Visit the church
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
Address & telephone number: Piazza di San Lorenzo 9, Florence, +39 055 216634
Explore the Medici Chapels
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.
Address & telephone number: Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini 6, Florence, +39 055 238 8602
Stop by the library
Reach the Laurentian Library through the entrance at the left of the church’s doorway. It was designed by Michelangelo to house Medici’s collection of manuscripts and books emphasizing the new intellectual status of the family. Among the well-known to be found are the Nahuatl Florentine Codex, the Syriac Rabula Gospels, and the Codex Amiatinus. A visit is highly recommended not only due to its historical importance, but also because of its architectural value, being a great example of Mannerism.
Address & telephone number: Piazza San Lorenzo, 9, Florence, +39 0552937911
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
Address & telephone number: Via Ferdinando Zannetti 8,Florence, +39 055290383
Attend a Medici Dynasty Show
The only English theater in Florence, Medici Dynasty Show honors the memory of this legendary family bringing it back to life in a multimedia masterpiece of info-tainment. Attend one of their shows to travel back in time for an hour with the help of traditional costumes and video projections related to the artistic and architectural masterpieces of the era.
Note: Please see website for time schedule
Address & telephone number: Il Fuligno, via Faenza 42. +39 349 1310441
Walk through the market
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.
Address: Piazza San Lorenzo, Florence
Lunch break at Mercato Centrale
Just behind the open-air market of San Lorenzo, a pleasant surprise is located. Enter the large grey and red building that resembles a train station to find the main daily indoor market of the city, Mercato Centrale. Buy some of the delicious, fresh products varying from fruits and vegetables to cheese and meat, enjoy the atmosphere, and take a lunch break on the first floor where you will find several fascinating food stands.
Ground floor: Mon-Sat: 7am-2pm
First floor: Mon-Sun: 10am-12am
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
Drink a glass of wine
While walking in the area during the evening, you will mostly find quiet streets at first sight. Still, if you need a late afternoon drink, you won’t be diappointed by the variety of nearby bars. Casa del Vino is one of the most well-known places. Stop by the oldest wine bar of Florence and enjoy a glass of excellent Italian wine for some memorable moments.
Address & telephone number: Via dell’Ariento 16/R, Florence, +39 055 215609
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.
By Maria Menegaki