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Museo di San Marco

Piazza San Marco 1, Florence, Italy
39 55 238 8608
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Ranked #13 of 220 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Fra Anglico was a brother at this church - as was the controversial Savonarola. This monastery would have been off limits to outsides for most of its working life and never would a woman be allowed in. Of course, now that Savonarola has been burned at the stake and modern times have reached Renaissance Florence, anyone with a E6 ticket... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This museum was less crowded than other Florence attractions such as the Accademia, the Uffiz & the Duomo which was nice. We enjoyed going from one monk cell to another and seeing frescos in each depicting the story of Christ. Very nice also to rest in the courtyard. Allow an hour or at most two for your visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

It's very difficult not to give 5 star reviews to all of the wonderful art galleries and historic churches in Florence. But this beautiful monastery would have had a personal six stars from me if it had been possible. I spent all my school days looking at a copy of Fra Angelico's Annunciation but nothing prepared me for seeing the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We loved the first floor cells beautifully decorated with arch shaped frescoes by Fra Angelico. Nothing to dislike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This monastery housed some leading figures in Florentine history including Fra Angelico who left beautiful frescoes in almost every room and cell. The story of the monk Savonarolla was fascinating and provided a glimpse into the late 15th century. This museum is slightly off the beaten path, a little bit quieter then most and has a very peaceful, serene atmosphere.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went to see the Fra Angelicos, and his frescoes in the monks' cells are so vivid, soulful & immediate, they melted the 600 year gap between us and their making. I was so moved by this impeccably kept place and the richness of its holdings, and I appreciated how quiet it was inside during our visit (maybe 5-10 other... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Fra Angelico central. To see his beautiful frescos in situ in the upstairs monks quarters (a surprisingly bright and cheerful place) is an experience I will cherish forever. Ditch the Uffizi and l'Accademie crowds for a while and don't miss this serene and uplifting experience, even if only visiting Florence for a short time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I just love Fra Angelico. Could not believe that I find so many of his paintings under one roof. It is definitely worth visiting, just 10 minutes walk from Piazza del Duomo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Museo di San Marco quietly stirs the imagination. How beautiful the frescoes of Fra Angelique are, how interesting to see the monks quarters, how horrible to envision the story of Savonarola and the Bonfire of the Vanities. If you like the history of art and of Florence, you will enjoy this serene adventure. This was my favourite museum in Florence.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

While the frescos and featured artworks by Fra Angelica and others are interesting to behold, what fascinates me most is the complex in general, particularly the upper area. The individual cells are a wonder to me, particularly the windowless ones. All cells were clearly not equal. The opportunity to see the art in each cell, particularly the series along the... More

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