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Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee)

Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6, Florence, Italy
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Ranked #37 of 211 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Opulently decorated in marble, gold and jewels, these chapels are a celebration of one of Italy's most famous and powerful families - the Medicis.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We took a high speed train up from Rome for the day to visit Florence. We had already decided not to visit the Uffizi due to the crowds on "free admission Sunday" so we decided to visit here. We were not disappointed. The chapel of the Princes was amazing with all of the carved marble coffins. On walking down the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I have been dying to go here for years and now I am kicking myself for not getting here before now. I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! There was a small line to get in, probably because you have to go through security but it is still not packed inside. Between the entrance and buying the chapel guide, it was only $17... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I have wanted to visit the Medici Chapels on my last two visits to Florence but never seemed to fit it in. Well, I finally made it and am very glad I did. The Michelangelo sculptures were wonderful and the Chapel of the Princes were a pleasant surprise. There is scaffolding over a portion of the Chapel, but it is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I visited the Medici Chapels a couple of years ago - tried to visit again this past summer but couldn't find the entrance :$ Admission was supposed to be included with the Firenze Card but we were told otherwise when we arrived. In any event, when I did visit, I was blown away. Every room is incredibly ornate with so... More

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Fremantle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Whilst many people will go here for the Michelangelo sculptures in the 'New Sacristy' (and they are indeed lovely), the really impressive part of this site is the all-marble, enormous Chapel of the Princes. I was completely blown away by this chapel, even though half of it was covered in scaffolding for repair work - a big chunk of marble... More

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Crown Point, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The main attractions here are the (huge) Chapel which contains the burial sites for at least six men (mostly from the Medici family), the magnificent painted dome and the very large Michelangelo sculptures in the adjacent room for two more Medici Dukes' tombs and the "Madonna and Child". Probably shouldn't take more than 60-90 minutes to make your way through,... More

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Seneca, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

To make it well worth it, rent a tour wand. Can't believe so much ostantation for one family...especially in afterlife.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

The Medici Chapels are an example of Michelangelo's efforts to out show Brunelleschi. The Chapels are the final resting places of the powerful Medici family. The sculptures by Michelangelo clearly show that he failed to understand the softness and fineness of the female body. His female sculptures are male bodies with added female accoutrements. Worth a visit to better grasp... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

A great place to view the Master's work, generally without the crowds at the Accademia. The larger second chapel with its marble and pietra dura decoration is worth the visit by itself. As a further bonus, you can walk to front of the building to tour S. Lorenzo, the Medici's parish church, which contains a number of treasures, including Donatello's... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Had read about the Medici Chapels and planned them into our visit to Florence mostly to see the sculptures by Michelangelo. Were (pleasantly) surprised to find there are two chapels. The smaller, square one with the Medici tombs and the Michelangelo sculptures. Beautiful! Some refer to it as Michelangelo's first work (attempted work) of architecture. The magnificent sculptures were pretty... More

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