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Basilica di San Lorenzo

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Address: Piazza di San Lorenzo 9, 50123, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 216634
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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This is a lovely church and we'll worth a visit. However if you are hoping to see donatello's pulpits you may be disappointed , one is boarded up for restoration. ..fair enough... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Lucy S
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a lovely church and we'll worth a visit. However if you are hoping to see donatello's pulpits you may be disappointed , one is boarded up for restoration. ..fair enough, the other covered with tinted glass. You can pay an extra euro to get a close look but you cannot get any sense of how it looks in... More 

Thank Lucy S
Krakow, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's worth to come and see this old church, simple from outside, nicely decorated inside, with cute little cloister on site. Closes early at 5 pm.

Thank Mr_Nobody_1979
Battle Ground, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many fascinating details in a small basilica. Free audio guide with reasonable entrance fee was top notch, using somewhat interactive individual Samsung Galaxy tablets. Explanation of architectural features and a video of how they restored the Donatello bronzed altars added to the historical perspectives of the Medici chapels. We were fascinated!

Thank Phyllis R
Wiesbaden, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a must go.! the basilica does not look like much on the outside but the reading room and basilica are amazing inside. The audio guide is among the best you will get in Florence. For free. The medici and pazzi story is indeed captivating. waiting lines are relatively short. Well worth a visit.

Thank Treadstone49
Wimbledon, London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really, I visited this church because I was getting frustrated with the huge queues for other cultural attractions. It was where the Medici family worshipped and where they are buried. Unfortunately, I did not visit the Medici Library with Michelangelo's Staircase leading up to it. But the paintings in the basilica and the relics were amazing.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Avoid the long lines at the normal museums of Florence and enjoy this over looked treasure. The cost is only 5 euros and there are many 500 year old masterpieces to see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

As with most piazza, this one is ringed by eateries, but also with a street market running all along one of the avenues leading to the Basilica. A place well worth a visit and to take photos, or just sit and relax watching people going about their business.

Thank Sarakit C
West Point, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Tickets were reasonable to see the church with all of the paintings and the vault below with many bits and pieces of saints (fingers, thigh bones and other things) all displayed in gold and silver. Look closely and you will find all manner of things!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

What's great about this church, in my opinion, is not just the decorations. In fact, many places in Florence is more ornated than San Lorenzo. The Basilica is very interesting because it is also a mausoleum of the Medici family. It is a solid marble work, dated as old as Donatello's art (he was the Medici's court artisan and his... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

At first glance, this structure doesn't seem to be as imposing as the architectural marvels around the Duomo or the Signora Sqaure. However, it is one of the oldest churches in Florence and merits a visit. It is closely connected to the rise of the Medici family in the political history of Florence. The inside of the church bears the... More 

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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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