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Franciscan Missionary Museum - Convento di San Francesco

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Address: Via San Francesco 13, 50014 Fiesole, Italy
Phone Number: 055 59175
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Wonderful destination.Superb, unique, commanding views of Florence

The short relatively steep climb to this convent - from the bus station in the village square - is a small price for the peaceful atmosphere of this superb religious site... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The short relatively steep climb to this convent - from the bus station in the village square - is a small price for the peaceful atmosphere of this superb religious site. Wonderful architecture, serene cloisters, peaceful gardens and overall the most beautiful panoramic views of Florence. It surpasses even those from Piazzle Michelangelo. A must see while in Florence.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A collection of Chinese, Indian and Egyptian artefacts many of which have no relation to Christianity but have been carefully preserved by the Franciscans nevertheless. The gardens of the monastery are beautifully refreshing after a strenous climb!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

A short distance from Florence this town gives great views from high in the hills......nice change for quiet meal

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

This is a strange museum collection of artifacts collected by missionaries to China & the Pacific region. I couldn't help but feel as though the collection of valuable foreign artifacts including many oriental ceremonial garments, was very much out of place within a church complex, and that the artifacts should be gifted back to the cultures they were brought from.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

It's free entrance to this slightly wacky museum which I unexpectedly stumbled upon after wandering thru the lovely church. I wondered at what was in store when I descended the stairs and saw a silk painting of a Chinese Emperor who didn't let look vaguely Catholic or 17th Century Italian! This museum appears to hold a curious mix of artefacts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

We took a leisurely look at the museum and grounds. Very special place but not a lot of signage. To the right of the church you can look in the old cells.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

It is a steep climb to the monastery but well worth the effort. Stop near the top and marvel at the view of Florence , a good photo opportunity. The church itself is lovely, simple and peaceful. The museum is attached , free entry and has an amazing display of artefacts from China and Egypt including and Egyptian mummy. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We found this by chance rambling through Fiesole and it was well worth the climb up the hill to see. Great views once you arrive too

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

It's a steep, winding, cobble stoned walk up to this site, but very interesting visit. The museum attached to the church houses an interesting collection of Oriental artifacts, which surprised me. St. Francis was a missionary and spent time working in the Orient and items such as kimono and plates found their way to this church. This site does overlook... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

The walk up the hill is worth it. The visit to the cells takes you to another world and the view from up there is just amazing. We took the hop-on /off tour and stayed here for about an hour. Really a must see!

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