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“A tiny museum well worth a visit”

Cenacolo di Fuligno
Ranked #219 of 652 things to do in Florence
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We were waved into this former convent by one of the staff members. I'm glad we took the time. It is open only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, and there is no entrance fee, but donations are welcome. The former refectory of the convent, the small rectangular room is highlighted by a fresco of the Last Supper by Perugino (originally attributed to Raphael). Beautifully restored, the fresco covers the whole far wall. Other paintings by well know Florentine artists plus artifacts occupy the long walls.

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

It is always baffling to realize how many humanities and masterpieces are packed into the relatively small town of Florence. I am born and grown up in Florence, an art geek and a teacher by trade, and yet can't say I have seen them all.
the Cenacolo di Fuligno was once the refectory, or dining room (cena=dinner in italian) of a nun's convent. As in many other similar structures, the entrance was forbidden to anyone but the nuns and, in strictly regulated occurrencies, selected male individuals, usually members of the clergy. This led to the paintings in the nunnery to be completely unknown to the public, till the suppression of the nunnery by Napoleon in the year 1800. The appalling quality of the fresco, and the excitement for the discovery resulted in a very unlikely attribution to Raphael. Later on, cooler heads pointed to another great master, Pietro Vannucci, nicknamed Perugino (=from Perugia), who was Raphael's teacher. The great fresco covers one of the short sides of the rectangular hall. the fully matured mastery of Perugino display the last supper, with Christ and the apostles under a canopy of beautiful renaissance architecture, with open views on a mesmerizing landscape, where we can spot what will happen after the supper in the Garden of Gethsemane. Around the others walls are displayed a rich anthology of the painting in Florence around the end of the XV century that did not make to the main museums, like Uffizi or Pitti Gallery. It is a museum in itself, that would be considered a prime attraction in any other city than Florence. it is incredible to think that at least as many paintings or sculptures are still kept in dark warehouses because there is no place to display them. the cenacolo is open tuesdays, thursdays and saturdays, the entrance being free. Location is just a few minutes' walk from the railway station or from food market of San Lorenzo, and the visitor who will take the time to valk there will not regret it, even if the streets are a bit tatty.

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