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“Beautiful but not all was open” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Maria del Carmine

Santa Maria del Carmine
Piazza del Carmine, 50124 Florence, Italy
+39 055 238 2195
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Ranked #138 of 414 things to do in Florence
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Owner description: An elegant church decorated by Masaccio's famous frescoes on the life of St. Peter.
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“Beautiful but not all was open”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

Frescoes in the Chapel were beautiful but was disappointed that neither the media room nor the room of the last supper were open. At 6 euros I felt the price to view the chapel was a little steep

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“Another empty church !!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Dont believe guide book opening times. This church like most in Florence closes 12 - 2 pm. As like most of the churches we visited in Florence this one is free entry and empty. Why ? When will people realise that there is more to Florence than the Uffizi and the disappointing duomo

Visited August 2012
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“Really only interesting for the attached Brancacci Chapel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

This Church is a church built for the people - with accompanying convent, hospital and old people sanctuary - unlike neighbouring Santa Spirito, which was built purely as a place of worship for the rich people of the area. It is interesting as the Monastery that took in the 8 year old orphaned Fillipo Lippi where the other Monks had the sense to put this troublesome child to work with a paintbrush!!
It has been rebuilt and re-painted in 1782 following a terrible fire in 1771, which destroyed most of the church but almost miraculously the Brancacci frescoes in the separate little chapel were preserved. There is some remarkable trompe d'oile on the ceiling which can keep you guessing which is real and which painted for a while, but otherwise a bit too busy with Baroche and Rococco for my personal taste. The outside of the Church probably looks much the same as it did when it was founded in the 13th Century - no marble fascia - no decoration -and fortunately I do love it for that as I live opposite it!

Visited August 2012
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“An unmissable chapel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

The gorgeous, colorful frescoes fill the Branacci side chapel from floor to ceiling and are both beautiful in and of themselves and an important breakthrough in Renaissance art. If you'd be interested in some background on the art and history of the place, bring along a Blue Guide or read up on Renaissance art a little beforehand -- it's worth it to really appreciate these images so you know what kinds of details and interesting symbols to look for.
You can walk into the church itself for free (which is a nice cool break on a warm day), but you'll have to pay a small fee and go around to the side entrance to get near the Branacci chapel. They have a movie that shows every hour or so that is definitely miss-able (although its cheesy computer graphics are pretty hilarious).

Visited July 2012
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“Beautiful and under-visited”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

I was surprised at how few people were here. The Brancacci Chapel draws many visitors because of the famous Giotto paintings of St. Peter, but compared to other churches in the city, it seemed empty. Which made for a lovely, spiritual, contemplative experience. The baroque architecture is quietly spectacular and I was glad I spent time here.

Visited June 2012
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