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Museo di San Marco

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Address: Piazza San Marco, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 39 55 238 8608
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Mon - Fri 8:15 am - 1:15 pm
Sat 8:15 am - 4:15 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Opened to the public in 1869, this museum houses the largest collection of...
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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Hundreds queuing for Michelangelo's David at la Accademia. Let them wait, go to Fra Angelico's most beautiful frescoes just a hundred meters down the road in San Marco Convent.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Hundreds queuing for Michelangelo's David at la Accademia. Let them wait, go to Fra Angelico's most beautiful frescoes just a hundred meters down the road in San Marco Convent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Bigger than the Academia and a fraction of the people, San Marco is an old monastery with ancient frescos in almost each room. Simply a great place to visit and escape the crowds. I stop by every time I'm here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This place is right across the square from where we are staying, but we had neglected to visit it with so many attractions in the city. Today we decided to check it out and we were not disappointed. They have a large collection of Fra Angelico's works as well as many pieces of ancient architectural relics saved from destroyed buildings... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

As others have said, this is your destination if you want to spend time with Fra Angelico's beautiful frescoes. The rooms off the ground floor cloister also house a small but exquisite selection of paintings. I must have lingered for close to an hour in that one room. Upstairs you will find the cells, each with its own fresco, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We stopped in at the Museo di San Marco. The frescoes are numerous, and quite lovely in their simplicity. It is peaceful and pretty within the monastery, a contrast to the city around it. Was interesting to see the simple cells in which the monks lived (except Savonarola's - which was more of a "suite.")

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A tour guide recommended it here as it was a beautiful church and museum and no queue at all. Cost for the church - FREE Cost for the Museum - 4 Euro In the church they were playing the organ, the sound was incredible. The Museum was full of wonderful art and shows how the Dominican Monks lived - it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This small museum holds many beautiful pieces, particularly Fra Angelico's "Annunciation". Also the illustrated calligraphy manuscripts are especially interesting. The museum has a peaceful and airy feel throughout, making it a pleasant tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

beautiful building and frescos by Fra Angelico. walking through the monastery and seeing each cell is amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Fra Angelico's most famous Fresco painting, "Annunciation" is here. Also there are beautifully illustrated manuscripts. Courtyard is so tranquil.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

San Marco is a 15-minute walk from central Florence, but well worth it. You're taken back in time as you stroll what was essentially a monastery. The private living quarters for those who lived and worked their are adorned with the beautiful and reflective simplicity of frescos by Fra Angelico. You feel like you're miles away from the touristy bustle... More 

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Address: Piazza San Marco, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 39 55 238 8608
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > San Marco
Open Hours:
Monday 8:15 am - 1:15 pm
Tuesday 8:15 am - 1:15 pm
Wednesday 8:15 am - 1:15 pm
Thursday 8:15 am - 1:15 pm
Friday 8:15 am - 1:15 pm
Saturday 8:15 am - 4:15 pm

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San Marco
The pleasant atmosphere of this residential area, a stone’s throw away from the Duomo of Florence, surprises everyone. A continuous flow of backpacking students provides the tranquil surroundings for the elderly residents who sit in Piazza San Marco to read the daily newspaper. Home to several universities, including the Academy of Fine Arts, San Marco is one of the most vibrant cultural centers in the city. A bridge connecting the modern cultural activity of Florence to its classic art, represented by the everlasting magnificence of the original David, resonates as a symbol of Florence and of Italy as a whole. Get lost in a Neoclassic world, a journey back in time through historic buildings like Spedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents), San Marco church, Basilica della Santissima Annunziata, and natural jewels like the Botanical Gardens.
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