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“Worth a look when in Florence” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museo di San Marco

Museo di San Marco
Piazza San Marco 1, Florence, Italy
39 55 238 8608
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Ranked #12 of 219 attractions in Florence
Type: Art Museums
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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.
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“Worth a look when in Florence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

As all the other reviewers have mentioned, this is the stop to see some of Fra Angelico's beautiful frescoes. It was also interesting to look inside each of the monk cells, even Savonarola's. It's a big place too and so peaceful compared to the busy bus stops just outside.

Visited June 2014
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“Very Worthwhile”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

It was enjoyable to see the frescoes in each of the monk’s cells. Some time ago I had read of this project completed by Fra Angelico, so, from an art historical standpoint, found it to be very worth the price of admission. One curiosity was how similar the compositions and subject matter of some of the murals were. Also interesting was to see how much larger the cell for Cosimo di Medici was. Additional tempera paintings that were on display by Fra Angelico and others working in the Italo-Byzantine and Early Renaissance styles were very worth seeing, as well. The museum is open during limited hours, so make sure to check that before going. It took us 3 tries before we finally got there when they were open. They close by 2:00 PM most days and are not open at all on others, if I recall correctly.

Visited June 2014
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“Absolutely loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Although I had lived in Florence many years ago, somehow I'd never gotten to San Marco to see Fra Angelico's frescoes. They are amazing, and being able to see them in the monk cells they were painted for was moving--plus the great frescoes in the public spaces around the cloisters and the wonderful collection of alter pieces.

Visited July 2014
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“A magical place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This museum is one of Florence's hidden gems. It is an old monastry that houses the frescos painted by one of its monks, the sublime Fra Angelico. Visitors have the double bonus of seeing beautiful art in a sublime context. It is also an oasis of calm from the hubbub of Florence outside.

Visited June 2014
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“Magic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Fra Angelico's frescos in the halls and cells of the convent, are beautiful. One of his frescoes, THe Annunciation, you see while ascending the staircase to the upper floor. Halfway up, you turn right, look up, and see what a beauteous thing awaits you. I asked questions of one of the people employed there, and he was informative and fascinating, without being preachy. One of my favorite spots. I think they are only opened in the mornings, so check the times before going. Approximate time for visit 30 - 60 minutes.

Visited July 2014
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