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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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  • Here is the Basilica of San Lorenzo for us was ... So we paid the ticket and then inside. A part of Donatello was closed for restoration, another work as well, for another there was a turnstile and costs 1 euro, pity that we only pennies and those were not accepted. You couldn't get into Chapels because it was afternoon and even inside the Basilica, the Medici Chapels close at 13 (there is also a need for supplementary card). Then we went in the cloister, no big deal. Finally in the crypt where the interesting part would be the tomb of Cosimo Medici but we saw at a distance through the bars because it was closed. Sin, but if everything is closed should alert. Us alerts do not saw them, but not others and even pupils who was there while we were there
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  • The façade of the Church is rather peculiar but it must go beyond and go visit, including its beautiful dome. The gardens in the cloister are soothing and allows you to make beautiful pictures.
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  • Seeing the church from the outside you might just pass it up. However, inside you will find some beautiful frescoes. The cupola is particularly nice. Also the marble on the alter is colorful and beaut...  more »
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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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