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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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Utica, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Some of the reviews on this topic have confused San Lorenzo with Santa Croce. Santa Croce is wonderful! Santa Croce has so many beautiful tombs; Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Leonardo Bruni and more, as well as a memorial to Dante. In contrast, San Lorenzo was a disappointment. We knew that the front facade is unfiished and dull. However, we were looking... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I love this church because from the outside it doesn't look special, but on the inside it is really different than the other churches in Firenze. They are all so unique. San Lorenzo has a very clean and bright feel, offering a calm escape form the hustle and bustle of Pizza San Lorenzo. I also really admire Lorenzo Medici, so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This basilica is not as inundated by tourists as the Duomo and other larger tourist attractions and so it provides a nice leisurely walk through some of Medici history. It is much easier to enjoy places like this where one can learn something without having to put up with a crowd.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The entrance price for this church is 4,50 Euro. Which is quite cheap with all you get in this experience! First you can go around the cloister, then you go into a room with relics and the next area is a crypt. This crypt is Donatello's place of burial and so you can see his tomb. Then you go out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

One of the things I was struck by in Florence was that the sumptuous exterior of the Duomo and its adjacent bell tower were in stark contrast to the surprisingly plain interior — particularly when you compare them to the extravagance of Spanish churches from the same era. Basilica San Lorenzo, which was the church patronised by the Medici's is... More 

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Address: Piazza San Lorenzo, 9, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055214042
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > San Lorenzo
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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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