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“Fantastic frescoes”
Review of Museo di San Marco

Museo di San Marco
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Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry
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Florence Monday Museum Tour: Medici Chapels or San Marco Museum
Ranked #20 of 644 things to do in Florence
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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.
Reviewed May 17, 2013

This has been one of the highlights of our trip so far. The church next door is beautiful, but it is the museum that blows you away. Set inside the original monastery, this place has it all- cloisters, monks' cells, many paintings and frescoes by Fra Angelico, including the famous annunciation scene. There are about 40 monks' cells, each decorated with a fresco by Fra Angelico. There is also one cell used by Cosimo Medici. It was a fantastic visit. All that was missing was the sound of Gregorian chants piped through the corridors!

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

This cloister is maybe the most attractive spot in Florence. There are no big crowds and the frescoes by Fra Angelico in situ are very beautiful in their simplicity.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

When you enter San Marco you are back in the renaissance. While you pass from cell to cell the frescoes tell the story of the life and death of Jesus in a most spectacular way.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

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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Reviewed April 21, 2013

I have been wanting to see this museum since reading a fiction story about it when i was a child. The frescoes are stunning, the while building feels imbued with a special atmosphere. Best go early morning or on Sunday.

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