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Basilica of San Lorenzo (Basilica di San Lorenzo) Tours

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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 Segway Tour

Florence Segway Tour

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Explore the heart of the Renaissance by Segway on this our of Florence. Led by a local guide, pass top attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and Piazza Santa Croce. Cover more ground than a walking tour as you hear the history behind this famous city from your guide. Headphones are provided so that you can hear the commentary more clearly as you glide through the streets.
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Florence Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Florence Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, but there’s so much to see, it’s hard to know where to start. This small-group walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time, checking off top attractions such as the Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, and Giotto's Bell Tower.
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All Florence and Hills guided city tour with Accademia and Uffizi skip the line

All Florence and Hills guided city tour with Accademia and Uffizi skip the line

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Discover the rich culture, history and architectural gems of Florence on a not to be missed full-day sightseeing tour. Led by a local guide, reach on a GT Bus the gorgeous Piazzale Michelangelo and the Etruscan town of Fiesole, the most beautiful panoramic spots overlooking the city. Skip the line at the famed Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, home of world-famous masterpieces as the Michelangelo’s David and the Birt of Venus by Botticelli. Then, explore the bustling Piazza della Signoria and the stunning Duomo complex. To upgrade your ticket, opt for an authentic Italian lunch at a local historic restaurant.
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Medici Palaces Private Tour

Medici Palaces Private Tour

The Medici Family, rulers of Tuscany for three centuries, changed history and shaped the city of Florence as we see it today. Following their footsteps with your licensed guide, decipher the legacy that this powerful family left to the city and visit the major residences of the Medici. From the modest Palazzo Medici-Richardi to the lavish Palazzo Pitti, unveil the rise and fall of this famous family. And inside the Pitti palace, experience the richest art collection of the Medici Family showing their role as the greatest patrons of the Renaissance.
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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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Florence Bike Tour with Gelato tasting

Florence Bike Tour with Gelato tasting

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Saddle up for a bike tour through the streets of Florence. Led by a local guide, pass top attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria and the iconic Ponte Vecchio. As you travel around the historic sites, learn interesting facts and anecdotes about this Renaissance city from your guide. Pull over to enjoy a complimentary coffee or gelato before finishing up your Florence biking excursion.
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Private Tour: Florence Walking Tour

Private Tour: Florence Walking Tour

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Stroll through the heart of the Renaissance on this private walking tour of Florence. Explore central squares like the Piazza della Signoria and Piazza del Duomo, and stroll with your guide over the iconic Ponte Vecchio while learning about the history and culture of the Florentines. Since your tour is private, it can be customized to your particular interests in architecture, art, sculpture and more.
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  • 3 hours
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Medici Chapels and San Lorenzo Basilica Private Tour

Medici Chapels and San Lorenzo Basilica Private Tour

Learn about the powerful Medici family on a private tour of the Medici Chapels at the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries, the ornate chapels feature some of Michelangelo's sculptures and first architectural works, along with the marble-lined Chapel of the Princes (Cappella dei Principi) and more.
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Florence Walk & Talk - On the Medici's Footsteps

Florence Walk & Talk - On the Medici's Footsteps

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Discover the history of the Renaissance city on this walking tour of Florence. Led by a guide, see the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, and the bustling Piazza della Signoria, and many more. Enjoy stories of the city and its characters, including famous artists and rulers.
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Discover Florence: Uffizi and Accademia Gallery with skip the line

Discover Florence: Uffizi and Accademia Gallery with skip the line

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Discover the Renaissance treasures of Florence on this combo walking tour of the medieval city’s most important museums and monuments. Begin with a guided visit to the acclaimed Accademia Gallery, where you can admire artistic icons like Michelangelo’s ‘David’ sculpture. Learn about the history of Florence and its most legendary structures and former citizens on a 1.5-hour city walking tour, before enjoying an up-close view of more artistic masterpieces at the world-famous Ufizzi Gallery, and after time for lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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Florence Night Segway Tour

Florence Night Segway Tour

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Glide around the beautiful streets of Florence on an evening tour by Segway. See the iconic Florence Duomo, the bustle of Piazza della Signoria, and the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of famous Italians such as Galileo and Michelangelo. Enjoy a stop before returning to your original departure point. Numbers are limited to eight on this tour to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour with Lunch

Small-Group Palazzo Vecchio Secret Passages Tour with Lunch

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Explore the hidden passageways of the Palazzo Vecchio on this small-group tour in Florence. Enjoy the opportunity to visit areas of the museum that have historically not been open to the general public, such as medieval stairways and narrow passageways behind hidden doors. Hear about the history of the building and its contents from your local guide. At the conclusion of the tour, head to an historic restaurant int the Medicean district for a traditional Florentine lunch.
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Florence Medici Mile Walking Tour along the path of Medici family Residences

Florence Medici Mile Walking Tour along the path of Medici family Residences

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Follow in the footsteps of the Medicis, Florence’s Renaissance-era rulers, on this walking tour. Stroll the route dubbed the ‘Medici Mile’ to see buildings and treasures funded and constructed by this wealthy family, who helped nurture the Italian Renaissance. Admire the Palazzo Medici Riccardi and Duomo, trace the exterior of the Vasari Corridor, and see the Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens, and other residences as you hear about the dynasty’s history, patronage, and power struggles.
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Florence Walking Guided Tour

Florence Walking Guided Tour

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Florence… the world’s most beautiful open-air museum. A town with an incredible history which dates back to 59 B.C. when the Romans decided to create a castrom, which became a camp for war veterans. The golden age of Florence begun in 13th century thanks to its incredibly successful industries in guilds, such as the wool and banking industries. In Florence money meant power therefore soon the clans of dominant families such as Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici began to fight amongst each other for power. A huge part of the competition involved arts as it was considered the masses social media of that time. This walking tour throughout the city is ideal for discovering the secrets and mysteries of Florence. Our English-speaking guide will walk with you through the millennial streets and squares while illustrating what makes Florence one of a kind. From the life of Dante to the rise and fall of the Medici family, this exclusive walking tour will take you through out the city’s history.
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 Medici between Art and Power-Walking Tour

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Medici between Art and Power-Walking Tour

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Learn the story of the powerful and influential Medici family, who helped shape Florence into the city it is today. A family of wool merchants and bankers, the Medicis rose to prominence in the 1500s and ruled Florence throughout the Renaissance. Visit Palazzo Medici, Pitti Palace, Ponte Vecchio, and other notable landmarks on a 2-hour walking tour.
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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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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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Renaissance Tales - Walking Tour

Renaissance Tales - Walking Tour

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FIRST time in Florence? Don’t you know where to start? Join our free walking tour! We’ll show you the main HIGHTLIGHTS of this beautiful city and make you travel into the RENAISSANCE times and intrigues of one of the most powerful families of history: the MEDICI. All in a funny and easy-going way. We’ll also give you all the tips to take the most of the city and ENJOY it to the fullest! “Cool! but who are you ?? ” If you wonder so, you're curious ... and we love that! We’re a group of local friends and also official tour guides of Florence, although we prefer to introduce us as STORYTELLERS! That’s why our name is Tour-TALE. We love make you travel throughout the past as you were in a tale. 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. 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?
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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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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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$3.70
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Florence and Pisa Private Tour from Livorno

Florence and Pisa Private Tour from Livorno

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Delve into the heart of beautiful Tuscany, and visit two of the region’s highlight cities, on this seamless shore excursion. Meet your guide at the Livorno Port, and travel via air-conditioned minivan to Florence. As this is a private tour, you’ll explore the city at your own pace: see the Duomo, browse its craft markets, admire the Piazza della Repubblica, and more. Your second stop is Pisa and its UNESCO-listed Piazza dei Miracoli, where you’ll encounter the world-famous Leaning Tower.
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Guided Walking Tour of Florence with Uffizi Gallery

Guided Walking Tour of Florence with Uffizi Gallery

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Get oriented with Florence and visit one of its top art museums on an introductory walking tour that includes entrance to the Uffizi Gallery. With a knowledgeable guide, explore the city on foot and learn about its long history, from Roman times onward. See major landmarks like the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, and then visit the Uffizi to admire art masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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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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San Lorenzo Market Food and Wine Tour in Florence

San Lorenzo Market Food and Wine Tour in Florence

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Dig into the delicious culinary history of the Tuscan capital with this 4-hour food and wine tour of Florence. Join a knowledgeable local guide for visits to 7 places to eat or drink in the historic center – trattorias, restaurants, pastry shops, gelaterias, wineries and more. Check out the food vendors in the bustling San Lorenzo Market. Take this tour on your first day in Florence so you can eat better for the rest of your stay. Come hungry!
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  • 4 hours
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$109.99
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