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Medici Riccardi Palace (Palazzo Medici Riccardi) Tours

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Medici Riccardi Palace (Palazzo Medici Riccardi)

To get a glimpse into the sumptuous life of Florence’s wealthy and powerful Medici family during the Renaissance, look no further than Medici Riccardi Palace (Palazzo Medici Riccardi). Designed by Michelozzo in the mid-15th century for Cosimo de' Medici, the palace is considered a masterpiece of early Renaissance architecture.


The Basics

Much of the palace operates as an art museum, and you can tour the richly furnished apartments and libraries; the Galleria, with baroque paintings under the frescoed ceiling by Luca Giordano; and the Chapel of the Magi, with the Procession of the Magi frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli that depict members of the Medici dynasty as part of the procession behind the kings, as well as copies of works by Filippo Lippi—now displayed in other museums. The palace also hosts temporary exhibitions of important art and photography. A visit to the Medici Riccardi Palace is a highlight of any tour of Renaissance Florence or Medici walking tour, both of which also generally include stops at Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace.


Things to Know Before You Go

  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi is particularly interesting for history and architecture buffs.
  • Due to the Chapel of the Magi’s diminutive size, only 10 visitors are allowed in every seven minutes.
  • Private and small-group tours of Renaissance Florence generally require a bit of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
  • The palazzo is accessible to wheelchair users via a secondary entrance on Via Cavour; contact museum staff to enter.


How to Get There

Palazzo Medici Riccardi is located on Via Cavour, just a few minutes’ walk north of Florence Cathedral (the Duomo) or east of the train station.


When to Get There

Florence is one of the most visited cities in Italy and is very crowded much of the year, especially in summer; it’s best to visit during the off-season winter months. Palazzo Medici Riccardi is open year-round; it is closed on Wednesdays.


The Medici Chapels

Just around the corner from Medici Riccardi Palace, the Basilica di San Lorenzo is home to the magnificent Medici Chapels by Michelangelo. The mausoleum was meant to hold tombs for Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brothers Lorenzo, Duke of Urbino, and Giuliano, Duke of Nemours, but only some were finished.

Address: Via Cavour, 3, Tuscany, 50123, Italy
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Renaissance Full Access: Museums, Duomo & Palaces Private Tour

Renaissance Full Access: Museums, Duomo & Palaces Private Tour

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour in Florence. With a guide in the lead, you'll have priority access and be able to skip the line at the local museums, which saves valuable vacation time. You can focus on the sights that interest you and your guide will tailor their commentary to your preferences. This tour includes access to a reserved spot at the top of the Duomo for panoramic views of Florence.
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Florence Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience

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Medici Palaces Private Tour

Medici Palaces Private Tour

The Medici Family, rulers of Tuscany for three centuries, changed history and shaped the city of Florence as we see it today. Following their footsteps with your licensed guide, decipher the legacy that this powerful family left to the city and visit the major residences of the Medici. From the modest Palazzo Medici-Richardi to the lavish Palazzo Pitti, unveil the rise and fall of this famous family. And inside the Pitti palace, experience the richest art collection of the Medici Family showing their role as the greatest patrons of the Renaissance.
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Florence Bike Tour

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Medici Masters of Florence Tour

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Discover the stories of the most elite families of the time • Walk to see the most important streets and palaces • See the stunning architecture of the historical buildings - Discover the Medici's story with a walk through the most important streets and palaces. From Giovanni de Medici to Lorenzo de Medici, see, hear about, and understand the power of this incredible family.
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Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

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Florence Medici Mile Walking Tour along the path of Medici family Residences

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Follow in the footsteps of the Medicis, Florence’s Renaissance-era rulers, on this walking tour. Stroll the route dubbed the ‘Medici Mile’ to see buildings and treasures funded and constructed by this wealthy family, who helped nurture the Italian Renaissance. Admire the Palazzo Medici Riccardi and Duomo, trace the exterior of the Vasari Corridor, and see the Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens, and other residences as you hear about the dynasty’s history, patronage, and power struggles.
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Florence Private Tour: The Medici Conspiracy Exploration Game

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