Basilica di San Lorenzo
Basilica di San Lorenzo
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Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing religious structure in the city.
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Neighbourhood: Florence Historic Center
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  • Alamanni-Stazione Santa Maria Novella • 9 min walk
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GFWanderer
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Although the Basilica dI San Lorenzo doesn't exactly draw one in from its outward appearance it is really fascinating both architecturally snd as a museum. When we first passed it I said, "It looks like the Alamo!" Michelangelo was commissioned to give the facade a facelift but the project was halted when the main patron died.

Inside though, it is definitely worth a look and there is also a museum attached that houses a small collection that reveals the Renaissance's emphasis on studying natural science. There is even an old cadaver that was used to study biology.

Under the chapel you can view the tombs of the Medici family. I was told by a local that there is another secret compartment where Michelangelo was in hiding during a bloody season when Pope Clement went on a killing spree. The walls are covered with Michelangelo's drawings but this portion of the building is not open to the public but rumor has it that if you know someone who knows someone, you might get in!

It is good to know that it is open on Mondays when most other museums are closed. There were no lines at all in December.
Written 22 January 2020
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,761 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
First off, I combined my visit to the Basilica with the library which I strongly recommend. This review will be based solely on the Basilica. This is one of the oldest churches in Florence, dating back to the late 4th century. The highlights are the tomb of Cosimo the Elder, the impressive inlaid stone high altar, the Old Sacristy with a night sky view from 1442 forever immortalized in a gold and lapis lazuli covered dome and Donatello’s pulpits. The entrance fee is 7 euros. A free pamphlet with schematics is very useful.
Written 19 February 2020
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BaruchBarryPinnick
Ma'ale Adumim, Israel217 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
My main problem with this impressive site is the price - there are separate admission fees to both the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Medici Chapel which are in fact a single structure. And having to pay to use the toilets once you're inside does not make a good impression. (There's yet a third admission fee to see the Laurentian Library component of this compound, which we did not visit.) Lose a star for all this.
But the basilica is a beautiful structure. Unlike nearly all churches that I've seen in Italy, this one is brightly lit internally by natural light. Its architecture, by the Renaissance architect Brunelleschi, is superb, and worth a visit for that alone. And works of art by Michelangelo, Donatello and other Renaissance stars just add to the experience.
Written 14 October 2022
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Greco1979
Farnborough, UK777 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
If you are obsessed with Medici family and you love the Renaissance mathematical balance you must visit this unique church. The is a small entrance fee. The church is quiet and easy to contemplate it’s beauty. You will get a small leaflet which helps you to follow all the parts of the building. The most striking is the ceiling and the domes.
Written 18 January 2021
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Scott B
Wantagh, NY685 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This is large, but there are so many better churches to see inside. The pamphlet sums it up, a few small things to try and justify the entrance. It is a more modern looking interior.

I agree with others that the outside is nothing to be desired, but I also think the inside isn't that spectacular either. The 7 euro price tag was a bit high for what this one has to offer versus others which are much more elaborate, have better murals, etc. The dome with the windows up at the top was unique.

Nothing I would pay to see again.
Written 7 September 2021
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,723 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
The tickets were readily available in December and I did the right thing to go without pre-booking - you have to buy two separate tickets - one for the Basilica San Lorenzo and another one for the Cappella di Medici (the latter is a true gem of the San Lorenzo complex).

I was almost alone in the solemn church and enjoyed the tranquil beauty of the Basilica di San Lorenzo’s cloisters with lovely orange trees. The crypt is also included in the ticket and this is where Cosimo de’Medici’s modest tomb is. The bronze and marble tomb of Giovanni and Piero de Medici designed by Andrea del Verrocchio are in the Sagrestia Vecchia of the Basilica. And the last works of Donatello, his two pulpits, dedicated to Christ’s Passion and to the Resurrection are also there.
Written 6 April 2023
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Myra M
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Forget the church and go straight to the Medici Chapel with all the famous and ornate Medici family tombs. Worth every penny of admission. If you like church interiors with lots of colored marble and gold embellishment throughout, you will not be disappointed. Even the floors are breathtaking. Also, don't miss the room filled with super-ornate relequaries behind glass cases. We spent at least 40 minutes studying all the details worked into each piece. They charge another admission for this area, but how often do you get to Florence to see Italian masterpieces?
Written 23 July 2023
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,616 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
The church has a very simple, unattractive facade and it’s interior is just average. However it is historic and rumored to be the oldest church in Florence and the parish church of the Medicis. Cosimo is buried there. There are some works by very famous artists including Donatello (pulpits, choir loft and sculptures) Brunelleschi’s Sacristy, and works by Bronzino, Lippi, Verrocchio et al. There is also a garden and cloisters attached. Admission is Euros 9. Quite high. Pls note that the marvelous Medici Chapel is another separate building albeit attached with another admission fee. The latter is preferred!
Written 14 July 2023
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JRMADA
United States3,331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We wanted to visit since discovering that this was the church of the Medici’s. It is an impressive structure and the exterior does no justice to the interior. The facade was never finished hence the rough look. Donatello is buried here, and I believe Cosimo the Elder (under the altar). The cloisters are lovely and the crypts have a bit of history to show. Toilets are available for €1.00 which surprised me being that we had already paid €18.00 to visit. The staff is very friendly and helpful. An app with an audio guide is available, so bring your headphones with you.
Written 19 October 2022
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Sean Wick
Ireland69 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Couples
I prefer Florence to Rome but they charge too much to see the churches which are better in Rome. If you have seen the churches in Rome then you can give this one a miss when you get to Florence. €12 entry fee each for a fairly bare church other than the painting on the dome.
Museum underneath is nice and has some precious artifacts but nothing I havnt seen. Signs at the door made me think I'd get into the crypts but they are not open. I'd skip it and spend the money on a nice drink. If it was a bit cheaper then it would be better
Written 21 July 2022
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