Title card from the first season
Also known asMedici: Masters of Florence (season 1)
Medici: The Magnificent (seasons 2–3)
GenreHistorical drama
Created by
Opening theme"Renaissance" by Paolo Buonvino & Skin (s. 1)[1]
"Revolution Bones" by Paolo Buonvino & Skin (s. 2–3)
Country of originItaly
United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes24 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Frank Spotnitz
  • Luca Bernabei
  • Matilde Bernabei
  • Richard Madden (seasons 2–3)
ProducerFania Petrocchi
Running time52 minutes
Production companiesLux Vide
Big Light Productions
Rai Fiction
Original release
NetworkRai 1 (Italy)
Release18 October 2016 (2016-10-18) –
11 December 2019 (2019-12-11)

Medici (Italian: I Medici) is a historical drama television series created by Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer. The series was produced by Italian companies Lux Vide and Rai Fiction, in collaboration with Spotnitz's Big Light Productions. The series follows the House of Medici, bankers of the Pope, in 15th-century Florence. Each season follows the events of a particular moment of the family's history exploring the political and artistic landscape of Renaissance Italy.

The first season of the series, titled Medici: Masters of Florence, premiered in Italy on Rai 1 on 18 October 2016. It takes place in 1429, the year Giovanni de' Medici, head of the family, died. His son Cosimo succeeds him as head of the family bank, the richest in Europe at the time, and fights to preserve his power in Florence. The series reached between four and eight million viewers on original airings. According to Italian ratings compiler Auditel, the broadcast of the first episode attracted a record 8.04 million viewers.[2]

The second season, titled Medici: The Magnificent, takes place 35 years later and tells the story of Cosimo's grandson Lorenzo de' Medici. It premiered on Rai 1 in 2018, while a third season, which completes the story of Lorenzo, followed in 2019. The series is broadcast in 190 countries worldwide, including on Netflix in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and India,[3] and on SBS in Australia.[4]


Season 1

Florence, 1429. Giovanni de' Medici is a rich banker who also represents one of the most important political forces of Florence's Signoria. He has a plan to increase his family's power by making an agreement with the Church of Rome. The election of a new Pope is about to take place and Giovanni sends his sons Cosimo and Lorenzo to Rome in order to encourage the election of a Pope close to his family. In Rome, Cosimo, fascinated by the beauty of ancient architecture and art, meets Donatello and one of his models Bianca. Cosimo falls in love with her but is then forced to leave her and marry Contessina de Bardi, a political marriage arranged by Giovanni and Contessina's father. The Medici's candidate gets elected, which assures the bank of the Medici of an unparalleled economic power.

Twenty years later, Giovanni is mysteriously murdered and Cosimo and Lorenzo try secretly to investigate his death. Meanwhile, the political situation in the city is troubled by plots against the Medici family's power, and their vision of the future of Florence—which will then lead to the Renaissance—is in danger. Cosimo's dream is to complete the Duomo of Florence, but no architect seems to have a feasible solution due to the shape of the base created for the cathedral. Finally, Filippo Brunelleschi introduces himself to Cosimo and shows him plans for the dome. Cosimo decides to trust Brunelleschi and the construction of the cathedral starts, bringing jobs and people to Florence. Meanwhile, the mystery surrounding the death of Giovanni thickens and Rinaldo Albizzi, Cosimo's main opponent in the Signoria, tries to block the construction and to incite the people to rise up against the Medicis.

Season 2

Twenty years have passed since the events of the first season. Piero, Cosimo's son, and his wife Lucrezia are now at the head of the family. The power of the Medici has consolidated over time, but an assassination attempt on Piero brings to light his mismanagement of the family bank. The Sforza family are the largest debtors of the bank, but come to an agreement with Piero to erase it. The solution proposed by Sforza would also bring about the invasion of Florence. To prevent this, Piero's son Lorenzo takes over the role of his father both in the government of the Signoria and as head of the family. Although he has a relationship with a married woman, Lucrezia Donati, Lorenzo accepts marriage to a religious Roman noblewoman, Clarice Orsini (who initially wanted to be a nun but is obliged to give up her dream for the marriage). Their marriage goes through a turbulent time as their interests differ, but he soon falls in love with her and they start living happily. His brother Giuliano and his dear friend Sandro Botticelli both meet and fall in love with Simonetta, although in different ways. Botticelli's interest is an artistic one and leads to the painting of Venus and Mars in which Simonetta is represented alongside Giuliano. The Pazzi family, led by Jacopo Pazzi and his nephew Francesco, join forces with the Pope to increase the Church's control of nearby territories and mines, in opposition to the Medici's policy. This argument will eventually lead to a conspiracy against Lorenzo in an attempt to put an end to his power and his dream of a peaceful and culturally alive Florence.

Season 3

This season starts immediately after the previous one. With his brother's death and the counsel of his new ruthless advisor Bruno Bernardi, Lorenzo has grown into a cruel determined man and vows revenge. He soon has three children with Clarice (and eventually a miscarried child as well that leads to Clarice's death), and they also raise Giulio (Giuliano's illegitimate son) after his father's death. Following the breakdown of the Pazzi conspiracy, Lorenzo must still face a military coalition from the Papal States and the Kingdom of Naples, with the Papal Army led by the Pope's ambitious nephew, Girolamo Riario. Lorenzo undertakes a diplomatic journey to Naples and succeeds in negotiating a separate peace. However, Father Girolamo Savonarola gradually challenges the Medici for power in Florence. Season 3 focuses on how Lorenzo would do anything, to any extent for his family and his legacy.


SeriesEnglish subtitleItalian subtitleEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1Masters of Florence818 October 2016 (2016-10-18)8 November 2016 (2016-11-08)
2The Magnificent, Part 1Lorenzo il Magnifico823 October 2018 (2018-10-23)13 November 2018 (2018-11-13)
3The Magnificent, Part 2Nel nome della famiglia82 December 2019 (2019-12-02)11 December 2019 (2019-12-11)

Season 1 (2016)

No. in
TitleItalian TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateItaly viewers
11"Original Sin"
"Peccato originale"
Sergio Mimica-GezzanStory by : Frank Spotnitz & Nicholas Meyer
Teleplay by : Nicholas Meyer
18 October 2016 (2016-10-18)8.04[5]
In 1429, when the Medici patriarch Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici is poisoned, his first son Cosimo takes over the family bank and asks Marco Bello to investigate the murder. Cosimo is elected to his father's seat on the Signoria, where Rinaldo degli Albizzi, the family's rival, is pushing for war with Milan because they attacked Lucca. Twenty years earlier, Giovanni had sent Cosimo and his younger brother Lorenzo to Rome with bribes to install a friendly cardinal as Pope and gain control of the Vatican's banking. Cosimo, who wants to be an artist, meets Donatello and falls in love with his beautiful model Bianca, but when Giovanni finds out, he shuts down the studio and drives Bianca away.
22"The Dome and the Domicile"
"La cupola e la dimora"
Sergio Mimica-GezzanFrank Spotnitz & Nicholas Meyer18 October 2016 (2016-10-18)7.14[6]
The war with Milan is going badly and Florence's economy is in ruins. Cosimo funds Filippo Brunelleschi to build a dome for the cathedral creating work and brokers a deal between Lucca and the Duke of Milan for peace. Twenty years earlier, Giovanni forces Cosimo to marry Contessina, the strong-willed daughter of a noble banker with financial problems, forcing Cosimo to give up his dreams of being an artist.
"La peste"
Sergio Mimica-GezzanSophie Petzal25 October 2016 (2016-10-25)6.73[7]
Florence is hit by the Black Plague and Cosimo moves the family to the safety of their estate outside the city. Albizzi turns the people against Cosimo and his dome blaming the plague on God's wrath at the Medici's usury. Cosimo returns to Florence and turns the cathedral into a hospice for plague victims to save the dome. Lorenzo overrules Contessina and sells the family's wool business making their financial problems public. Albizzi has Cosimo arrested after Marco breaks into a house to gather evidence on Giovanni's murder. Twenty years earlier, Cosimo and Contessina struggle to trust each other and make their marriage work.
44"Judgment Day"
"Il giorno del giudizio"
Sergio Mimica-GezzanAlex von Tunzelmann25 October 2016 (2016-10-25)6.32[7]
Albizzi accuses Cosimo of usury and trying to overthrow the republic. Piero and Contessina try to mount a defense but Cosimo is sentenced to death. Lorenzo buys the Sforza army and threatens to invade Florence. Contessina storms the Signoria on horseback and persuades them to exile Cosimo to prevent war. Twenty years earlier, Cosimo's friend Albizzi tells him that his family lost a valuable ship at sea and Giovanni uses the information to have Albizzi's father declared bankrupt and thrown off the Signoria.
"La tentazione"
Sergio Mimica-GezzanFrancesca Gardiner1 November 2016 (2016-11-01)6.50
Albizzi hires mercenaries and exiles the Medici's allies to gain control of Florence. Contessina turns down an offer to flee Florence with her old lover, whom she was forced to abandon when she was betrothed to Cosimo. In Venice, Cosimo lobbies the Doge to back his return to Florence, and with information supplied by Contessina, thwarts Albizzi's attempt to make an alliance through marriage. The Doge gives Cosimo a beautiful slave named Maddelena, whom he teaches to draw and then falls for. Albizzi tries to seize the Signoria but he is betrayed by Pazzi and arrested.
Sergio Mimica-GezzanJonny Stockwood & Mark Denton1 November 2016 (2016-11-01)6.02
Cosimo is welcomed back to Florence and pays off the mercenaries who are terrorising the town because they haven't been paid. Cosimo finally makes up with Contessina and ends his relationship with Maddelena. The Pope Eugene IV seeks sanctuary with the Medici when Rome is attacked. At the Pope's urging, Cosimo persuades the Signoria to show mercy and exile Albizzi instead of executing him. While the Pope blesses Cosimo's cathedral, Albizzi and his son are murdered in the woods by the mercenaries.
"Il purgatorio"
Sergio Mimica-GezzanEmilia di Girolamo8 November 2016 (2016-11-08)6.42
Cosimo has a local olive merchant elected to the Signoria to fill Albizzi's vacant seat, but the merchant is murdered and Pazzi is elected while Cosimo is absent. After Marco reveals that the apothecary was killed with Lorenzo's dagger, Cosimo has Lorenzo locked in his room. Marco kisses Maddelena causing tension with Cosimo. Lorenzo claims Marco framed him to cover up his own involvement in Giovanni's murder, which Marco denies and Cosimo allows him to leave. Ugo reveals that Rosa was carrying Lorenzo's child and Giovanni had her shipped off to a home for unmarried mothers where she and the baby died.
Sergio Mimica-GezzanJohn Fay8 November 2016 (2016-11-08)6.26
Rumours of Cosimo's hand in Albizzi's murder result in the Pope transferring the church's banking to Pazzi. Cosimo heads to Rome with money to pay for an army to retake Rome for the Pope. Marco helps Lorenzo to capture Pazzi's assassin and obtain a letter that proves Pazzi's complicity. Pazzi's men kill Lorenzo and free the assassin but Cosimo gives the letter to the Pope and the Medici retain the church's banking. Maddelena is pregnant with Cosimo's child and Contessina decides that Cosimo will acknowledge and raise the bastard. Ugo murdered Giovanni because he ordered him to take Rosa away and she and her child ultimately died in the home to which he had taken her.

Season 2 (2018)

No. in
Title [8]Italian TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [8]Italy viewers
91"Old Scores"
"Vecchi rancori"
Jon CassarFrank Spotnitz23 October 2018 (2018-10-23)4.53
1469. Following years of stable power established by the late Cosimo, the Medici Bank, now led by the 50s-year-old Piero de' Medici, is in trouble. Piero is the target of a harrowing ambush; wounded, he is saved by his 20s-year-old sons Lorenzo and Giuliano, who accuse the family's nemesis Jacopo de' Pazzi of attempted murder. With the mounting tensions in the city, Piero requests the intervention of the army of one of his chief debtors, Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan.
102"Standing Alone"
"Un uomo solo"
Jon CassarAlex von Tunzelmann23 October 2018 (2018-10-23)3.82
Now head of the family, Lorenzo travels to Rome with his mother Lucrezia to gain the Pope's financial support or risk losing everything. But Jacopo Pazzi's cousin Francesco Salviati is a member of the Roman curia and works against them. Sandro Botticelli meets his muse in Simonetta Vespucci. To resolve the situation in Rome, Lucrezia works in the background to secure a marriage alliance between Lorenzo and Clarice Orsini, niece of a highly influential Cardinal, in return for her brother's appointment as Cardinal of Florence. Piero, ailing with gout, dies. A jousting contest takes place between the Pazzi and the Medici.
113"Obstacles and Opportunities"
"Ostacoli e opportunità"
Jon CassarMark Denton &
Johnny Stockwood & James Dormer
30 October 2018 (2018-10-30)4.50
Following the death of Pope Paul II, the new pontiff Sixtus IV appoints the Pazzi cousin Salviati as Archbishop of Pisa, working against the Medici interests. Lorenzo and his brother travel to Milan to form closer ties with Sforza and secure trade for Florence. Jacopo Pazzi attempts to exploit the scandalous elopement of his nephew Guglielmo with Lorenzo's sister Bianca, in order to undermine the Signoria's approval of the alliance with Milan. Lorenzo trades away advantages in order to allow his sister to marry her love. A wedding feast is held following the arrival of Lorenzo's wife Clarice from Rome. Giuliano becomes involved with Simonetta Vespucci.
124"Blood with Blood"
"Il prezzo del sangue"
Jon CassarFrancesco Arlanch30 October 2018 (2018-10-30)4.05
Bianca's wedding takes place. Clarice confronts Lorenzo's mistress and then Lorenzo. The mineral alum is discovered near Volterra, nominally within Florence's realm. Lorenzo strikes a deal with his Volterran friend Steffano Maffei to exploit and trade the discovery. Jacopo's insistence on wiping-out the Medici interferes with Lorenzo's deal with Francesco de' Pazzi to share the wealth of Volterra. Lorenzo proposes a marriage for his brother to allow an alliance with Venice, however Venice ends up looking elsewhere after Clarice intervenes. Volterran politics interfere in Lorenzo's plans when Maffei is murdered. Giuliano and a military contingent attack Volterra but the army cannot be contained and a slaughter takes place. Whilst there is rejoicing in Florence, Lorenzo and Giuliano are distressed by the turn of events. Lorenzo recognises the ally he has in Clarice.
135"Ties That Bind"
Jan MicheliniLulu Raczka & James Dormer6 November 2018 (2018-11-06)4.03
It is a year later. Lorenzo and Clarice, their relationship much improved, celebrate the birth of their child, Piero, with Francesco as godfather. Bianca is pregnant. Lorenzo's alliance of friendship with Francesco Pazzi pays dividends, however this causes much conflict between Francesco and his uncle. Milan acquires the city of Imola. The senior Pazzi sees this as an opportunity to drive a wedge between the Pope and Lorenzo. The Sforza agree to sell Imola to Lorenzo, and Lorenzo wants first his brother and then Francesco as Florence's governor there. However the senior Pazzi's plotting through his cousin Salviati leads to the threat to excommunicate Milan if he does not sell Imola to the Papal States. Giuliano confesses his relationship with Simonetta was the reason for his refusal to accept the Imola post. The senior Pazzi seeks to use Francesco's wife as a wedge between Francesco and Lorenzo, and when Francesco investigates further the circumstances of Novella's arrival in the city, he sees her arrival as part of a Medici plot, and throws her out of his house. Vespucci suspects his wife is having an affair.
Jan MicheliniFrancesco Arlanch6 November 2018 (2018-11-06)3.79
The Pazzi foment insurrection in nearby Città di Castello. Giuliano is distraught at the end of his affair and travels to Citta di Castello to try to quell the riots against Castello's leader. The Pope sees the situation there as a representation of all that is bad about the Medici's alliances, and seeks to bring order to the city. Both Pazzi and Lorenzo attempt to win broad support for their candidate to be the new Gonfaloniere of Florence. The struggle to win votes turns violent - Luca Soderini is murdered after vacillating regarding his vote when pressured by the Pazzi. Venice's envoy is upset after his daughter Novella is thrown-out of home by Francesco Pazzi, and this threatens Lorenzo's attempts to broker an alliance between Milan, Florence, and Venice to secure trade routes and interfere with the Pope's plans. Clarice attempts to lobby for her husband's candidate by again approaching her husband's ex mistress. Vespucci discovers who his wife's affair is with, and despite her being very ill, imprisons her when she refuses to renounce her love for Giuliano. Giuliano confronts Vespucci regarding his wife's absence, and is with her as she dies from her illness. He is disconsolate. Luca's son Bastiano is installed on the council, and Lorenzo wins the vote. Support for the alliance has consequences when in Milan, Sforza is brutally murdered.
Jan MicheliniJohn Fay13 November 2018 (2018-11-13)4.29
The new 9-year-old Duke of Milan and the regent, his mother, arrive to reaffirm Milan's alliance. Giuliano questions existence after his lover's death. Salviati and the Pazzi determine that they must rid the world of the Medici, and mercenaries are hired to do the deed. Their plans are overheard in Rome and as a result, Lorenzo's uncle Carlo de' Medici is locked-up. Pope Sixtus IV invites Lorenzo to Rome for peace talks however fearing for his safety he instead sends Clarice. Carlo is forced to pretend all is well when Clarice insists on meeting him. The Pazzi realise both Medici brothers must be murdered at once, and their plans are forced to continually change due to them not being together. Whilst stressing he could not countenance murder, the Pope agrees to sanction the removal of the Medici in Florence, and sends his 17-year-old nephew Cardinal Riario as an envoy with a retinue of 600 from the Papal army.
Jan MicheliniJohn Fay13 November 2018 (2018-11-13)4.21
The Pazzi conspiracy plays out. Having failed to bring to fruition any of their other plans, at High Mass in the Duomo on Sunday 26 April 1478 before a crowd of 10,000, Giuliano is stabbed 19 times by various mercenaries and Francesco Pazzi. He bleeds to death whilst his brother Lorenzo is seriously wounded as panic grips the congregation whilst mercenaries continue their attacks. Lorenzo, Clarice and his mother are kept safe, terrified, in the sacristy. Meanwhile, Salviati, holding the Gonfalionere hostage in the Palazzo della Signoria, talks to the crowds below indicating that the Pope has sanctioned the removal of the Medici. In the piazza, Pazzi and his nephew tell the crowd that the tyranny of the Medici is over, however they are locked out of the Signoria. With the coast clear, Lorenzo leaves the safety of the sacristy and mourns Giuliano. He walks the piazza and the crowd turns on the Pazzi, with many in the crowd highlighting the benefits to their trade of the Medici being in power. The coup fails, and the senior Pazzi attempts to ride out of town to the safety of the Papal Army massing outside, but the gates are closed and he must seek sanctuary. His nephew is hunted down. Lorenzo, now fully in control of the city, orders the destruction of everything to do with the Pazzi. He wants the family, its possessions, its symbols, and its history expunged from the city. An orgy of violence and looting takes place, leading to despair by Botticelli. Meanwhile, Bianca seeks assurances from her husband, a Pazzi, regarding his role and any knowledge of the conspiracy. Lorenzo's childhood memories of his friendship with Francesco, and words from his dying grandmother years ago, cloud his views of what to do with the conspirators. Salviati and Francesco are hanged from the walls of the Palazzo. Jacopo Pazzi is found by Lorenzo and is also hanged. Clarice appeals for Lorenzo to denounce and end the violence. Botticelli calls for Lorenzo to recognise that it is his kindness and not vengeance that had led the city to support him over the Pazzi. Lorenzo exiles Bianca, her husband and their baby. In Rome, the Pope is outraged by developments.

Season 3 (2019)

No. in
TitleItalian TitleDirected by [9]Written byOriginal air dateItaly viewers
Christian DuguayJames Dormer2 December 2019 (2019-12-02)4.84 [10]
A few years after the murder of Giuliano de' Medici, Lorenzo is shown more tactful and ruthless in dealing with the newly emerged political challenges spearheaded by Pope Sixtus IV and his ambitious nephew, Girolamo Riario. Riario wants to take the city of Florence by himself to destroy the Medici family. Sixtus asks Lorenzo to visit him in Rome and ask for forgiveness for hanging Bishop Salviati. Meanwhile, the mourning Medici family receives an orphaned young boy named Giulio who appears to have been fathered by the late Giuliano. The boy is embraced by Lucrezia and Clarice, but Lorenzo first denies acknowledgement of him as his nephew, before eventually witnessing Giuliano's ring in Giulio's hands, and accepting the boy. Giulio finds it hard to adjust to his new family. Meanwhile, Lorenzo releases Sixtus' nephew, Cardinal Raffaele, in exchange for his Uncle Carlo from Rome. Carlo is attacked, and barely escapes as he makes his return to Florence. Upon witnessing the deprivation over the Florentine public under excommunication, Clarice warns Lorenzo. After meeting a new priest in Florence, Girolamo Savonarola, and consulting with his newly appointed counselor Bruno Bernardi, Lorenzo convinces the bishops of Florence to challenge Sixtus by lifting the ban thus further enraging the pope and Riario, who respond by attacking Florence with the help of Kingdom of Naples.
182"The Ten"
"I Dieci"
Christian DuguayJames Dormer2 December 2019 (2019-12-02)4.00 [11]
With the threat of an attack by Naples Lorenzo vows to never let Florence fall yet faces internal opposition. He forms the Council of Ten to take control the unrest in the city. Clarice and her children are sent to the villa in Pistoia where Maddalena de' Medici (1473–1528) is born. Friar Girolamo Savonarola clashes with leadership as wives exert their influence. Lorenzo leaves for Naples to meet with Ferdinand I of Naples.
Christian DuguayStory by : Chris Hurford
Teleplay by : Guy Burt
3 December 2019 (2019-12-03)4.09 [12]
Lorenzo arrives in Naples and makes an appeal to Ferdinand to unite Naples and Florence. Lorenzo befriends Ferdinand by telling him of an Ottoman attack on Naples. He returns to Florence to celebrate his new alliance.
Christian DuguayFrancesco Arlanch3 December 2019 (2019-12-03)3.60 [13]
Seven years later, on the eve of a peace conference, Girolamo Riario's men seize Ferrara, 100 miles from Florence and takes their salt. Based on the actions by Riario, Pope Sixtus condemns Riario and accepts Lorenzo's invitation to a peace conference in Bagnolo. His mother Lucrezia confides in Clarice about her illness. Lorenzo's son Giovanni is sent to the Curia, in Rome to become a priest.
215"The Holy See"
"La Santa Sede"
Christian DuguayGuy Burt9 December 2019 (2019-12-09)4.10 [14]
In Rome, racked by chaos, Lorenzo and Clarice scramble to safeguard peace by helping to select the next pope. Lorenzo's son Giovanni and his cousin are in Rome to prepare for an ecclesiastical career. Lorenzo picks Cardinal Giovanni Battista Cybo for the next pope. Riario's wife befriends Clarice and she gives him evidence of corruption with certain popes. When Cybo wins, Riario and his men try to escape but are killed by Lorenzo and his guards. Friar Girolamo Savonarola preaches to a growing flock back in Florence.
226"A Man of No Importance"
"Un uomo senza importanza"
Christian DuguayCharlotte Wolfe9 December 2019 (2019-12-09)3.56 [15]
Lorenzo returns to Florence. Niccolò Ardinghelli turns up the pressure on the Medicis. Lorenzo brings together painters Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. Counselor Bruno revisits an old foe, his family. Tommaso Peruzzi is killed by Bernardi to protect Lorenzo.
237"Lost Souls"
"Anime perdute"
Christian DuguayDebbie Oates and Ian Kershaw11 December 2019 (2019-12-11)3.53 [16]
An uneasy peace settles on the Medici household and an ailing Lorenzo. Yet Florence is rife with rumors stirred by friar Girolamo Savonarola. Lorenzo's enemies attack Michelangelo's studio and Lorenzo's residence. After the death of Tommaso Peruzzi, Savonarola seeks to find the killer. Piero Medici (Lorenzo's 1st son) is groomed to succeed Lorenzo upon his death. Giovanni Medici (Lorenzo's 2nd son) is to become a cardinal. Lorenzo's wife, Clarice Orsini dies.
248"The Fate of the City"
"Il destino della città"
Christian DuguayJames Dormer11 December 2019 (2019-12-11)3.31 [17]
There is a funeral for Lorenzo's wife, Clarice. Friar Savonarola still controls the Florence people. Lorenzo decides to assassinate Savonarola but in the end, prevents the assassination attempt. The council of Ten is dissolved and the people rule Florence. Bruno Bernardi is hanged for his misdeeds. Lorenzo, on his deathbed, asks for God's forgiveness from friar Savonarola. Supporters of Savonarola collected and burned thousands of objects in a socalled bonfire of the vanities.


Season 1: Masters of Florence

Seasons 2–3: The Magnificent


Sergio Mimica-Gezzan directed all eight episodes in the first season.[19] The show's world premiere took place in Florence at Palazzo Vecchio on 14 October 2016, ahead of its premiere airing on RAI 1 on 18 October.

Filming for the second season started in Rome on 24 August 2017.[20]

On 28 August 2018 filming for the third season started in Formello, outside Rome.[21]

Historical accuracy

During an interview at the Roma Fest panel in 2015, Spotnitz stated, "the season will be more thriller than historical saga... we begin the show with a 'what if' because we don't know how Giovanni de' Medici died. One of the questions that haunts Cosimo, is whether his father was murdered".[22]


Several noticeable locations are used throughout the series, in addition to sets and sound stages:

The creators took significant liberties with sets, often showing interior decorations, works of art, and exterior landscapes that were created many years after the events described in the series which occur in the mid-1430s. For example, the Medici Palazzo was built in 1440s–1480s and the Benozzo Gozzoli frescoes of Magi Chapel shown in the Cosimo study were executed in 1459–61. The Lorenzo rooms are decorated with the Giulio Romano fresco "Mars and Venus" which was painted in the 1520s in Palazzo Te in Mantova. During the episode exile in Venice, the church of Santa Maria della Salute built in the 1630s is repeatedly shown as part of the Venice city landscape. Villa Medici contains "Fortitude and Temperance with Six Antique Heroes" by Perugino, painted in 1497.

Technical details

Medici: Masters of Florence was originated in 4k video and broadcast in this format on the free Italian satellite service Tivu whilst on the Italian Digital Terrestrial service DVB-T2 it was broadcast in Full-HD 1920×1080.

Two audio tracks were broadcast: Rai TV gave satellite and terrestrial viewers the option to watch the series in Italian or English.[27]

International transmission

Netflix carries out the show in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and India since December 2016.[3]

The series is broadcast in 190 countries worldwide, including on SBS in Australia,[4] on Fox Premium in Latin America, SFR's premium SVOD service Zive in France, Sky 1 in Germany,[28] on RTP1 in Portugal, and on RTS2 in Serbia. It was also sold in Japan, Israel, and New Zealand.[29]

Home media

Season DVD releases
Italy United Kingdom
Medici: Masters of Florence 22 March 2017 (2017-03-22) 11 December 2017 (2017-12-11)
Medici: The Magnificent 24 January 2019 (2019-01-24)
I Medici: Nel nome della famiglia 15 January 2020

The second season was also released in Blu-Ray (Region B) on 24 January 2019. Both Italian editions have the original audio track in English and the Italian-dubbed audio track.

Other media

On 16 October 2018, a novelisation of the events told in the second season titled I Medici – Lorenzo il Magnifico was published in Italy by Michele Gazo.


The soundtrack for the series was composed by Paolo Buonvino.[30] The opening theme song Renaissance was produced with the collaboration of Skin. A video clip for the song was also published the day before the series premiered in Italy.[31]

The opening theme song for the second season changed. Skin and Buonvino collaborated on a variation of the original opening sequence song titled Revolution Bones. Ian Arber composed additional music for the second season.

On 20 December 2019 the full soundtrack I Medici (Music from the Original TV Series) was released by Sugar Music with a total of 47 tracks composed by Paolo Buonvino.[32]

Track listing

Disc 1
2."Dulcis amor"1:24
3."The Engagement"2:10
4."The Bank"5:31
6."The Conclave Procession"0:48
7."Lorenzo The Magnificent"2:27
9."Dulcis amor, Pt. 2"2:33
10."Vidi aliam bestiam"3:22
11."Pleni sunt"3:42
12."Return to Florence"1:24
13."The Play"0:55
14."Gloria patris"1:57
15."Conium maculatum"5:12
17."The Battle"1:26
19."Love for Duty"3:20
20."Sanctus Kyrie"2:05
22."The Contract"1:45
23."Lorenzo's Kyrie"1:37
29."The Castle"2:28
31."Cosimo's Thoughts"2:28
32."A Moment of Joy"0:43
33."The Dome and the Plague"1:49
34."Cosimo and Contessina"2:28
35."The Truth"5:05
Disc 2
1."Revolution Bones (Paolo Buonvino & Skin)"1:18
2."Attack on the Carriage"3:02
3."La giostra"3:50
5."Gratia et misericordia"4:58
6."La congiura dei Pazzi"5:31
7."Vision of the Future"2:48
Disc 3
4."Alma mia"3:25
5."Renaissance (Paolo Buonvino & Skin)"5:25
Total length:2:19:00



Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2016 Capri TV series Award TV series Medici: Masters of Florence Won
2018 La Chioma di Berenice Best Makeup in Fiction[33] Giancarlo Del Brocco (for Medici: Masters of Florence) Won
Best Production Design in Fiction[33] Francesco Frigeri (for Medici: Masters of Florence) Won
Best Costumes in Fiction[34] Alessandro Lai (for Medici: Masters of Florence) Nominated
Best Soundtrack[34] Paolo Buonvino (for Medici: Masters of Florence) Nominated
Best Hairstyling[34] Francesco Pegoretti (for Medici: Masters of Florence) Nominated
2019 MUSIC+SOUND Awards Best Original Composition in Television Programme Titles[35] Medici: The Magnificent Nominated


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