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During the Italian Renaissance, the Medici family—famous for their wealth as bankers—held tremendous political sway and displayed a keen devotion towards art. 

Their encouragement and sponsorship of brilliant minds like Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci sparked an artistic revolution that shaped art and culture. 

This heritage is demonstrated by the Medici Chapel in the Basilica of San Lorenzo. 

Lorenzo de’ Medici wanted to build a mausoleum befitting his distinguished family, one of the most influential in history.

In a visual symphony that honors the Medicis’ unyielding contribution to the heritage of Florence, intricate details and superb sculptures are given life in Michelangelo’s magnificent design. 

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for the Medici Chapel tour.

What to expect at Medici Chapel

Visit the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the church complex dedicated to Saint Lawrence, where the Medici Chapel is located.

San Lorenzo finds its origins in Roman times but rose to prominence and experienced dramatic alterations during the Renaissance through the patronage of Medicis. 

The family’s head, Cosimo de’ Medici, started a project to renovate the church in the 15th century and hired renowned architect Filippo Brunelleschi to create a dazzling new façade.

Learn about the riveting history of Medicis and the iconic chapel from expert guides who will lead your tour.

The daunting task of planning and building a tomb that would serve as the final resting place for members of the Medici dynasty was given to Michelangelo by Pope Clement VII, a member of the Medici family.

Enter the Medici family’s grand, octagonal chapel and witness the heavenly imagination and talent of Michaelangelo.

The domed chapel interior will make you realize why the reverence for Michaelangelo echoes undiminished across centuries. 

Admire the exquisite ornamentation inside the chapel, so extravagant, intricate, and overwhelming that it seems like a product of otherworldly magic. 

Observe the exquisite employment of the Commesso Fiorentino technique, where semi-precious stones and marbles are meticulously put together to form mosaics of intricate patterns. 

Immerse yourself deeper into the genius of Michaelangelo by entering the New Sacristy, housing sculptures such as allegorical figures of “Night” and “Day” that represent the passage of time.

Its blend of architecture and sculpture, created for the tombs of Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici, is regarded as one of the greatest works of the Italian Renaissance.

Envelope your imagination in tales and mysteries of one of the most illustrious banking families of the Renaissance.

Your licensed guide will bring poisonings, betrayals, illegitimate offspring, rivalries, envy, and folklore to life.

Ticket Ticket Cost
Reserved Entrance Ticket to the Medici Chapel €15
Mysteries of the Medici Guided Walking Tour €49
Medici Chapels Guided Tour €50

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Where to book tickets

Medici Chapel Tickets are available online and on the premises of the San Lorenzo Basilica complex. 

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Go to the Medici Chapel Tickets online portal, select the date, the time slot for your visit, and the number of tickets, and book immediately.

Once you complete the bookings, tickets will be mailed to you.

You do not need to carry printouts.

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone and walk in.

If you are supposed to assemble at a starting point for your guided tour, the details will be sent to you. 

Please carry a valid ID.

Medici Chapel ticket price

Medici Chapels Guided Tour tickets are priced at €50 for adults aged 12 and above.

Children between five and 11 can gain access at €30.

Infants under four are not charged anything. 

Tickets for Reserved Entrance to the Medici Chapel are priced at €15 for all adults above 25 years.

Youths between 18 and 24 years can gain access at €7.

Children under 18 are charged €4.

For Mysteries of the Medici Guided Walking Tour, an adult ticket for all ages above 18 costs €35.

Children between seven and 17 can gain access at €19.

Infants under seven are not charged anything. 

Medici Chapel tickets

The Medici Chapel Tours offer a range of options for you to pick from, according to your interests and your budget:

Reserved Entrance Ticket to the Medici Chapel

Reserved Entrance Ticket to the Medici Chapel
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This is the cheapest and most popular way to visit the Medici Chapel.

The tickets will give you access to the Medici Chapel Museum in the Basilica San Lorenzo.

It will be a self-guided tour, but you can opt for an audio guide at an additional fee.

You will skip the line at the ticketing booths but might have to queue up for security checks at the entrance. 

An added perk will be a 10% discount at the Hard Rock Shop and Restaurant at Via dei Brunelleschi, 1 (Piazza della Repubblica.) 

Limited edition items, charity items, and alcoholic beverages will be excluded from the discount at Hard Rock Cafe. 

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (25+ years): €15
Youth Ticket (18 to 24 years): €7
Child Ticket (up to 17 years): €4

Mysteries of the Medici Guided Walking Tour tickets

Medici Guided Walking Tour tickets
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This tour is the most popular way to get a sense of the history and contribution of the Medicis by tracing their steps.

You can take a 90-minute guided walking tour across the streets of Florence and see attractions and monuments significant to the lore of the Medicis.

Depending on your budget, You can add Medici Chapel to the walking tour and specify if you want to go inside the chapel.

You can also opt for a private tour for a more hands-on, personal guide experience and priority entrance.  

You won’t have to stand in ticketing queues but might have to line up for security checks.

Opting for the private tours ensures you skip all lines. 

Ticket Prices

Medici Walking Tour Of Florence
Adult Ticket (19+ years): €35
Child Ticket (7 to 18 years): €19
Infant Ticket (up to 6 years): Free

Shared Tour without Medici Chapel Admission
Adult Ticket (19+ years): €49
Child Ticket (7 to 18 years): €39
Infant Ticket (up to 6 years): Free

Shared Tour with Medici Chapel Admission
Adult Ticket (19+ years): €79
Child Ticket (7 to 18 years): €49
Infant Ticket (up to 6 years): Free
Private Medici Walking Tour: €75

Florence Medici Chapels Guided Tour tickets

Florence Medici Chapels Guided Tour tickets
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With tickets to this tour, you get skip-the-line access to the Medici Chapel.

This ticket allows you to dive deep into the Chapel and Medici history aided by a live bilingual guide.

You will visit the Chapel of the Princes and the Chapel of the New Sacristy, among other attractions.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (12+ years): €50
Child Ticket (5 to 12 years): €30
Infant Ticket (up to 4 years): Free 

Combo tickets

Florence is teeming with iconic attractions, and quite a few are near Medici Chapel, all within 30 minutes by car.

Combo tickets can help you visit them all by booking once and at a much-discounted rate! 

You can buy Medici Chapel tickets in combination with tickets for Brunelleschi’s Dome, Leonardo Interactive Museum, Palazzo Vecchio, HZERO Museum, and Uffizi Gallery.

Combo tickets offer great discounts, making them worth every penny.

Medici Chapels + Brunelleschi’s Dome tickets

Medici Chapels + Brunelleschi's Dome tickets
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Distance: 500 meters (7.2 miles)

Time Taken: 2 minutes by car

Make your trip to the Medici Chapel in Florence even more memorable by combining it with a visit to the Brunelleschi’s Dome at a highly discounted price!

Brunelleschi’s Dome is one of the world’s foremost historical and architectural marvels, and it is part of the Santa Maria Del Fiore Church Complex, close to Palazzo Vecchio.

The Santa Maria Del Fiore and the Palazzo Vecchio share the same original architect, Arnolfo Cambio!

The combo tickets reserved entrance to the Brunelleschi’s Dome Entrance, a ticket to Giotto’s Bell Tower, Opera del Duomo Museum and Santa Reparata (valid for 72 hours), the Baptistry, and the Florence Cathedral (free entrance).

Combined with the Medici Chapel, this combo ticket deeply delves into the Florentine history of faith, art, and political intrigue.

Ticket Cost: €60

Medici Chapels + Leonardo Interactive Museum® tickets

Medici Chapels & Leonardo Interactive Museum tickets
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Distance: 1.3 km (7.2 miles)

Time Taken: 8 minutes by car

Combine your trip to the Medici Chapel with a visit to the shrine of one of the greatest minds who ever lived: Leonardo Da Vinci.

Leonardo Interactive Museum has interactive exhibits and displays that let visitors interact with the scientific ideas, artwork, and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci through multimedia presentations, touch displays, and hands-on activities.

Working replicas of several of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions, such as machinery, gadgets, and engineering ideas, as well as digital reproduction of his many masterpieces, can be found here.

Apart from the Medici Chapel, you can access all Leonardo Interactive Exhibits in six languages!

Ticket Cost: €25

Medici Chapels + Palazzo Vecchio tickets

Medici Chapels & Palazzo Vecchio tickets
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Distance: 1.6 km (1 mile)

Time Taken: 7 minutes by car

Make your trip a deep dive into Florentine History by combining your journey to the Medici Chapel with a visit to the Palazzo Vecchio. 

Palazzo Vecchio was the historical Government headquarters for centuries and the Medici Residence before they shifted to Pitti Palace.

It is one of Florence’s most important cultural and architectural symbols, and its imposing facade, tower, and museum have fascinating stories to tell. 

Combining the tour of Medici Chapel gives you access to some breathtaking monuments and inducts you into the detailed historical tales and lore of Florentine politics, power, and history.

HZERO Museum: Trains + Medici Chapels tickets

HZERO Museum Trains
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Distance: 2.5 km (7.2 miles) 

Time Taken: 11 minutes by car 

Bolster your historical journey by combining your trip to the Medici Chapel with a visit to the unique HZERO Museum at a highly discounted price.

Explore one of Europe’s biggest miniature train museums, a quirky and informative inlet world of railroads and their enterprises brought alive using meticulous models, historical accounts, records, and archives.

The 280 square-meter circuit, which focuses on the 1950s and 1960s, includes first-hand testimonials and a valuable selection of historical newsreels from the Fondazione FS Italiane’s archives.

With this combo ticket, you will get guided, fast-track access to the Medici Chapel and a priority entrance to the HZERO Museum. 

Skip-The-Line Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Tickets
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Distance: 1.8 km (7.2 miles)

Time Taken: 8 minutes by car

Immerse yourself in European art history by combining your trip to Medici Chapel Florence with a visit to the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery at a highly discounted price.

The art institution has one of the largest Renaissance art collections in the world, with masterpieces from Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and the Baroque Master Caravaggio, to whom no less than eight rooms are dedicated.

With this combo ticket, you will get guided, fast-track access to the Florence Cathedral of Saint Mary and a priority entrance to the Uffizi Gallery.

Ticket Cost: €81

Save time and money! Buy the Florence Card, the key to exploring the city’s top attractions. Visit the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery and get skip-the-line access to Brunelleschi’s Dome. The pass also includes a downloadable audio guide app. 

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How to reach Medici Chapel

The Medici Chapel is located in Central Florence and is a part of the Basilica di San Lorenzo.

Address: Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy. Get Directions. 

You can reach Medici Chapel by public or private transportation.

By Bus 

Olio bus station is a 3-minute walk from the Chapel.

Studio bus station, Stazione Via Panzani bus station, and Santa Maria Maggiore bus station are a 4-minute walk away.

Stazione Piazza Adua bus station is a 7-minute walk from the attraction. 

Stazione Nazionale bus station is a 5-minute walk away.

By Train

Fortezza light rail station is a 6-minute walk away.

Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station is an 8-minute walk from the Chapel. 

By Car

Put your starting point here to navigate to the Medici Chapel.

A number of parking spots are available in the vicinity.

Opening hours of Medici Chapel

The Medici Chapel is open to visitors from 8.15 am to 2 pm from Monday to Sunday.

The Chapel is closed on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month.

The Chapel is also inaccessible to the general public on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday of the month, in addition to Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The ticket office closes at 1.20 pm.

How long does the tour take

Medici Chapel
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The tour of the Medici Chapel takes around 90 minutes to complete. 

There are several attractions besides the Medici Chapel in the monastic complex that the Chapel is a part of.

Tourists often go on to tour the other attractions after they finish the Chapel tour, so it is wise to budget your time for the whole complex, and 90 minutes is usually enough. 

Best time to visit Medici Chapel

The best time to visit the Medici Chapel is when it opens at 8.15 pm.

The frescoes, the history, and the air of faith need to be contemplated upon and absorbed, away from the rush of the crowd, and there is no better time than the morning to do that. 

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FAQs about Medici Chapel

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the Medici Chapel:

Is the Medici Chapel part of a bigger complex?

Yes, the Medici Chapel is part of a larger monastic complex that contains the Basilica of San Lorenzo Church, Old Sacristy, New Sacristy, the Laurentian Library, and Capella Dei Principi.

Who designed the Medici Chapel?

Michelangelo Buonarroti, a well-known Italian architect and sculptor, created the Medici Chapel. 

Both the Chapel’s architecture and many of its sculptures are the work of Michelangelo.

Where can I book tickets to the Medici Chapel?

Tourists can buy tickets for the Medici Chapel online or at the venue, on the day of their visit. For the best experience we suggest you book your tickets online, in advance.

Does the Medici Chapel have any entry requirements?

Visitors must respect the site’s religious and historical significance, adhere to suitable clothing requirements, and refrain from touching the artwork and sculptures. 

Is the Medici Chapel disability friendly?

The Medici Chapel and the Basilica of San Lorenzo have tried to improve accessibility for disabled people by building wheelchair ramps and other accommodations. Still, it is an ancient structure, and not all areas might be accessible to people with disabilities despite the authorities’ best efforts.

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