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Museo di San Marco, Florence

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Don’t miss the frescoes of Museo di San Marco, noted for housing the largest collection of sacred art in the city. The museum is located in a former convent, which was home to two famous Dominicans during the 15th century, the painter Fra Angelico and the preacher Girolamo Savonarola. The museum now contains a major collection of works by Angelico, including some of his best-known panel paintings, commissioned by the Medici family. There are a number of smaller frescoes painted by Angelico and his assistants inside the monastic cells. The museum also exhibits works by several other artists, including Domenico Ghirlandaio, Alesso Baldovinetti, and Fra Bartolomeo.  Make Museo di San Marco part of your personalized Florence itinerary using our Florence trip itinerary maker.
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  • I regret having skipped this treasure on previous visits. It's rich in history (incl links to Cosimo Medici and Savonarola), illuminated manuscripts, paintings, and stunning frescoes by Fra Angelico a...  more »
  • This was a hidden gem for me. If anyone loves Fra Angelico's paintings and Fra Bartolomeo's, this museum is a must-visit place. When I walked up to the 2nd floor and saw the Annunciation by Fra Angeli...  more »
  • We sat down in the church to soak in the beauty and were treated to a beautiful organ recital. It was a highlight of our stay in Florence. The monastery/museum is more interesting if you have read the...  more »
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  • Amazing place! Away to the classic tourist streets is one of best place to see in Florence. When you will go to the first floor you will crash on the best and beautiful affresco of Beato angelico!! 4euros it is nothing compared to the place!!!
  • Interesting historical experience. Better to get some short description, which is easy to be found in wikipedia.
  • Worth checking out for €2 but not an absolute priority
  • This is no ordinary museum; this was once a Dominican convent. It is home to some of the most beautiful frescoes of the Renaissance, the work of Fra Angelico, who was both a Dominican monk and a painter. The frescoes adorn the cells of the monks and acted as aids to meditation. Insanely good value at €4. Not to be missed.
  • Should read up about the place before visiting for a richer,more meaningful experience. Frescoes in nearly every cell will blow your socks off. Two cells in particular should be on the itinerary: one for Cosimo and another for Savonarola. World class museum, one of my favorites actually even through its small - its the human stories and sublime beauty that's unparalleled here.