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Chiostro dello Scalzo

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Address: Via Cavour 69 | Via XXVII aprile, 50123, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055216725
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Mon 8:15 am - 1:45 pm
Thu 8:15 am - 1:45 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

This little-known cloister is one of the most beautiful spaces in the city,...

This little-known cloister is one of the most beautiful spaces in the city, holding some of the most important frescoes of the 1500s. The monochrome walls of the cloister feature the masterpiece frescoes of Andrea del Sarto.

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A seldom visited free museum with gorgeous frescos

Few tourists ever visit Chiostro dello Scalzo, which is a pity. I was taken by my guide as a part of the Salon/Sanctuary Sacro/Profano Festival, and this is one more hidden... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Few tourists ever visit Chiostro dello Scalzo, which is a pity. I was taken by my guide as a part of the Salon/Sanctuary Sacro/Profano Festival, and this is one more hidden treasure our guide took us to see. It is located at 43°46'46.4"N 11°15'34.2"E, at Via Camillo Benso Cavour, 69. It is located 200 meters from the San Marco Museum... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

The Chiostro dello Scalzo is a cloister that depicts some work of Andre Del Sarto. Located on Via Cavour, it is a nice quiet space that has a lot of work depicting the life of John the Baptist.

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Lauria, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2014

Somewhere away from the teeming hordes. A cloister painted by the underated Andrea Del Sarto although Michelanagelo rated him as a painter. The whole cycle is painted in grisaille technique to show his mastery of the painted form. Based in the life of John the Baptist the whole place and work excudes calm and serenity something in short supply in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Chiostro dello Scalzo will give you one of the best artexperiences you can get in Florence. It is very close to San Marco and the Medici-Riccardi palace, so if you are in this area when this place is open, go! The adress is Via Cavour 69, opening times: Monday, Thursday, 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday, 2nd and 4th Sunday... More 

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Reading, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

This cloister houses the Andrea del Sarto frescoes depicting the life of St. John the Baptist. The cloister is a bit away from most of the tourist attractions, but it is within walking distance. It is open limited hours, so check the internet for opening hours. We were there on a Monday morning. Admission is free, but they do ask... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

This little known gem is located a little bit outside of the perimeter usually visited by tourists, but it is wortth walking (less than two blocks) from the S. Marco church to visit the Chiostro. There is catch: the visiting hours are restricted (no visits after 1:50 PM) and quite complicated to figure out - if I understood correctly Mondays... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

The Chiostro dello Scalzo is one of the most delightful, as well as one of the most tranquil, spaces in the whole of Florence. The cloister is only open on Monday, Thursday and Saturday morning, but if you happen to be in the city at any of those times, make sure you visit it. You will not be disappointed. The... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

An interesting, unique, beautiful and quiet little rectangular shaped cloister that once led to a chapel of the Compagnie dello Scalzo In c1508 the renowned artist Andrea del Sarto, who was a member of the Scalzo, was commissioned to paint the series of 12 frescoes, that can be seen here, depicting the life of St. John the Baptist in 'grissaille'... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2011

I'd recommend once you are in Florence. Maybe it's not very famous but it's worth to see because of the cycle of grisaille frescoes (of the life of St. John) by Andrea del Sarto and Franciabigio. It's quiet and tiny (it used to be an entrance to the church) but unique and interesting even if you are not an art... More 

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