Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Church of San Lorenzo, Old and New Sacristies. Medici Chapels Laurentian Library. Complete history of the Medici family
THE MEDICI’S SUBLIME ALCHEMY: GOLD TURNED INTO BEAUTY
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THE MEDICI’S SUBLIME ALCHEMY – GOLD TURNED INTO BEAUTY
Highlights of this tour:
- Palazzo Medici Riccardi
- Church of San Lorenzo,
- Old and New Sacristies
- Medici Chapels
- Laurentian Library
- With a complete historical background
Florence would not be the city it is today without the Medici family.
Our tour will begin at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, continue into the Church of San Lorenzo, the Old and New Sacristies, the Medici Chapels and the Laurentian Library.
Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici, who was by 1400 one of the richest men in Italy supported the construction of the great dome for the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the erection of a foundling hospital, both designed by the archistar of the day, Filippo Brunelleschi.
Cosimo, Giovanni’s son, was an enthusiastic patron both for paining and sculpture. He entrusted MIchelozzo for the reconstruction of the Monastery of San Marco and invited Fra’ Angelico to settle and work there.
Also commissioned to Brunelleschi the reconstruction of San Lorenzo, that was the family’s parish church.
His greatest gift to Florence was the establishment of the first public library in Europe, called the Medicea. His scholars searched the world to find the five books of Roman History by Tacitus and the Justinian Code.
Lorenzo “The Magnificent”, Cosimo’s son, was an accomplished poet himself. He founded an academy to help painters, sculptors and scholars.
With his brother Giuliano staged pageants and processions aimed at reviving the spirit of Roman and Greek civic celebrations. Under Lorenzo the artists began to move by exclusively religious subjects to those that reflected secular or human values.
New themes were inspired by ancient history, mythology, philosophy. Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” was committed by him in 1484. After Giuiano’s assassination,
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Cost of this tour
The tour lasts 3 hours
210 euro up to 6 people
For larger parties please enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
Palazzo Medici Riccardi : 7 euro (closed on Wednesdays)
Medici Chapels : 7 euro (open until 2.00 pm only; closed on the 1st, 3rd, 5th Monday of the month and on the 2nd and 4th Sunday)
San Lorenzo and Laurentian Library : 8.50 euro (in winter closed on Sundays)
No shorts and sleeveless garments.
Short sleeves and knee high are ok.
Comfortable shoes or sandals and a hat in summer.