This museum, formerly a monastery, is much less frenetic and crowded than the Accademia Gallery (where Michelangelo's David is displayed) just across the way. The cloister with its trees and green lawn is peaceful and calm. Then, as you go up the staircase to the first floor, Fra Angelico's astonishing fresco of the Annunciation comes into view. This is perhaps one of the most beautiful pictures in the world: full of serenity and joy; apparently simple but in fact painted with almost mathematical forethought. Further on, in the monk's cells, Fra Angelico painted smaller, individual frescos, many of them exquisite. Up here too is the entrance to Michelozzo's beautiful library room.
(The opening times of the museum are somewhat complicated, so it's worth checking carefully. This being an Italian State Museum, EU citizens younger than 18 or older than 65 are admitted free on showing their passports.)
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