Learn the history of the Medici Family, whose wealth and power dominated the political, social and religious life of Florence for over 400 years. See the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, the work of Michelangelo in the Church of San Lorenzo, and more.
What to Expect
The complex and dramatic story of the Medici family is linked to the history of Florence itself. Learn about the rise to power and legacy of the Medicis on this informative walking tour.
Rising to power in the late 14th century, the Medici dominated the political, social and religious scenes for the following 400 years. The visual confirmation of their importance is everywhere- their imposing family palaces, ornate churches and their unmistakable family symbol, the Medici palle.
Your tour will begin with a visit to the church of San Marco, which was the family church of the Medici during their early history. This quiet sanctuary will provide a pleasant backdrop for laying the groundwork of the Medici family history, especially their massive patronage to the arts.
The next stop is the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, designed by Michelozzo (who also redesigned the convent of San Marco for the Dominicans), and the seat of Medici power in Florence for over a century. A special visit will be made to the Chapel of the Magi, decorated by Benozzo Gozzoli, which is a masterpiece of Renaissance fresco.
Finally, you will visit the unfinished church of San Lorenzo, which was intended to be sole dominion of the Medici family at the end of their power. Examine the work of Michelangelo, in the family chapel he created, which includes the tombs of Lorenzo il Magnifico and brother Giuliano, and discuss the Medici's art patronage, most notably personified in the figure of the great sculptor.
Throughout the walk, explore themes such as the relationship between power and art, the political upheavals that gave birth to the artistic revolutions of the Renaissance, and the humanistic impulse of one of the most intriguing families in history.
- Expert guide
- Tickets to Medici Chapels (must be purchased at check-out for private tour, included in standard tour)
What's Not Included
- Tickets to the other sites on the itinerary. These may include the convent of San Marco (€3), Palazzo Medici (EUR 7), and San Lorenzo (€2.50)
Know Before You Go
Private Tour Option:
Please note that a ticket to the Medici Chapel must be purchased at check out for every passenger on this tour. If you do not purchase the chapel entrance you will not be able to participate in this tour and no refund will be provided.
Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late, please contact the tour provider. No-shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling the U.S. 800 number may not be honored.