Riccardi Medici Palace Overview

The Riccardi Medici Palace is one of the prime attractions of Florence and is a classic example of Renaissance architecture. It was the residence of the Royal Medici family of Florence and was transformed into a museum later on. The museum tells you a lot about the glorious history of Florence that later on became the workplace for the legendary artists such as Michelangelo, Paolo Uccello, Boticelli, etc.

The Riccardi Medici Palace is a palace-turned-museum in the city of Florence, Italy. It has been built in the traditional Florentine palace plan around a central court room. You can learn more about the life, culture and traditions of the Royal Medici Family and Lorenzo the Medici’s great passion for art. The palace was designed by the famous Florentine architect Michelozzo for the mighty Medicis. The building of the palace is a classic example of Italian Mannerist architecture. It is even the first Renaissance structure erected in Florence.

The palace also served as the workstation of the legendary Italian artist Michelangelo who came to stay here under the sponsorship of Lorenzo. Lorenzo was very passionate about art and supported young artists which is also revealed by the excellent collection of artworks in the palace. Each corner of the palace has a story of its own and attracts a large number of tourists who come to explore Florence every year. This is one of the most treasured Heritage Sites of Florence glorifying its history and architecture.  


• Take a tour around the palace which was the home to Cosimo the Elder’s grandson, Lorenzo the Magnificent and learn more about the history of the Medici family.
• Explore and learn more about the art works of Michelangelo who came to live here as a teenager under the sponsorship of Lorenzo the Medici.
• Observe the periodic artworks painted on the walls of the private chapel of the Medici family to get an insight into the Renaissance architecture of those times. 
• Take a walk around the Courtyard of Michelozzo to know more about how the family’s large banquets, shows, weddings etc. were organized.
• Admire the unique rusticated exterior of the building to get an insight into the typical Renaissance architecture.
• Indulge into the magnificence of some of the noteworthy artworks exhibited in the palace created by some legendary artists such as Michelangelo, Boticelli, etc. 

How To Reach

By Bus- Line 131, 23A, 23L, 322A, 6AL, 9, CF operate around the area of the palace. The closest bus stops are- Vecchietti (6A, 6B, 110), Pucci Duomo (C1,14, 23, 23N), Santa Maria Maggiore, Proconsolo, Battisti San Marco, etc. which are less than a walk of 5 mins to the palace. 

By Train- Line R trains take you to the Medici Palace. The closest train stations are- Firenze Porta Al Prato and Le Cure which are less than a walk of 10 mins to the palace.  

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit the Riccardi Medici Palace is either in the early hours of the day or late in the afternoon when the rush is less. 

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Other Essential Information

Location- Via Camillo Cavour, 3, 50129, Florence, Italy

Timings- 9:00 am to 7:00 pm except on Wednesday

Last admission time- an hour prior to the closing time

Tips To Visit Riccardi Medici Palace-

  1. Only a maximum of 10 people are allowed inside the Chapel for a duration of 5 mins for security reasons. 
  2. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes as it requires a lot of walking inside the building.
  3. Get your tickets to the palace booked well in advance to avoid the long queue. 
  4. Do not carry eatables inside the museum.
  5. There are separate wardrobes for luggage in the box office where you can keep your luggage safe during your visit to the palace. 
  6. Maintain decorum and avoid shouting, running or crowding at any point inside the palace.

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08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
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08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
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Normal Timings:
08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Normal Timings:
08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Point of Interest for Riccardi Medici Palace
Gallery Luca Giordano

Gallery Luca Giordano

The Cappella dei Magi

The Cappella dei Magi

 This private chapel for the Medici family is a highlight of the Riccardi Medici Palace and visitors flock around it every minute to admire its beauty. You can get the essence of the typical Renaissance style of decor and furnishings in this charming, compact chapel. 

The Courtyard of Michelozzo

The Courtyard of Michelozzo

This classically designed courtyard by the Florentine architect Michelozzo tells you the story of how mass gatherings, banquets, weddings and celebrations used to take place in the palace. 

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Medici Garden

Medici Garden

This 18th century garden is an inseparable part of the private life of the Medicis. Beautifully decorated with special plants, fountains and statues, this classic Italian garden is a perfect place for you to sit and relax in the open air during your visit to the palace. 

Marbles Museum

Marbles Museum

This museum houses some of the antique artworks collected by the Riccardi family. Opened for the common public in the year 2005, this museum takes you back to the significant style of sculpting during the middle ages.

New Archeological Itinerary

New Archeological Itinerary

The basement of the palace, which used to serve as stables for the Mediccis was transformed into cellars by the Riccardi family. The beautifully blended ancient and contemporary architecture will take you on a ride to Rome’s unrevealed history and heritage. 

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