The Palazzo Medici-Riccardi is one of the most interesting buildings in Florence and more or less inspired the more famous Palazzo Pitti and Palazzo Strozzi. The main attraction of the palace is the Cappella dei Magi, frescoed by Benozzo Gozzoli.
Palazzo Medici-Riccardi Florence
Address, opening hours and admission
The building is located on Via Cavour, 3 – Florence (tel. +39 0552760340). Opening hours: From 8.30am to 7pm. Closed: Wednesday. Entrance fee: 7 Euro. Discount: 4 Euro. The Cappella dei Magi can be visited by a maximum of 10 people at the same time, for a maximum of 7 minutes.
History and description
The architect of the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi was Michelozzo and the commissioner for the construction was Cosimo de’ Medici il Vecchio. It was built in 1444 and served as a private residence for the Medici family until Cosimo I moved to the Palazzo Vecchio.
Cappella dei Magi
The Cappella dei Magi can be visited by entering the door on the right once you have entered the courtyard. This is the oldest remaining chapel in an old Florentine palazzo.
The murals were made by Benozzo Gozzoli, who worked on it from 1459 to 1463. The theme is the journey of the wise men on their way to the place where Jesus was to be born.