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Museo delle Sinopie

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Address: Piazza del Duomo, 20126, Pisa, Italy
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+39 050 560547

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Small Museum - Visit Before The Camposanto

We visited this before visiting the Camposanto and were glad that we did, as it really wouldn't have been as interesting afterwards. These are the sketches done before the actual... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2016
Enford, United Kingdom
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not sure who the target market is for this museum, but it clearly isn't me. It has a short explanation of how frescoes are made, and then it had dozens of sinopie sketches showing the first step in creating a fresco. The museum needs more information on frescoes, not more sinopie.

Thank KerryandTim
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Reviewed February 27, 2017 via mobile

Underwhelming compared to the other buildings and sights If you are visiting go before the Campo Santo as this explains the restoring of frescoes I would suggest this museum is of limited appeal

Thank davethedrill
Dundee, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 2, 2017

Strangely bereft of visitors. We visited after viewing the Camposanto and were pleased to learn how artists went about creating the magnificent frescoes.

Thank Amandajgj
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Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

This museum was badly organised with:- - a 3-D presentation that was not 3-D, too dark to see and had a commentary that jumped - a film on the tower that did not tell you how it was fixed - explanations by the displays that seem to be in a different language (although I am sure it was meant to... More 

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Enford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 26, 2016

We visited this before visiting the Camposanto and were glad that we did, as it really wouldn't have been as interesting afterwards. These are the sketches done before the actual Frescoes in the Camposanto and its amazing to think we can still view them, despite some of them being in poor condition. Once you have seen the sketches then go... More 

1 Thank emtrey
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Reviewed September 25, 2016

We purchased the 8 euro ticket that also included entry to the Baptistry, Camposanto and Museo deile Sinopie. The museum is in the same building where free tickets to the Cathedral can be picked up and paid tickets for the other sights can be purchased. The facility is modern and air conditioned. There was a short film available. We just... More 

3 Thank Dushi-NY
Bristol, UK
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Reviewed September 9, 2016

It's the museum of Sinopias. Whaddaya mean, you don't know what a sinopia is? Speaking with the full authority of Wikipedia behind me, I can tell you that it's a preliminary sketch for a fresco, executing using a reddish brown pigment. In the adjacent Camposanto you will see lots of the finished frescoes. Most are pretty worn - the climate... More 

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Gdynia, Poland
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Reviewed August 25, 2016

If you are not a particular fresco-lover, I would recommend focusing on the Camposanto and skipping the Museum. Definitely a one-dimensional attraction. It will be a challenge to keep the children interested.

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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed July 30, 2016

Museum has relocated frescoes which are very faded. If you are not a history or art buff, do not bother.

1 Thank vidyapm
Macon, Georgia
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Reviewed June 29, 2016

Uncovered during the WW II bombings. It is a small museum and not sure that the number of interesting things really makes it worth the 5 Euro admission. The concept and role of the sinopia is interesting but maybe not worthy of a museum experience. Also, there are no bathrooms in this facility.

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