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Museo delle Sinopie

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Address: Piazza del Duomo, 20126 Pisa, Italy
Phone Number: 050-560-547
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The proximity to the nearby wonder doesn't help to appreciate this museum

The guidebooks (and also the captions in the museum) tell us that the "sinopie" herein (ie, the sketches of the frescoes then executed in the near "Camposanto") are a leading... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 12, 2015
Florence, Italy
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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This museum has the luxury of being meters away from one of the most famous monuments in the world. We unfortunately did not have the chance to experience because the staff was so rude we chose to leave. We watched the video in the lobby before deciding that we would indeed visit the museum. It was a rainy day, and... More 

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Florence, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The guidebooks (and also the captions in the museum) tell us that the "sinopie" herein (ie, the sketches of the frescoes then executed in the near "Camposanto") are a leading document on ancient fresco techniques. Don't want to dispute this statement; just I would point out that these monochrome sketches, sometimes of impressive dimensions, are - unlike what happens in... More 

1 Thank Brun066
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wickedly cool art statues and frescoes. Nice calm place without all the people to sit and admire the simple pieces.

1 Thank Sandi N
Chapeltown, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I have been here before: One day I hope to go again. There are two informative audio-visual exhibits on the ground floor as others have commented, helpful for anyone who wants to know more about the leaning tower and other buildings. However, the sinope are the real stars. Frescoes I can take or leave, often over-worked, over-restored but to see... More 

2 Thank M0andCo
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The fresco sketches in this interesting museum aren't immediately impressive but give them some time and concentration and they will reward your attention. They give a behind the scenes look into the way Medieval and Renaissance masters composed their frescoes, sometimes with painstaking detail, sometimes with a spontaneous boldness of line and a few inspired squiggles. Don't rush them! I'd... More 

4 Thank Sketcher2014
Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

After visiting the tower and the cathedral, we wanted to visit the museum, when asking the desk clerk about what admission to the museum covered (I wasn't sure how many galleries there were) she was exceptionally rude and patronizing due to my poor italian. The modern art exhibit is really interesting and quite cool, if you can get past the... More 

1 Thank Chrysta C
Alcester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Vinnyandbabs below saw much more than we did. My wife's feet were hurting so we did not go upstairs; perhaps the good bits were up there but the ground floor was boring unless you are specifically interested in restoration of frescoes. But it only costs one extra euro.

1 Thank AnotherEngineer
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The exhibition here is much less than its vibrant neighbour sites, so do not expect the same awe factor. However, having visited the Camposanto before (which I truly recommend!), I appreciated the synopie much more, and the history of how they were unearthed. I still would have taken the short visit here.

3 Thank Ice_D_8
Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This museum would have been worth the stop, the entry fee, and 5 stars just for the film on the Leaning Tower and all the efforts (well conceived and ill conceived) to save it. In addition, the exhibit of real frescoes demonstrating in great detail how they were made will help you appreciate all that you see on your tour... More 

2 Thank vinnyandbabs
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

You have to enter here anyway to find the ticket office for the tower and/or baptistery. But don't think the museum has more to offer: it is just stones with vanished paintings. I felt puzzled. What was this all about? No, save your money for something else. Or for a pizza or a souvenir.

1 Thank VincenzoH1962

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