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“Mind blowing frescos”
Review of Museo di San Marco

Museo di San Marco
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$45.63*
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Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry
Ranked #19 of 442 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Opened to the public in 1869, this museum houses the largest collection of sacred art in Florence including a sweeping fresco by Giovanni Antonio Sogliani and a superb collection of works by Mariotto Albertinelli.
Chippenham
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“Mind blowing frescos”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

The monks cells were impressive, I could imagine their lives there. The atmosphere in the whole place was very serene, I felt at peace.

Visited October 2012
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“Stepping into another world.”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

It was our fourth visit to Firenze, and we thought we'd been to everything that was worth seeing, but after leaving the church of San Marco, we noticed the Museo next door, and thought we should have a look. I was stunned and thrilled by the wonderful art works in this very old convent. Walking around the old cells, each with its own fresco, the ancient library and the illuminated manuscripts and especially the wonderful works of Fra Angelico left me speechless. I am so glad that we accidentally found this Museo and would strongly recommend a visit.

Visited October 2012
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“Great Art Rarely Crowded”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Many visitors don't get to this former monastery although it's not far from some more famous attractions, like David. As a result , lt is rarely crowded. The atmosphere is quiet and the frescoes are amazing. Be aware, however, the hours are more limited than many other museums in Florence.

Visited September 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Favorite hideaway in historic center of Florence.”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

San Marco's facade is currently being restored, so the exterior is a bit of a construction site, but the real appeal of the church is its interior. This church's history is rich with figures such as the monks Beato Angelico, who painted early Renaissance frescos in the monk's cells and Geronamo Savonarola whose religious fervor brought about the original bonfire of the vanities.
On hot summer days it is a joy to retreat from the crowded streets into a quiet and contemplative space. There is an introverted beauty in the surprisingly small frescos that is a contrast to the grandeur and scale of the Medici's Florence.

Visited November 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Quiet, no queue”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The setting: complete with cloisters. Arrange your visit to include the Fra Angelico monks' cells which are upstairs and not always open to view. A relaxing visit.

Visited November 2012
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