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Basilica di San Lorenzo

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Address: Piazza San Lorenzo, 9, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055214042
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Description: Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing religious...
Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing religious structure in the city.
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The Medici Church dedicated to St Lawrence

San Lorenzo is a running joke in Florence -- wiseacre who, as he was being martyred by being roasted on a grille, said "Turn me over, I'm done on this side." You can see a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The highlight for me was seeing Cosimo's tomb. Beautiful design!! Also learned that Donatello is entombed just beneath this marker after reading the novel, THE MEDICI LETTERS by Taylor Buck. Not only that, but the book also reveals the hidden message within Cosimo's tomb design.. the circles and shapes actually hold a secret! I read this while traveling Italy and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

At the time the Basilica San Lorenzo was first built it was outside the city walls as it was not really cool to be Christian and let everyone know in the 390's. Later as Christianity, the renaissance, and Florence grew, this became a key landmark and was the church of the Medici family. Some of the key works of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

You can get either a ticket just for the church or one that lets you into the other bits and the church - definitely buy ticket for both as they allow you into two totally different areas. You can have a guided tour by a smart pad which is a must! It was simply breathtaking.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

My guide book (admittedly a few years old) said that one ticket covered everything so we were surprised at how it has been managed to be partitioned and now has two charges. One for the museum and chapel and another for the library, crypt and basilica. We could only afford one so opted for the library and church. It was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I wanted to see the Medici Chapels but they were closed. So this review is just for the church and cloisters and old sacristy. Some very nice restored paintings, some very nice monumental sculptures, beautiful painted dome. We were there a little less than half an hour.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Basilica di San Lorenzo is one of the oldest and largest churches in Florence. It is a popular attraction for visitors and is a place you can easily spend an hour or two exploring. Note that there are separate entrance fees for the different areas of the church complex which can add up if you intend to see everything at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

San Lorenzo is a running joke in Florence -- wiseacre who, as he was being martyred by being roasted on a grille, said "Turn me over, I'm done on this side." You can see a beautiful Bronzino fresco showing the scene in the church. There are several Renaissance luminaries buried here, including Cosimo and Lorenzo the Magnificent. In the past,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The Basilica itself is as almost as any other of the same size. The museum and library is not enterntaining.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

When we passed the Basilica di San Lorenzo, it was closed. So we only could see it from the outside. The first thing we noticed was that the facade is not finished. Most of the churches in Florence have magnificent facades of white marble, but this one is unfinished. It seems that Michelangelo made the design for the facade which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Another jewel in the crown of Florence, San Lorenzo is closely associated with the Medici family and contains many fine examples of Renaissance art as well as the tomb of Cosimo di Medici. Yet another must-see in a city which is bursting with must-sees!

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San Lorenzo’s lively merchants shout out from behind stalls with an array of products in one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Florence. Different ethnic groups join together in the large outdoor market of San Lorenzo and in the Central Market, a vast multi-floored building. Visitors are bound to fall in love with this area and in particular, with its variety of food, especially those focusing on Florentine dishes as well as international selections. Nobody leaves San Lorenzo without a shopping bag in hand or with an empty stomach.
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