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Cappelle Medicee, Florence

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An array of statues hewn by Michelangelo and his pupils adorn Cappelle Medicee, two ornate chapels built in honor of the Medici family and others who served as the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. Michelangelo's Sagrestia Nuevo contains the ornate marble tombs of Giuliano and Lorenzo de Medici. The walls of the octagonal Cappella dei Principi--a 17th-century collaboration between the Medicis and several architects--are infused with inlays of semi-precious stonework. The project's massive scope required the construction of a special stone workshop, the Opifio delle Pietre Dure. The chapels draw many visitors, so consider skipping the lines by buying tickets online. Add Cappelle Medicee to your Florence travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Florence trip builder website.
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  • The museum is interesting to see, but for us, the chapel was the real highlight of our visit. It’s absolutely beautiful. It seems like this venue is less popular, but we believe it’s definitely worth....  more
    The museum is interesting to see, but for us, the chapel was the real highlight of our visit. It’s absolutely beautiful. It seems like this venue is less popular, but we believe it’s definitely worth....  more »
  • Visited the Medici Chapel/ Chapel of the Princes on a dreary Friday. Ordered the tickets online, few visitors. The visit starts with a small museum housing an array of reliquaries with various... 
    Visited the Medici Chapel/ Chapel of the Princes on a dreary Friday. Ordered the tickets online, few visitors. The visit starts with a small museum housing an array of reliquaries with various...  more »
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  • A hidden gem in Florence. If you combine it with the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, you will understand the complexity of the Medici family and their religiousness. The Chapel is the epitome of their power and their piety. Serving as it’s private chapel and mausoleum behind Saint Lawrence main altar, it is imposing and makes you feel little below its majesty. Don’t forget to visit the New Sacristy, easily skippable if you don’t know it exists. Designed by Michelangelo, it contains the grave of Lorenzo di Medici below grandiose sculptures by the Florentine master. The Italian guards at the entrance are rude, so be patient. It is understandable after flocks of rude tourists.
  • The chapel is beautiful. There are a number of frescoes. There are a number of marble statues. The chapel is opened 8:15-13:50 pm Saturday, Sunday, Monday and 13:15 pm- 18:50pm Wednesday to Friday. The chapel is closed on Tuesday. It costs $9 to enter. Even though it is worth visiting it is expensive.

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