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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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Very nice place on the top of the hill. Museum is small but nice. There are also some "rooms", where monks lived and studied. The whole area is calm with trees, like a park.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Brno, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice place on the top of the hill. Museum is small but nice. There are also some "rooms", where monks lived and studied. The whole area is calm with trees, like a park.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Enter the monastery and climb the narrow staircase to see the actual cells the monks lived in. Amazing! The church is nice, too, and the view and the park around the church. Nice place to visit.

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Bath, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A charming and informative place on the hill above the cathedral, the monastery has a small but attractive church with several impressive paintings, a delightful cloister area, access to view the old monks' cells and a fascinating museum which includes many artic acts including those of Chinese missionaries (who were later martyred during the 'Boxer rebellion'.

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

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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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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