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“Disapointed with collection”
Review of Cappelle Medicee

Cappelle Medicee
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Owner description: Opulently decorated in marble, gold and jewels, these chapels are a celebration of one of Italy's most famous and powerful families - the Medicis.
Reviewed 26 August 2011

This was probably one of the biggest disappointments on our trip. After being truly excited to view Michelangelo's statues, we realized that was really all there was to see in here. The room was crazy crowded as well. Don't know if its worth the 6 Euro entrance fee, and especially no need to book reservations online for an extra 3 Euro. Don't want to say "don't go here" just need to have the proper expectations.

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Reviewed 19 October 2010

Due to renovation work being done in the Princes Chapel this visit was hugely disappointing! Most of the room could not be seen. It was definitely not worth the price of admission. I would not recommend a visit until you can see the room in it's entirety.

3  Thank RCTravelHounds
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Reviewed 7 February 2008

Just returned from a visit in Florence. We went to see the Capella Medicee with the very elaborate chapel of princes and the very renaissance chapel of Michelangelo which contained the tomb of Lorenzo the Magnificient and his brother and nephew. We were sad that the Laurentian Library was closed and we did not see any sign about it. There weren't very good directions or informational things given out. We walked around to the cloister and thought the woman directed us to the crypt underneath to the left of the chapel, we we thought we had seen. Then a sign in the front told us that this was a different crypt, so we went back to go in and the woman marched up to us and in a surly tone of voice told us that she just told us that the library was closed, when in fact it appeared she was directing us to a different door that we could have gone in if we wanted. Then she directed us out of the cloister and told us we could pay another admission to see the church if we wanted. I have to say it was upsetting to be treated like a trespasser when we paid our admission of about 8 euros each and were given 2 tickets, but it turns out that one ticket is for the reliquaries before the chapel of princes. I understand that it can be difficult to deal with the public, but it seems that the money of tourists are what help to keep up these massively expensive monuments, so were not the blight that sometimes we are treated like. I have to say that I was very upset.

5  Thank Pennystinker1
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Reviewed 9 December 2007

Beautiful space. Toured in November, 2007. As others have pointed out, the main floor or basement has some items on display but you're there to see Michelangelo's work. Head upstairs for that.

The area upstairs is amazing. Yes, it is a little dark because there's not much for lighting but the marble cut floor and beautiful colors still cannot be missed. Wonderful greens, browns and blues. Tall, multi-story structure. Incredible detail. It's way over the top as compared to the simple features of the San Lorenzo Church and was meant to show the Medici wealth (which it does). The tombs designed by Michelangelo are works of art as well and not very well known. The sculptures are so life like and if only the walls could talk!

Entry cost is 2.5 euros and photos are not allowed inside. The Cappelle has a separate entry from the San Lorenzo Church and also different hours so be sure to check ahead so you can see them both.

4  Thank capsfan2002
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Reviewed 31 March 2007

Our trip to Italy was the first half in October 2006 and we went to see this special place on the one day of our trip that it rained and was very overcast. Going to see something indoors on a day that rained seemed like a great idea but it turned out to be a very big mistake. In the most important room there are only a few very small windows way above the floor and there were only a few lights on while we were there. We had no idea that it would be so dark and almost impossible to really take in. We could tell that it was something very special to see but unless you have bright sun light come in those little windows way above you expect to be disappointed by how little you can see.

The other thing you need to know about this and many of these wonderful, old places is that many of them are being rebuilt. On our visit a good portion was under construction which really took away from the experience as well. Think of going to see a great work of art in a room that is very dark and much of it is covered up while it is being redone. I think It is great that they are being restored but I also think it is nice to know before you pay to go in that much of what you wanted to see can't be seen. We were glad we went but also disappointed.

Let me end by saying that if you go to Florence this is something most people would really want to see but go on a sunny day and you may want to know how much of it is under construction.

3  Thank colormeelmo
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