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“Don't miss these frescoes!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine

Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine
Piazza del Carmine 14 | Oltrarno, Florence, Italy
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Ranked #60 of 414 things to do in Florence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The church and convent of the Carmine in Florence were founded shortly after the middle of the thirteenth century, by a group of Carmelite monks from Pisa. In the church we find the Brancacci Chapel, a masterpiece known around the world for its frescoes of the Life of Saint Peter by Masaccio and Masolino. Created between 1425-1427, the frescoes were left incomplete and finished by Filippino Lippi between 1481 and 1482
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“Don't miss these frescoes!”
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 we visited--is itself very impressive, and also seeing the chapel from the church (rather than the small reserved area in front of it) was worthwhile. (On a prior visit, the church was closed; not sure why it is sometimes open and other times closed.)

Visited July 2014
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“Wow Frescoes! Rest of the Church?”
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 is beautiful, so the money is well-spent, I just wanted to see the rest!

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“Come for the frescoes!”
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.

Visited June 2014
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“Renaissance gem without the crowds”
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 Michaelangelo was punched in the nose on the small steps of the chapel resulting in his famous profile. And there I stood! Typical Italian church dress code is expected. A great visit after a magnificent lunch down the road at Vecchia Bettola.

Visited July 2014
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“Fabulous Frescoes by Masaccio and others”
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.

Visited July 2014
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