10 Things To Do Near San Lorenzo, Florence

Maria Menegaki

They say that the whole city looks like an open-air museum and they couldn’t be more accurate. Named after the 3rd-century Christian martyr, the neighborhood of San Lorenzo is a sacred destination combining priceless art treasures in a setting of breathtaking architecture. At the same time, it is one of the busiest districts in Florence, crowded by visitors and locals every single day. Here is our guide with the best things to do and see around.

Florence, Italy: Basilica di San Lorenzo

1. Visit the church


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Not only one of the largest churches in the city, but also one of the first buildings constructed in the new Renaissance style, the Church of San Lorenzo is located in the heart of the district. Stand for a few moments to admire the harmonious interior before continuing to the rest of the wider monastic complex.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

2. Explore the Medici Chapels


The Cappelle Medicee feature prominent tomb sculptures by Michelangelo
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Constructed as the burial place of the members of the Medici family and designed by Michelangelo, the Medici Chapels form part of the monumental complex of San Lorenzo and is a must-see for every history buff. Enter them through the back of the Church to take a look at the famous tombs made of pietra serena, as well as several paintings of biblical scenes. Explore all of the three distinct parts: the Old Sacristy, the Chapel of the Princess, and the New Sacristy and enjoy their unique historical value and architectural beauty.

3. Go to the museum


Probably the best way to escape the usual Florentine attractions and get a fascinating insight into the noble life of Medici family, the nearby Museum of Casa Martelli should be on the top of your list if you enjoy interior design as much as art. Spend some time there and walk through rooms filled with a spectacular collection of artworks and decor. Just be aware of the limited opening hours.

Opening hours: Thu 2pm-7pm, Sat 9am-2pm, Sun (I/III/V) 9am-2pm

4. Walk through the market

Market, Italian

Food Market - Mercato Centrale
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The lively street market of San Lorenzo is an obligatory stop whether you’re looking for cheap, colorful accessories and gifts or not. Set up daily and filled with vendors selling clothes, artwork, and souvenirs, it is definitely the beating heart of the district.

Take a cooking course

If you are a food lover and want a different experience, Cucina Lorenzo de’ Medici can provide it for you. This cooking school takes place in the Central Market and gives you the unique opportunity to participate in cooking courses held by local chefs, prepare a recipe, get in direct contact with the market’s producers, and learn more about Mediterranean cuisine.

Address & telephone number: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, +39 055 283142


Stay safe

Last but not least, since San Lorenzo always gets busy and chaotic, take care of your important stuff while walking through these streets and have fun.

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