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“Authentic and surreal” 5 of 5 bubbles
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
Ranked #17 of 426 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.
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“Authentic and surreal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

The cells of the monks are spartan and decorated with simple, elegant, serene, frescoes by Fra Angelico. Paintings by him also are shown on the ground floor. The facial expressions in these are among the most moving in Florentine paintings of the 15th c. A must see in Florence, more enjoyable and relaxing than the Uffizi. Come near opening time at 815am to enjoy the church and museum in tranquillity.

Visited May 2014
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“Still a refuge of peace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

I'm hesitant to praise San Marco too highly because one of the things I've enjoyed about it is that it seems to have gone undiscovered by the masses of tourists pressing into the Accademia Gallery across the square. San Marco is still so peaceful and quiet that the visitor doesn't have to use too much imagination to understand how this complex of buildings served its monastic community as a refuge from the noise and cares of the material world. It could not be a better place to contemplate the radiant work of Beato Angelico.

Visited April 2014
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“Sublime Frescoes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

One of the sweetest discoveries of my Florence visit. I visited early in the morning and it was quiet and peaceful in the lovely inner courtyard. The monk's cells are exquisitely painted by Fra Angelico, a delicate palette illuminates each individual room. A single scene per cell, unadorned by anything other than the natural light coming in a small window. A lovely place to spend an hour contemplating these quiet beauties.

Visited May 2014
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“Well worth the four euros if you like medieval art and history.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

Absolutely fabulous little gem if you like Fra Angelico. We stumbled across this museum attached to the church of San Marco near our hotel. it houses paintings by the friar Fra Angelico, and if you go upstairs cells of the famous 'Bonfires of the Vanity" religious fanatic Girolamo Savonarola who was hung and burned on a bonfire in the nearby square Piazza della Signorina.

Anyway, this church and museum is chock full of art, history and possibly ghosts. Wish I had gone twice. don't miss it.

Visited April 2014
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“Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

If you travel with teenagers not particularly interested in over-indulging in art and history this is easy on the eye and worth the four euros. The whole place is lovely but the Last Supper and the strategically placed picture of the The annunciation are the highlights.

Visited April 2014
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