Florence Medici History Tour

The Medici dynasty revealed: Explore Florentine history with an expert
From US$600 privately
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Tour Details
3.5 hours
Product Type
  • Medici Chapels
  • Museum of San Marco
  • Palazzo Medici-Riccardi
  • Magi Chapel
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  • Experience Florence through the eyes of the Medici family
  • Led by an expert art or social historian
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Tour Description
The name Medici immediately brings up images of power, intrigue, and artistic flourishing during the Renaissance. 

During this Florence Medici tour, led by an art or social historian, we'll follow along in the footsteps of the Medicis, visiting several key sites that the family has owned or sponsored, tracing their history from the republic to the duchy, from wealthy merchants to rulers of a kingdom.

We begin from the roots of the Medici family history, with Cosimo the Elder in the 1430s, visiting the quiet Convent of San Marco - the first example of the Medici’s great patronage of the arts and one of the first public libraries in the world. Proceeding with a visit to the museum, which hosts the greatest works of Fra Angelico, we will see the monks' former private cells, including the cell made specifically for Cosimo's own meditation.

From there we will proceed to the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, the seat of Medici power in Florence for over a century, and make a special visit to the Chapel of the Magi, decorated by Benozzo Gozzoli, considered a Renaissance fresco masterpiece.

To conclude the tour we will reach San Lorenzo Square home to the iconic unfinished church, and enter the Medici Chapels to explore the pinnacle of the Medicis' art patronage and view the work of Michelangelo in the family’s chapel he designed, featuring the tombs of Lorenzo il Magnifico and his brother Giuliano.

This walk will provide you with a deep understanding of the Medici family's connection to the city of Florence, and how the relationship between political power and art has played such an important role in the formation of Florence as we know it today.

  • You have been to Florence or you are a first-time visitor and want to better understand the connection between the past and the present of the city
  • You are intrigued about the Medici family's past.
  • You want to venture off the beaten path with a thorough exploration of the less-traveled routes.

  • Church and Museum of San Marco
  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi
  • Magi Chapel
  • Medici Chapel


You have pre-paid for your ticket to the Medici Chapels and the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. You will buy entrance tickets to the San Marco Museum on-site. It is best if you bring cash with you in case cards are not accepted. 

Additional Trip-Planning Resources

  • For more information on planning your travels to Florence, take a read through our Context Stories.
  • If you are looking to learn more about Florence prior to a visit, check out our online lectures at Context Learning.

Do you reserve headsets for this tour? 
Depending on your group size, we may be required by the venue to order headsets in which case you’ll see a “Headset Fee” added to your order. 

Is this tour wheelchair-friendly?
This tour can be adapted for clients with mobility difficulties or who use wheelchairs, with the only exception of the Magi Chapel.

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Helen Bayley was so good. She tells the stories of the complex Medici past (San Marcos tour). While we loved our Uffizi tour with Sandro, this venue in it's way was maybe even more interesting and a bit off the beaten path.
We had a great time with Sarah!! She was incredibly knowledgeable and very fun to boot! We would go on another tour with her any time and I recommend her to everyone! Thank you, Sarah!! From Eric and Rebekah
We truly enjoyed our experience with Alessandra. She was incredibly well versed in the history of the Medici and the art that we saw. Could not recommend more highly!