Chiostro dello Scalzo, Florence

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  • This cloister is a marvel, a secret well kept. The reading of the frescoes is a great experience, the place is relaxing, ideal for contemplation. The panels available are be sufficient guides. Very nice, and besides the entrance is free!
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  • The location is a small cloister with beautiful frescoes telling the life of St. John the Baptist. It's a lost, a bit off the tourist axis, in Florence. Free entry. Although beautiful, go only if you have a lot of time left.
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  • This place is off the usual routes. And yet access is free and you can admire frescoes by Andrea Del Sarto which are a record of what will be the 16th century Florentine art. Nice.
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  • The 16th century Chiostro dello Scalzo, with monochrome frescoes by Andrea del Sarto, is an absolute gem. The tiny cloister is also one of the best-kept secrets in Florence. Seek it out; you will not be disappointed.
  • A jewel with wonderful works by Andrea del Sarto.
  • The Chiostro dello Scalzo is one of the most charming cloisters of Florence. This is due to the cycle of frescoes on the life of John the Baptist that Andrea del Sarto painted in the cloister. A stone's throw from the Duomo the Chiostro dello Scalzo is still relatively unknown, so it is worth a visit f you want to discover Florence off the beaten path. A place where you can admire beauty under a contemplative calm. The cloister belonged to a religious order which had devoted itself to John the Baptist, the Compagnia dei Disciplinati di San Giovanni Battista. Soon, however, they were nicknamed il scalzo, 'the barefooted', to the monk who carried the cross and walked barefoot during the procession, as a sign of humility and modesty. The congregation was founded in 1376 and originally settled in the Chiesa di Sant'Jacopo. In 1478 they built a new cloister in Florence and commissioned the artist - and member of the fraternity- Andrea del Sarto to paint a cycle of frescoes with twelve scenes from the life of John the Baptist; not only the patron saint of the monastic order, but also of the city of Florence. The frescos are done entirely monochromatic, in terracotta brown and grey tones, and are - in my opinion- a must see!
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  • Head Office of the disciplined, dedicated to St John, also known as the passion of Christ, founded in 1376, in the Church of San Jacopo dei Cavalieri di Malta, in via Faenza and transferred in 1407, in the garden of the friars Celestini when they had the convent of St. Mark. In 1487 was added a cloister to the chapel for the burial of brothers, called the "barefoot" because who wore the crucifix in processions went barefoot. Sant'Antonino gave the company new chapters, and in 1515, Andrea del Sarto painted the walls of the cloister, in chiaroscuro, with the story of St. John the Baptist, while the Fraciabrigo performed the decorative frieze.
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