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Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine

Piazza del Carmine 14 | Oltrarno, Florence, Italy
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Ranked #41 of 222 Attractions in Florence
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Traveler Description: Upon entering the side door at the Santa Maria del Carmine (€4.00), you find yourself visiting the Brancacci Chapel, started by Masolino da Panicale... more »
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Campinas, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The Afrescos in this church are very, very beautiful. It doesn't take long to visit it. But it is one of my favorites in Florence! Try to do it the same day as the Palazzo Pitti, than you can stroll around Santo Spirito, a less touristy but very live and nice neighbourhood

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Trim Co. Meath
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I first saw Francesco da Mosto and Dame Maggie Smith visit this chapel in Francesco's travel programme "Italy Top to Toe" and it's been an ambition to visit this little known chapel and view the frescoes by Ghirlandaio first hand , and I wasn't disappointed. The colours are breathtaking and the subjects fascinating. Totally captivating. The expulsion of Adam and... More

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Cleveland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

If you take the time to read up on this chapel before visiting so you know a little about who did which portion of the frescoes in the chapel, you will get a lot more out of the visit. Masaccio truly was a master, as comparing his work to the work of the others shows. The church--which was open when... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The frescoes are really amazing and completely worth the visit. Plus they have a great guide that explains each section of the paintings. I'm just not sure why the rest of the church is closed off to visitors. It looks beautiful from behind the ropes, why not allow visitors to see that, too? There are no crowds and the chapel... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This chapel is on the other side of the Arno in Oltrarno, so there aren't many visitors which is a shame. You'll see some of the most beautiful frescoes ever created and restored here. It's directly across from a large parking area, so you can't miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were lucky to hit the chapel when only one other visitor was present. I could not believe this as the frescos are hugely important pieces of art. The church section was closed. If you are not an art history buff, it is worth it to read a bit about the frescos, even wiki, to better appreciate the experience. Supposedly... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is run by the municipality, not the church. It's a great opportunity to see Renaissance frescoes well restored and displayed in their original location. Well lit. On the other side of the Arno from the Duomo, but worth the walk. A famous expulsion from the Garden of Eden and other images painted by Masaccio. Other artists too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Lesser crowds, more time to admire the beauty of florence. An opportunity to also sit and watch people. Surprising how many Italians visiting

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

As this tourist attraction is on the oltrarno it seems to be off the tour list as it was lovely and peaceful with no big groups. The frescoes are stunning and the ceilings of the church brilliant too. Definitely worth a visit!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

How fortunate we are that the Brancacci Chapel has survived at all. It is a gem of the early Renaissance now restored and open for all to enjoy. I had longed to see this chapel over many years and was not disappointed. How could one be when the paintings reveal the development of the Renaissance artist's understanding of perspective and... More

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