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Museo di San Marco

Piazza San Marco 1, Florence, Italy
39 55 238 8608
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Ranked #12 of 222 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Kingwood, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Located just past the Accademia, this gem of a museum is a wonderful intro to monastic life and to Beato Angelico. The operative word here is serene. This Dominican convent was consecrated in 1443 and it retains that otherworldly splendor. The frescoed interior is an inspiration, both bright and meaningful. The upper level cells, simplistic yet focused, are as good... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Slightly out of the central area this is another place dripping with history. Perhaps ideal for a slightly shorter visit than some of the main attractions but well worth making the effort to see, More important works of art and some interesting history of the early renaissance.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The frescos in San Marco by fra Angelico are exquisite. Seeing where the monks lived was very interesting, and there were some interesting items owned by Savanarola on display as well. Learning more about the history of Savanarola's last days was interesting as well. Definitely recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This was our first visit to Florence and the first museum we visited but after two weeks in Italy it remained our most spiritually uplifting experience. This was probably only made possible by the excellent English speaking guide and of course the great artworks shown in their original context. The Annunciation frescoes and pictures were painted with incredible sensitivity, this... More

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Marano Di Napoli, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It's definitely one of the most beautiful museums in Florence, situated in a big monastery dating back to the Renaissance. It's the Dominican Monastery where Girolamo Savonarola lived. Here you can see the works in the place to which the main part of them were realized. È di sicuro tra i musei più belli di Firenze, collocato all'interno di un... More

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Orange, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Fra Angelico's art was meant to be seen by the monks at San Marco and that is where it remains today--affixed to the walls of the cells in fresco. While his famous Annunciation is in a hallway and larger than all the other frescoes, it is a treat to go into individual cells and discover what only one man at... More

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Like the previous reviewer, we went to the Museum and just by chance were at the right time to join the free English-speaking tour at 12.30pm. What an inspirational speaker! He brought Fra Angelico's amazing frescoes to life and we could have listened to him for the eight hours he jokingly told us the tour would last! It is a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The experience of being in this museum is very special. The afrescos are so beautiful! Much more when you see them "face-to-face". While I was starring at Fra Angelico's Annunciation there was an American women close to me saying she could not believe in the colors of the afresco, she said something like "the pink of the dress is incredible!".... More

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

We walked past the massive queues for the other museums in Florence to get to musee do San Marco and we're so glad we did! Yes the rooms upstairs are very similar but it was such a peaceful place compared the hustle and bustle outside. We sat in the courtyard downstairs and cooled down. Loved it

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled across a tour in the museum and are so glad we did the staff member , sorry didn't get his name was fabulous . The museum tour with him meant history came alive as he explained the beautiful paintings within and the history of the Dominican monks who lived there at the time of Cosimo , this was... More

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