapels - it usually doesn't take much longer. Read more.

With what nearby attractions can you combine a visit to the Medici Chapels?

The Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio offers itself as another destination for the day. In this ancient palace, the Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred) is considered the main attraction. The Uffizi Gallery is also nearby. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The Medici Chapels are open daily from 8:15 am to 1:50 pm. The ticket office closes early at 1:20 pm. The sight is closed on the second and fourth Sunday and on the first, third and fifth Monday of each month, and also on New Year's Day, May 1st and Christmas Day.


Medici Chapels
Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6
50123 Firenze FI


The entrance fee for adults is 9 €. EU citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 can enjoy the reduced price of €2. Admission is free on selected holidays, such as the Italian National Day (June 2). The city pass Firenzecard already includes admission to the Medici Chapels.

how to get there

The Basilica di San Lorenzo is within walking distance between the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella and the Cathedral. Here is also the bus stop Pucci Duomo, served by lines 14 and 23.
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