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Riccardi Medici Palace, Florence

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History Museum
Entering Riccardi Medici Palace, you'll experience how the Medici family lived during the Renaissance. Designed by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo in the 15th century, at the behest of Cosimo de' Medici, the palazzo is heavily influenced by classical Roman and Brunelleschian principles and, in its time, served as a prototype of Renaissance civil architecture. Its austerity reflects the period's principles of rationality and order, and it stood as a symbol of the Medicis' political and cultural power. Inside, the eye travels up from the floor's rustic masonry to the intricate stonework above, giving the building a sense of height and airiness. The palazzo's highlight is the Magi Chapel, whose walls are covered with impeccably preserved Renaissance frescoes. Take the audio tour to understand the full history of the surroundings. Use our Florence vacation route planner to visit Riccardi Medici Palace on your trip to Florence, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • For my taste, the palazzo out-shone the Palazzo Vecchio by a long shot. I found the decoration more accessible, and that Chapel of the Magi is just spectacular. For about 5 minutes, it was only my hus...  more »
  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi is a great building and the painting on the ceiling in my opinion is one of the best I have seen.  more »
  • A crenellated wall just visible in a corner of the square around the San Lorenzo church is a poor indication of the beauty beyond. You can stroll into the first courtyard, where there are shrubs, nice...  more »
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  • This really belongs on your Florence punch list, given the Medici influence over the city. The chapel is the star of the palace, but other rooms and artwork aren't hard on the eyes either. You don't need to spend a long time here. An hour or so is plenty of time.
  • A little underwhelming considering the entry price. The place was under renovation and many places were simply inaccessible. The frescoes were amazing, but unless that's your kind of thing, not worth the entry price. The Medici's certainly left their mark on Florence, but their palazzo is not one of those places.
  • The frescoes by Gozzoli alone are well worth a visit to this most impressive of Florentine palazzos.
  • if you want to eat a good at a reasonable price i recommend this place. only Toscan food
  • A very quiet and beautiful townhouse/palace of the Medicis. The small chapel is spectacular and the whole palace is well-preserved. The artwork on display is nothing special, and there is obviously a lot better in the city, but the feel and everyday-history of the palace is worth a visit.