Book skip-the-line tickets for Medici Chapels and get up close to three Michelangelo masterpieces.
The Medici Chapels, attached to the apse of the church of San Lorenzo but accessed from the Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, consist of three separate parts: the Crypt containing the tombs of about 50 lesser members of the Medici family; The Chapel of the Princes where the Medici Grand Dukes are buried in over-life-sized sarcophagi; and the so-called "New Sacristy," Michelangelo's unfinished Mannerist masterpiece that he worked on from 1520-1534.
The ground floor Crypt serves as an anteroom to the other two burial chambers above. First comes the grandiose but gloomy Chapel of the Princes, begun in 1604 and encrusted with the semi-precious stone and marble inlay known as pietre dure. Rare and costly stones like coral, jasper, onyx, amethyst and tiger's eye adorn the interior, however, the Medici ran out of money before enough lapis lazuli could be purchased to cover the vast, octagonal dome and it was finally frescoed in 1824.
Michelangelo's New Sacristy is much more restful: the color scheme is predominately gray and white because the colorful wall paintings that the great artist had planned were never executed. Neither was the double tomb for Lorenzo the Magnificent and his slain brother, Giuliano. Contemplative statues of another Lorenzo (duke of Urbino) and Giuliano (duke of Nemours) sit in niches on the side walls. Below them stretch Dawn (female) and Dusk (male), Day (male) and Night (female). These six statues are among Michelangelo's most famous works. In them he uses both high polish and rough cutting to impart strength, texture and psychological intensity.
You must be at the museum 30 minutes before your scheduled entrance time to redeem your tickets.
The Medici Chapels are wheelchair accessible. Entrance to the chapel is free for all children under 18 years of age, however you can make a reservation. Please note that there is a fee for the reservation. Tickets for children under 6 are free and they do not require an advanced reservation.
The Cappelle Medicee are located within the San Lorenzo Church complex. The Chapel has its own entrance and has different hours from the Church.
The Cappelle Medicee or Medici Chapels allow reserved entrances every 15 minutes from 8:15 am to 12:45 pm. The museum officially closes at 1:50 pm.
You are allowed to stay in the museum as long as you would like after entrance. You should plan for at least 1 hour to view the chapels.
The Chapels are closed every second and fourth Sunday of the month and every first, third and fifth Monday as well as January 1, May 1, November 1 and December 25.
Reservation requests for this museum generally can be confirmed in one business day. If you place your order on Friday, confirmation will not be available until Monday.
The Cappelle Medicee are located within the San Lorenzo Church complex, a 5-minute walk from the Duomo and from the Galleria dell'Accademia.
San Lorenzo Basilica is open from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, and entrance of free of charge, but may ask for a donation. Masses are held on Sundays.
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The Medici Chapels is a very interesting museum. There wasn't a line up when we went but pre-purchasing the tickets in advance does cut down on the costs when in Italy.
It is well worth the money to pay for advance reservations to avoid the very long lines.
Buying tickets through Select Italy was amazingly convenient. The only negative was that I couldn't add additional tickets to an already processed order without incurring the service fees for emailing the tickets to me. I also generally think that charging a service fee for an email delivery option doesn't make sense. It's the cheapest delivery method for Select Italy.
Easy to find. Fast access. Beautiful art. We enjoyed it very much.
It was nice to see this, however, in early March there were NO lines and very few people. The reservation fee was not worth it in this case, however, we may have just caught it at a slow period of the day.