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Museo di San Marco

Address: Piazza San Marco, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 39 55 238 8608
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Ranked #10 of 221 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Opened to the public in 1869, this museum houses the largest collection of sacred art in Florence...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:15 am - 1:15 pm
Sat 8:15 am - 4:15 pm
Owner description: Opened to the public in 1869, this museum houses the largest collection of sacred art in Florence including a sweeping fresco by Giovanni Antonio Sogliani and a superb collection of works by Mariotto Albertinelli.

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Holt, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Absolutely not to be missed. If you must, spend a few minutes admiring Michelangelo's *David* at the Accademia - and then come over here, just next door, to see some of what one of Michelangelo's greatest predecessors accomplished. Plan to spend at least an hour or two.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

Don't miss the second floor where there are different frescoes in each of the private rooms. It was a very nice museum. There was some English signage - but not for all items.

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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Museo di San Marco has a lot to offer and I don't take back anything that I said in my previous review about the highlight of the tour - the Last Supper by Ghirlandiao - being missed as people hurry through the bookshop. That said there are other paintings by Fra Beato Angelico - including an enormous crucifixion with Saints... More 

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Moraine, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Religious art, monastery cubicles, medieval art, and statuary; museum is amazing. The cubicles each had a different (some similar) fresco of a particular saint or event in biblical history. Just being in a place of such history is an experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Beautifull quiet museum far away from the thousands of hords of mass-tourists from all sort of nations. The essence of Christianity in the paintings of il Beato Angelico in the 40 former cells of the Dominican Fathers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I never get tired of looking at the incredible frescoes which Fra Angelico painted in all the cells for the monks. On the ground floor, there are also Fra Angelico paintings. It is mind boggling to think how many paintings and frescoes were done by this master. This is a definite Florence "must see."

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We stumbled on this after visiting the Academy, and it is really lovely. An old convent, there is a lot of art and frescoes to admire, upstairs you see the Anunciation at the top of the stairs. Down the corridor the monks cells are opened to view, each with a small window and it's own fresco. The church next door... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Look for a non-descript door next to the main door of San Marco Church. Plan to spend about an hour visiting the various rooms. Be sure to go upstairs to see the monks' cells with a fresco in each one. You won't be able to miss "the Annunciation" at the top of the stairs. The exit to the museum is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

It's a trifecta of famous at the Museum of San Marco. It houses Savonarola's rooms as well as those of Cosimo de Medici. Painted at the top of the stairs is Fra Angelico's Annunciation. It is sublime. The rest of the building is interesting but lacks the impact of the monastic rooms.

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The Museo di San Marco was one of my favorite places in Florence. It offers an incredibly unique experience: the unrivaled collection of Fra Angelico's work, all mostly in the places where it was originally painted. Going into each monk's cell and seeing the fresco chosen for that monk and his spiritual development was incredibly moving. Fra Angelico painted with... More 

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