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Riccardi Medici Palace, Florence

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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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  • The Palazzo Medici Riccardi was the first residence of the Medici family, designed by Michelozzo (in collaboration with Donatello who made medallions and sculptures that decorated their courtyards, by express request of Cosimo del Vecchio), is one of the sites that should be considered essential within the visit to Florence, both for its historical significance (the Court of artists and thinkers who formed the Medici began to gather in their environments) as by the artistic quite stressing its chapel decorated with the cycle of the 'procession of the Magi' frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli, masterpiece of the first Renaissance painting that still continues to cause the impression of grandeur and magnificence that surrounded this family, which during 3 centuries ruled the destiny of the city and contributed decisively to the development of the arts and humanism.
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  • I just had to go and see this building for myself - no time to visit inside so I definitely need to come back - but I needed to see the very first Renaissance building in Europe. The history behind th...  more »
  • In the Palace, near the complex of San Lorenzo, there is an absolute masterpiece: the adoration of the Magi by Benozzo Gozzoli. Tickets cost 10 euros, or is part of the Florence Card. On the ground floor the view on the recovery of works of art after the flood is not particularly significant.
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  • Now it's €10. The courtyard is Better than inside, the courtyard is free. You pay €10 just to see the ceiling you can find in many churches in Rome. The whole thing is 3 minutes walk. Far less spectacular than the interior of Louvre in Paris, or Royal palace in Vienna. Not worth it. Really.
  • One of my favorite places to visit. The art in the chapel is fabulous and the atmosphere is peaceful and quiet. Do yourself a favor and spend an hour or two on the steps near the entrance and take in the spirit of the Medici. I love this place.
  • Beautiful little house-style museum. Each room with so much personality. I might not have paid the entry fee separately, but it was part of the Firenze Card circuit so it worked out to be fairly affordable.
  • Interesting but overpriced at 10 Euro.
  • 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.

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