Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,609 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Definitely not my favorite spot in Florence. The interior is pretty mundane and I failed to find anything of interest there. It was completely empty inside. Only the statue of Girolamo Savonarola caught my eye.

Piazza San Marco is under serious construction.
Written March 18, 2023
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D4569MOib
Cincinnati, OH16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
One of Florence’s less busy places of worship SAN Marco is both a working church and a convent museum. Here are works by fra Angelico and fra Bartolomeo and Savonarola preached here. The cells mostly have wonderful allegorical wall paintings and Cosimo de Medici had his own suite of cells when he needed to get away from it all. Because it is a walk from the Duomo it is not busy with tourists in comparison to other sights and you can still get a feeling of inner quiet sat around the cloisters. The museum is small but has some wonderful items on show.
Written March 7, 2018
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The Basilica di San Marco is located on a small public square by the same name in the city centre of Florence. It includes a church which is free to visit. Do check opening times as they seem to vary from day to day. You will also find a convent here which is where you find the important Museo Nazionale di San Marco.

The church history dates back to the 12th-century. What you see today is an 18th-century Baroque facade while the interior features numerous 15th-17th-century highlights within its single nave structrue including small side chapels, some designed by Giambologna, fresco works as well as a Crucifix altarpiece by Fra. Angelico and the Madonna and Saints by Fra. Bartolomeo amongst other beautiful works by Italian artists.

Overall, it is a fine church to visit, fairly overshadowed by the remarkable museum within the Basilica complex. Yet it is free to visit and walk around and see additional Fra. Angelico works along with others worthy of your time, especially if making way to this location to visit the museum anyway. Pop into the church as well for an extra 10-15 minutes.
Written April 6, 2024
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Djordje M
Belgrade, Serbia1,207 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Lying in the Piazza di San Marco, this basilica was actually the first one we visited in Firenze. It's free to visit inside, and it's worth your time. Even if other ones, like Duomo, Santa Maria Novella or Santa Croce are more fascinating, this basilica also deserves attention. It's also near Galleria Academia, so if you plan to visit, that's your chance to stop by and visit San Marco basilica. It's worth it
Written September 24, 2019
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Deltablade
Buckinghamshire, UK530 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Lesser known attraction on the tourist circuit this church /convent / museum dates from the 12th Century (founded as a monastery) with, inevitably, later links to the Medicis (1400s).
Library with a vast collection of musical manuscripts. In order that these be preserved the pages have to be kept under dim light and the pages turned regularly to ensure minimal exposure. There is an absence of helpful guidance as you walk rounds making full historical appreciation difficulty. There is a fascinating account (in English ..yee-ha!) of the history of the church bell that in 1498 was put on trial, whipped (reminiscent of Basil lashing his misbehaving car with a branch in Fawlty Towers!) and sent into exile to return, restored, only as recently in 2010. Skip the dormitory (upstairs) ..there’s nothing of interest. Part is still a working convent though you would never know. Important and well worth visiting but not a top ten tourist attraction if in Florence for only a short time.
Written May 30, 2019
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Martin H
Stockport, UK640 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
This is one of the less well known sites of Florence and is a working church so services are still held there. It is richly decorated but not overwhelming so with no entrance fee is a good choice for those who get overwhelmed by art galleries. The main highlight for me was the body of St Antoninus which is on public display but is easily missed - you need to go into the final chapel on the LHS as you face the altar. Worth combining with a visit to the museum next door
Written October 2, 2017
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Gill Murphy
Sowerby Bridge, UK569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
I loved this church. Very restful with some great art work. Not the best church in Florence, but certainly worth a visit.
Written April 23, 2023
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,102 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is an ordinary basilica, located in an ugly square bearing the same name.
The basilica was constantly closed, despite arriving on its opening hours.
Written December 17, 2022
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Susan1921
Romford, UK552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This building is absolutely stunning. Make sure you have your shoulders covered or you will be charged €2 for an item that you’ll have to purchase from them, no large bags/ hold-all’s and no photos are allowed to be taken in the cathedral. We pre-paid online €3 to enter this church, not a bad price we thought! Then you enter and are guided in a queue, follow everyone else but you reach a gate and every section of the church has it’s another €3 ! We just used our online payment and you’re out in no time. Shame really as it’s a stunning building. But worth the outside view
Written July 25, 2019
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Michael T
Edinburgh, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
I was doing a solo morning walk away from the busy tourist attraction and found a place of beauty and quiet reflection in this amazing cathedral. The art and sculptures could be studied for hours. It is a working church with all you’d expect from that fact.
Written May 14, 2019
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