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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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Beautiful artwork and historical architecture

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Miami, Florida
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Wimbledon, London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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.

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West Point, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

Thank George C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Virginia Beach, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Breathtaking and beautiful. This was the first place I visited in Florence and couldn't have been more impressed. The energy is amazing. A must see!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When walking from the station to the Duomo you come across this. It's very impressive and in any normal city would probably be a main focal point but is overshadowed the by the one 5 minutes away. Stop and admire as the architecture is impressive.

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not as large or impressive as Il Duomo but a lovely square and the church has a lot of history. Get the walking tour from My Tours and the guide will take you here and explain it all, very interesting.

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

Maybe the problem is that I thought entry included entry to the Medici Chapel. It does not. It was 5 euro's and gets you into the basilica and the museum. The Donatello pulpit (I think it's called) is completely boarded up because of renovation. The other pulpit seems to be under restoration and was diffult to view, so we didn't... 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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