Tuscany, Italy

The Medici Chapels

Take a journey into some of Florence's most fascinating history, from its oldest church to the legacy of one of its most powerful ruling families.

Step into history

The Medici Chapels are in the very heart of Florence, where the powerful Medici family once ruled. There are two buildings–one built in the 16th century, and the other in the 17th. The Sagrestia Nuova, the first of the chapels to be built, was designed by Michelangelo himself, and acts as a mausoleum for the most prominent members of the Medici family. The magnificent octagonal Cappella dei Principi was something of a personal chapel for the Medicis, which speaks to their true power as the Grand Dukes of Tuscany.

Discover Florence’s oldest church

The Church of San Lorenzo, which adjoins the chapels, dates back as far as 393 AD, making it the oldest church in the city. It was built and re-built over the next thousand years to stand as the structure it is today. Now nestled among the Medici chapels and overshadowed by their grandeur, it’s no less important to Florence’s rich history than its more spectacular neighbours.