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Medici Family Sites in Florence

Medici Family Sites in Florence

The Medici family's powerful presence as rulers of Florence during the Renaissance stemmed from their wealth and influence, which shaped politics and art in the city and beyond. Here's how to best experience the legacy left behind by the Medicis.

Palazzo Vecchio

This extravagant palace is the former estate of the Medici family. Tours explain the history and significance of the dynasty that ruled Florence for three centuries.

How to Visit

The Palazzo can be viewed on both small-group and private tours, or as part of a Florence city walking tour.

Uffizi Gallery

As the finest collection of Florentine art and one of the most important museums in the world, Uffizi Gallery is a must-see site in Florence. The Medici family oversaw its construction in the 16th century.

How to Visit

Tours range from about one to three hours in length, with a variety of group size options. Due to the museum's popularity, it's recommended that you choose a tour with skip-the-line privileges.

Pitti Palace & Boboli Gardens

Another former home of the Medicis, Pitti Palace now holds an important collection of Renaissance art and hosts an extensive green space in the Boboli Gardens.

How to Visit

Choose a tour that combines the palace and the gardens, or opt for a palace-only tour for an in-depth look at the Pitti Palace's Palatine Gallery.

Medici Riccardi Palace

Designed by Michelozzo for the Medicis, this palace was later sold to the Riccardi family before being obtained by the Italian state to form a large part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center of Florence.

How to Visit

A visit to the palace is included in Renaissance-focused walking tours of Florence.

Basilica of San Lorenzo

Aside from its ties to Michelangelo, this massive church is also known as the final resting place of the Medici family. Their tombs are marked by sculptures from Michelangelo himself.

How to Visit

The Basilica is a stop on most Florence walking tours. Long lines are common, so consider a skip-the-line option to bypass the crowds.

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Best of Florence & David by Michelangelo Semi Private Tour Half-day Tours

Best of Florence & David by Michelangelo Semi Private Tour

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Skip the crowds and see the best of Florence on a guided walking tour with priority admission to the Accademia Gallery. Led by an expert guide, explore the architectural gems of the Renaissance city while learning about important Florentine figures, such as the poet Dante Alighieri and the Medici family. Afterward, skip the long lines at the Accademia and head straight inside to witness Michelangelo’s ‘David’, as well as other impressive works of art. This tour is limited to 14 people to keep the experience intimate.
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Skip-the-Line Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

Skip-the-Line Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery Walking Tour

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Get an up-close look at works from Titian, Raphael and Rubens on this tour of Florence’s Palatine Gallery. Located inside the Pitti Palace, former home of the Medici rulers, you’ll skip the main entrance lines with your guide and head straight inside. Explore the elaborate interior of the gallery and the impressive paintings on display as you learn about how the Medici family came to amass their private collection. To ensure an intimate experience, numbers are limited to 15 on this small-group tour.
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Renaissance and Medieval Florence Walking TourWalking Tours

Renaissance and Medieval Florence Walking Tour

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Explore the rich history and top attractions of Florence on a guided walking tour. Led by a local guide, hear about the rule of the influential Medici family during the Renaissance as you stroll through the neighborhood of San Lorenzo. Travel past the Medici Chapels, admire the iconic exterior of the Duomo, follow from the outside the entire path of the famous Vasari Corridor and see the historic Ponte Vecchio bridge, now host to a hub of jewelry shops.
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Semi Private Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour with Skip-the-LineCultural Tours

Semi Private Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

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Avoid the long lines at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence with this skip-the-line ticket and guided tour. Led by an expert art guide, you’ll head straight inside upon your arrival and discover the masterpieces of this expansive museum. See da Vinci’s ‘Annunciation’, Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus,’ and Michelangelo’s ‘Doni Tondo’ as your guide discusses their history and varying interpretations. Visit the rooftop terrace for a picturesque city view before concluding your tour.
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Skip the Line: Small group Uffizi Masterclass by an Art Expert Half-day Tours

Skip the Line: Small group Uffizi Masterclass by an Art Expert

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Immerse yourself in famous Florentine art with a skip-the-line tour of the Uffizi Gallery and an external tour of the Vasari Corridor, a once-secret passageway used by the Medici family. See masterpieces from Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Botticelli, and more as you follow your art expert guide through one of the world's most renowned museums.
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Skip the Line: Medici Chapels TicketAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: Medici Chapels Ticket

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Get fast track access to the Medici Chapels in Florence with this skip-the-line entrance ticket. Breeze past the long lines and enjoy direct entry to this chapel, commissioned by the Medici family and constructed in the 16th century. Marvel at the allegorical sculptures by Michelangelo that decorate the two Medici tombs and the opulent decoration of the chapel's interior. This self-guided tour is flexible; you can explore at your own pace.
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Florence Photography Walking Tour: Palaces, Palazzos and BridgesHalf-day Tours

Florence Photography Walking Tour: Palaces, Palazzos and Bridges

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Learn how to capture the stunning Florence scenery like a master on this 3-hour private photography tour. Explore the iconic Ponte Vecchio along the Arno River, the Piazza della Signoria and other scenic monuments as your private guide provides professional tips on how to capture the world around you on camera. Choose between two tour options, one that takes you through the Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti, or a route that shows you Florence’s true Renaissance gems.
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