The Medici Chapels, part of the Basilica of San Lorenzo in the San Lorenzo district of Florence, comprise the original chapel (designed by Brunelleschi) and two 'add-on' chapels testifying to the wealth, importance and power of the Medici family, the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, the family woven into the fabric of Florence.
The first of these is the Sagrestia Nuova, designed by Michelangelo. The second is the Capella dei Principi, which is clad entirely in coloured marble inlaid with semi precious stones; it is the dome of this chapel that will guide you towards the Basilica as you wind your way towards San Lorenzo and its busy street market. The Capella dei Principi attracts some pretty unflinching reviews - monstrous, tasteless, tacky, gaudy ... the adjectives continue in a similar vein ... all of which may seem quite fitting given that this arrogant memorial is for what the Medici family went on to become ... pretty monstrous in themselves.
The Sagrestia Nuova is far more peaceful, calmer, and is home to some of Michelangelo's most famous sculptures. He was supposed to have created 3 or 4 tombs, but only 2 were completed - consequently, the bankroll of much of the Renaissance, Lorenzo the Magnificent, missed out, celebrated merely by an inscription alongside his brother Giuliano on a plain marble slab. Admittedly it is a 'plain marble slab' adorned with Michelangelo's Madonna and Child, but there is no grand tomb for the grandest of all the Medici clan.
Lorenzo's grandson (also Lorenzo) has his tomb on the left wall of the sacristry, and his tomb is decorated with Michelangelo's Dawn and Dusk (male and female respectively), mirrored opposite by Day and Night, again, male and female. It's clear that Michelangelo was not as adept with the female form as David showed him to be with the male; Dawn and Night can be seen as men with less developed musculature and breasts that look like afterthoughts, oddly angled as they are.
The Medici Chapels are open all year round - as with many venues in Italy, there are often special exhibitions running, and the ticket price will reflect this.
HOW YOU'LL GET YOUR TICKETS:
To reserve your tickets for the Medici Chapels, just fill out the booking form, supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation. We'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out your entry voucher. Print it out, take it with you and present it at the pre-arranged meeting point. As simple as that!
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At all times we will refer to the full price of your ticket(s), and you will never be charged more than this ... just please be aware that the total charge includes booking fee. You will arrive with a paid-in-full voucher.
Are there any types of reduced tickets for the Medici Chapel?
1. 'Full price' tickets are for (i) all non-European citizens aged 18 or over and (ii) for European citizens aged 26 and upwards. See below for a list of countries considered as being European.
2. 'Reduced' tickets are available to European citizens aged between 18 and 25. Proof of ID (usually a passport) will be required. Please note that a student visa is not acceptable as ID.
3. 'Complimentary' tickets are available to (i) anyone under the age of 18. Tickitaly are still charged by the authorities to make this kind of reservation, hence the small charge.
4. Children under the age of six pay nothing - neither do they have to reserve as such - please do specify the number of children in your group that are under this age, however.
5. Please don't purchase any reduced tickets unless you can show a valid ID from one of the European countries listed below. Please note that a student visa is not sufficient ID. If you cannot show valid ID on the day of your visit then you will be charged full price and be required to pay the difference on the spot.
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