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“Not on our must see list but glad we did not miss it”

Palazzo Medici Riccardi
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“Not on our must see list but glad we did not miss it”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

An interesting site that is not as overwhelming as so many of Florences' museums. Part of the palace is still used for office space and it is fascinating to see council meeting room with modern chairs and podium and medieval tapestries on the walls. The Palazzo Medici Riccardo designed by Michelozzo as a city home for Cosimo de Medici. At first site this appears to be an ugly rough hewn building - but the external walls helped keep the enemies of the family out - once inside there is an elegant courtyard and stairs leading up to the family chapel and some absolutely stunning rooms.

Visited October 2012
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“Cappella di Benozzo Gozzoli and more”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

First door to the right in the courtyard: you can peruse the audiovisual explanation (E,F or I) of the frescoes in the chapel (first floor) which gives a much better understanding of the artists rendering of the three magi visiting Jesus and Mary (Joseph is nowhere in sight) in Bethlehem. The colors of the frescoes are still so alive 550 years later! The chapel is tiny and you can't take photos. Filippo Lippi's painting 'Madonna and Child' is from the same period and shows a rather fell-fed little Jesus. The mirrored gallery and the Council Chambers (still in use) are also worth a glance. Check out if there are any temporary exhibitions on the ground and first floors: we found them very informative and interesting. The museums website is not very up-to-date but the signs posted in front of the entrance will be.

Visited November 2012
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

This is an interesting site that is not overwhelming like so many of Florences' museums. Part of the palace is still used for office space and it is fascinating to see council meeting room with modern chairs and podium and medieval tapestries on the walls. Council rooms don't look like that in Iowa!

The highlight of the site, however, is the Chapel of the Magi. This had been the Medici's private chapel--it's a very small room richly painted with murals with many Medici notables depicted on the walls. Be sure & have a guide so you can pick out Lorenzo & Cosimo. This small room was so beautiful. Only a few people were let into the chapel at a time. We were in the midst of a German tour group, had no idea what they were saying, but sure wanted to laugh at their jokes when the rest of the tour was laughing!

There is also a Lippi Madonna which was isolated in its own room which I found a bit odd.

Overall really liked this site. Like almost everything in Florence, you do have to pay to get in.

Visited October 2012
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“Benozzo Gozzoli Chapel in Palazzo Medici Riccardi]i”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

This little chapel has a separate entrance where tickets are sold. Visitors are admitted a few at a time because of the small space. Inside you will be amazed by Gozzoli's brilliant procession of the 3 Kings going to visit the Christ Child. Important Medici family members are depicted on horseback, elegantly dressed with decorated saddles and bridles on their steeds. You can see Lorenzo de Medici, the Magnificent, who was the great proponent and sponsor of Michelangelo. Don't miss the painting by Filippo Lippi of the Madonna and Child in the chapel. On Epihany, January 6, entrance to the chapel is free. In the Piazza del Duomo a live parade of the costumed 3 Kings arrives at a live manger with local people depicting the Holy family and animals. Children gather in front of the manger to hear the story of the 3 kings and to see the nativity. It is a special day in Florence, and if you are there for the holidays you must stay for Jan 6! If you are confused about the time of the festivities you can ask at the tourist office or the side door of the Basilica del Duomo. If you can read Italian, buy the local paper "La Nazione" for information.

Visited December 2011
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“The Medici Chapel is one of the wonders of Florence”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

The Palazzo Medici Riccardo designed by Michelozzo as a city home for Cosimo de Medici and his growing family looks at first site to be an ugly rough hewn building - but the external walls had a very real need to keep the enemies of the family out - once inside there is an elegant courtyard and stairs leading up to the family chapel - and this is what this visit is all about - in one small room you are surrounded by this bright fresh fresco by Benozzo Gozzoli - filled with images of singing angels, and magic kings, and hunting scenes with exotic animals, all within the lush verdant Tuscan countryside - All the great and good (and some of the bad and the ugly!) of Florentine politics are depicted on these walls - Lorenzo the Magnificent gets two positions - a romantised image as Caspar - the young magus with a pretty face and curly blonde hair framed by a laurel bush (representing Laurence) and a more realistic version in the crowd wearing a red hat - and showing his trademark broken nose! At busy times you are only allowed 15 minutes in the chapel so visit the ground floor slide display before you go upstairs and check out the things you need to look out for! Enjoy!

Visited September 2012
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