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Cappella Brancacci

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Address: Piazza del Carmine | Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, 50124, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 00390552382195
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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The church and convent of the Carmine in Florence were founded shortly...

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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Came for the frescoes, stayed for the feast

This is a very beautiful church. And while you do need a reservation and a ticket, it is not very crowded. There was a small school group there at our time, but otherwise I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very beautiful church. And while you do need a reservation and a ticket, it is not very crowded. There was a small school group there at our time, but otherwise I think the place would have been empty. The Massacio frescoes are so nice to see, and the other works in the church are wonderful, too. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This chapel is on the "other" side of the Arno River and takes a map to find it easily. It is an essential pinnacle of early Renaissance painting by the great Massacio and his friend or teacher Masolino. It was later finished by Fra Filippino Lippi, but the styles are fairly uniform and Massacio's great, down-to-earth and dramatic style is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a little hard to find, but well worth the search. The story told by the images is powerful and beautifully executed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is where the Renaissance began. It's fascinating to see the work of the different artists. Read a good description before you go or better yet hire a good art historian-guide. You won't regret it.

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Shepperton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Here the old master altar paintings are in situ and you can see what the Chapel looked like when it was first built. So much better than seeing them on museum walls. Small but well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

In all my previous trips to Florence I never had a chance to visit Capella Brancacci. Even this time I sort of happened upon it by chance, but once inside, I couldn't leave - Masaccio frescoes are unbelievable!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

You have to make an effort to see this Chapel because it is not in the center of Florence, but if you enjoy pre-Renaissance art, it is worth taking the time. Beautifully restored frescoes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Wow! Amazing frescoes in situ which is how I prefer to look at works of art. Interesting video next door where there was a delightful Last Supper fresco. This was a jewel set in a quiet and peaceful area away from the manic crowds. Loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This chapel, painted by Masaccio, Massolino and finished by Filipino Lippi is a masterpiece of Italian renaissance frescoes. It contains one point perspective, bright vivid colors and tells the stories of the apostles. The most important fresco, is The Tribute Money by Masaccio, which tells a story about taxation - not just of the New Testament but refers to taxation... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

The Cappella Brancacci is one of the smaller less known churches in Florence. It is located in Piazza del Carmine. Part of the charm of this church are the frescoes on hte walls which have been recently restores - lovely!

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A warm evening with a cocktail in your hand and great company is the ideal way to experience Piazza Santo Spirito; the area is busiest at sunset for happy hour. Visitors cannot hide their astonishment sitting on the staircase under the Basilica of Santo Spirito, and they cannot help but stare at the architectural masterpieces like Bianca Cappello House, Fontana dello Sprone and San Frediano in Cestello and Santa Maria delle Carmine churches. Tourists and Florentines alike join up in the area between Santo Spirito and San Frediano, connecting the Tuscan soul to the international spirit permeating the city.
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