Architecture, power and patronage in 'quattrocento' Florence
The focus of this tour is as much on the first Medici to rule Florence as it is on the city itself, and on the Renaissance, with which this family's name is so often associated. The context is one of unprecedented development in style but also a change in mentality. In the course of our 3. 5 hour walk, we will see this evolution, starting with the architecture of a monastery and of a palazzo, as well as the painting and sculpture in the church of San Lorenzo and, lastly, in the Medici Chapels with the New Sacristy, one of Michelangelo's greatest masterpieces.
WARNING: maddeningly, the various venues all have different opening hours and days. For this reason I have devised the tour to make everything fit. I will endeavour to keep you informed in advance of your trip if, for some reason or other, a venue is going to be closed on the day of your tour.
The tour begins in Piazza San Marco, to see the Convent and Museum of San Marco, with its 43 chambers, each with its own fresco decoration by Fra Angelico.
Pallazzo Medici Riccardi
Piazza San Lorenzo
Chiesa di San Lorenzo (the complex comprises the cloister, the crypt, the Medicean Laurenzian Library and then the church itself with the Old Sacristy).
Cappelle Medicee (with the Mausoleum of the Medici and the famous New Sacristy)
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: Meeting point is in San Marco square, at the entrance to the San Marco Museum
Duration: 3 hours 30 min.
This is a walking tour and no other transportation is required.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 Euro - Most museums, shops and restaurants accept credit card payment, but not all. Better to be on the safe side.
- Personal Expenses