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Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence

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Consecrated in 393 CE, Basilica di San Lorenzo is among a handful of churches that claim to be the oldest in Florence. The church in its current form, however, was not begun until the 1400s. Despite being built over many years, and diverging from the original plan in certain areas, it remains a great example of the early Renaissance style. The pulpits are late works of Donatello, and the church houses several Renaissance paintings, including Brunelleschi's Old Sacristy. If you want to tour the attached tombs of the Medici family, designed by Michelangelo, check the schedule for opening times. Put Basilica di San Lorenzo into our Florence vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • No income to pay so expensive tickets worth. It is a beautiful church, but nothing more. Appreciate it outside and follow road, there are so many churches in Florence and, having to pay to enter the vast majority of them, this is not worthwhile.
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  • It is one of the oldest churches in Florence and you can tell already from the internal architectural structure. The direct construction by Brunelleschi the façade is still unfinished. However, of all the places of Michelangelo in Florence, this is perhaps the most fascinating: Here you will find the beautiful sculptures made for the tombs of Lorenzo and Giuliano dei Medici and the beautiful Laurentian Library. In fact this was the Church of the Medici family. Fantastic!!
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  • Not much inside... but you can go down and see the catacombs. Interesting... not essential but interesting
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  • Tree young isn't much of a local guide if he thinks this Basilica is in Rome?!?!?! Fabulous views of Florence from the top, do agree that you need a decent amount of physical fitness in order to get up there & it gets very busy.
  • Make sure you buy a ticket and reserve time slots for everything before you go. Queuing is 1+ hours otherwise. Worth the climb. Wouldn't recommend for people who are overweight or with health issues. It's a long long climb along very narrow corridors. I witnessed people crying from exhaustion.
  • Situated outside the Walls of the City of Rome - the Basilica is about 25mins walk from Mary Major or the main Train Station in Central Rome. Important to note that the Basilica is only open first thing in the morning and late in the afternoon early evening - closed mid afternoon. Very quite with lots of 12th & 13th century features mainly Cosmatesque - on the left hand side of the church is a covered gallery walk way this will take you to the final resting place of Pope Pius IX - his body displayed in a glass coffin ,it's a very peaceful and spiritual place. The Basilica is part of a larger complex which contains a cloister with a wonderful central garden, the walls of which are full of Roman sculptures. The Basilica also contains the shrine of St Lawrence , Pope St Hilarius & St Stephen. Well worth a visit as its off the main tourist trail and you have time and space to have a look around.
  • One of the main sights in Firenze! The details on the church are incredible!
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