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“An unmissable chapel”

Santa Maria del Carmine
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Ranked #88 of 645 things to do in Florence
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Owner description: An elegant church decorated by Masaccio's famous frescoes on the life of St. Peter.
Reviewed July 15, 2012

The gorgeous, colorful frescoes fill the Branacci side chapel from floor to ceiling and are both beautiful in and of themselves and an important breakthrough in Renaissance art. If you'd be interested in some background on the art and history of the place, bring along a Blue Guide or read up on Renaissance art a little beforehand -- it's worth it to really appreciate these images so you know what kinds of details and interesting symbols to look for.
You can walk into the church itself for free (which is a nice cool break on a warm day), but you'll have to pay a small fee and go around to the side entrance to get near the Branacci chapel. They have a movie that shows every hour or so that is definitely miss-able (although its cheesy computer graphics are pretty hilarious).

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Reviewed June 11, 2012

I was surprised at how few people were here. The Brancacci Chapel draws many visitors because of the famous Giotto paintings of St. Peter, but compared to other churches in the city, it seemed empty. Which made for a lovely, spiritual, contemplative experience. The baroque architecture is quietly spectacular and I was glad I spent time here.

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Reviewed March 14, 2012

We visited the Santa Maria delle Carmine (free) in the Oltrarno, mostly to see the Brancacci Chapel (Euro 4.00) and were quite pleased with what we saw within this church and enjoyed it more than many of the churches we have visited in Florence. The highlight of your visit to this church is to see the Brancacci Chapel, but don't pass up the chance to step into the rest of the church, which is also very beautiful.

What we liked about the Santa Maria delle Carmine was the long, beautifully painted ceiling fresco that spanned the length of the church hall. Also, we enjoyed the Corsini Chapel, the decorations around the choir area near the alter and the Nerli Chapel.

However, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the star of the Santa Maria delle Carmine is the wonderful Brancacci Chapel, which you have to enter from another door on the side of the the church pay an entrance fee to see. This chapel is so good that even the masters like Michelangelo, came here to study and learn from it. When you see, you'll understand why!

In addition to visiting this church, you can also see the church and piazza for Santo Spirito, less than 5 minutes walk in the direction of the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, which are also very good attractions on the Oltrarno side of the city. We suggest combining the church attractions along with a visit to either the Pitti Palace or the Boboli Gardens for a 1/2 of even full day in the Oltrarno during your trip to Florence.

5  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

Famous frescoes by Massacio in Brancacci Chapels (later finished by Fillipino Lippi)

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Reviewed March 6, 2012

This church is located in a quiet square in the Oltrarno region. To enter the church proper there is no entrance fee as the church itself is nothing special. What is extraodinary is the Brancacci chapel which has a separate entrance on the right of the church (and an entry charge of 4 euros. (see entry in Brancacci chapel).

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