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.  Plan to see Museo di San Marco and other attractions that appeal to you using our Florence trip maker site.
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  • The museum is located on the old Dominican convent of San Marco in Piazza San Marco. In this museum, we visited the Chapter Room, the Lavabo Room, the Refectory, the Cloister of the Spesa and a...  more »
  • fabulous museum, not to be missed, one of the top attractions in Florence . the artwork by fra angelico, the monk cells, the library ,the exhibits. fabulous  more »
  • Museum is located in the Dominican convent, where Fra Angelico was a monk and a famous painter. His work is shown in a separate room at the ground level. Have a look at tabernaculum which is a great.....  more »
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  • This museum is actually a monastery that was built in 1440. It's been very well maintained, and it's gorgeous to wander around, but the highlight is at the top of the steps leading to the monks quarters. There you will find Fra Angelico's 1442 fresco "The Annunciation". It is probably his best known work and it is spectacular to see in person!
  • There are so many beautiful places in Florence, but this was the highlight. Such a small, quiet, unassuming place compared to the big tourist draws, but utterly unique. There was no queue, the paintings by Fra Angelico are amazing, and so is the building (which the paintings were originally intended for). I was familiar with the work already, my wife was not (she is hesitant to engage with any artwork), but we both completely enjoyed our visit. There weren't any queues (in august), entry is 8 euros o think, and buying a guidebook for 10 euros is quite useful as there is limited information around the site, on this occasion I appreciated that there weren't dozens of signs ruining the atmosphere. A must.
  • It is a beautiful place, but most of the paintings were pretty near identical. After seeing the same painting over and over again, we began to appreciate the unique building over the artwork. There were a few paintings that stood out. Definitely worth seeing, but only about 30 minutes is needed to get your fill.
  • This was one of my favorite stops in Florence. The art and the history of this place was great, but the reduced number of people inside versus some of the other destinations made this a top stop. After you are done, walk over to the next plaza, grab a sandwich at Cafe Uno and enjoy the view back towards the Duomo.
  • Architecturally unique. The space upstairs with the monks' cells was my favorite, totally amazing to interact with. I loved all the old frescos in the cells & the last supper painting in the refractory. The exit hall has architectural pieces salvaged from historic center Florence, which I thought was a lovely touch. Very pretty cloister with frescos also. Defintely a refreshing change from the bustle of the center and especially a must see if works depicting the crucifixion are of interest. There is also a library with a handful of texts inside.

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