Entering the Medici Chapels feels rather like stepping into a large jewellery box. These were built by the powerful Medici family to serve as their mausoleums, and were intended to reflect the immense wealth and influence of this mighty family. The Chapel of the Princes is decorated with semi-precious stones and dotted with works of art, while the New Sacristy was designed by Michelangelo, including the powerful works of sculpture, Dawn & Dusk, Night & Day and Madonna & Child.
Things to see in Florence
Azienda di Promozione Turistica (APT)
Via Cavour 1red
Tel: (055) 290 832.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 0830-1830.
Other branches are located outside the central station, at the airport, at Via Manzoni 16 and in Borgo Santa Croce, near the church.
There are special tickets available at some museums, which allow the holder a discount on the entrance price of other participating attractions. Special passes for the Palazzo Pitti (including the Galleria Palatina, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Galleria del Costume, Museo degli Argenti, Museo delle Porcellane and Giardino di Boboli) are valid for three days.
The passes are available for purchase at participating venues. Save time queueing by booking tickets in advance (tel: (055) 294 883). There is a surcharge for reserved tickets for the state museums.