This Romanesque-style structure (dating to 1060) is the oldest church in Florence and for centuries ruled as the Medici's favorite church. To this end, Cosimo de’ Medici commissioned the church façade to Filippo Brunelleschi in 1423, which despite remaining unfinished has become an architectural element considered symbolic of Florence. As evidence of their extensive acts of patronage, the inside of the church houses works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Filippo Lippi, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Andrea del Verrocchio.
Inside you’ll find Brunelleschi’s Old Sacristy, an early-Renaissance masterpiece built between 1420 and 1428. This structure is the only architectural work Brunelleschi is said to have followed from start to finish, making it emblematic of his artistic development.
Among the renowned works of art housed inside the basilica, you’ll find Donatello’s pulpits featuring scenes from the life of Christ and Saint Lawrence. Don’t miss Filippo Lippi’s Annunciation inside the Martelli Chapel, Desiderio da Settignano’s marble tabernacle, the tombs of Giovanni and Piero de’ Medici by Andrea del Verrocchio and Agnolo Bronzino’s fresco, the Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence.
The underground section of the church contains the complex’s precious treasure: about 40 works, including liturgical décor, crucifixes and reliquaries that date to between the 14th and 19th century.
€ 6 ticket includes access to the San Lorenzo Treasure Museum
€ 8.50 cumulative ticket includes the Laurentian Library
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5:30pm
Sunday, 1:30pm - 5:30pm (March-October)
Closed (November-February). Ticket office closes at 5pm.