Museo di San Marco
Museo di San Marco
4.5
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8:15 AM - 1:45 PM
Monday
8:15 AM - 1:45 PM
Tuesday
8:15 AM - 1:45 PM
Wednesday
8:15 AM - 1:45 PM
Thursday
8:15 AM - 1:45 PM
Friday
8:15 AM - 1:45 PM
Saturday
8:15 AM - 1:45 PM
Sunday
8:15 AM - 1:45 PM
About
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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Bolton, UK592 contributions
We popped in here early one morning, after our visit to the Bargello. Many of the walls of this Dominican monastery were decorated in pre-Renaissance times, by Father Angelico, and his pupils. The tour begins in the Cloister of St. Antoninus featuing some beautiful lunettes. The Guest Room, where pilgrims were received, is now a gallery for many wonderful panel paintings by Fra Angelico.Head to the Chapter House for his complex and allegorical Crucifixion. Don’t miss the Refectories. The small refectory is dominated by Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Last Supper. I loved the detail in this painting – the crockery, decanters, knives, bread etc. The lunettes above the table are filled with large trees and birds in flight, an open window frames a perching peacock, and a cat waits for scraps.

The tour continues on the first floor. At the top of the stairs, you will see Fra Angelico’s Annunciation. You can then peek into 43 monks cells which are decorated with simple frescoes, many by Fra Angelico. The last three cells (12-14) at the end of the corridor to the left, were once used by Girolamo Savonarola before he was hanged and in Piazza della Signoria. At the end of the corridor to the right, Cells 38 and 39 were reserved as a spiritula retreat for the Medici Cosimo the Elder.
Written 27 August 2022
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RichOnenine
Lyon, France13 contributions
Beautiful monastery decorated by one of the great pre-Renaissance painters, Fra Angelico. No crowds. And see the cell of Savonarola, the Mad Monk of the Medici times. Near the David. See both.
Written 19 June 2022
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Cannuckk
Langley, Canada320 contributions
Solo
My enjoyment of this museum was predicated on a couple of things. First, I had the benefit of downloading to my iPhone beforehand a free walking tour of the museum from Rick Steves Audio Europe, which went a long way towards educating a fine art novice like myself, why the frescos and altarpieces I was looking at were Important art treasures.
Secondly, I had watched the Netflix drama Medici, whose second season featured the historical character Savonarola, a former resident of the Convent and thorn in the side of the Medici family, whose living quarters are featured on the upper floor of the museum.
Both of these background sources if you wish to access them may help the casual visitor.
If you use the suggested audio tour, which is just under an hour long, reserve some additional time to read the posted narrative signs and enjoy exhibits not especially featured in the tour. I had only allocated a bit over an hour to see the museum, and wished I had allowed for more.
The 8 euro admission cost is a relative bargain.
Written 29 October 2021
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982rodneyl
Grande Prairie, Canada160 contributions
San Marco is easy to miss given all the attractions of Florence. Fabulous frescos in the portals of a massive courtyard. Frescos are superb, the museum collection is extensive and even the monks cells have frescos.
Written 16 October 2021
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TA21186
Munster, Germany640 contributions
This former cloister is now a one-of-a-kind museum, which strangely not as overrun as some of the other wonderful sites in Florence. There are a number of remarkable features to this impressive site, including a library dating back to Cosimo Medici, as well as items from Savonarola, but the real claim to fame is the work from Fra Angelico. One large hall is devoted to his paintings on wood, and they are spectacular. Then, and this completely blew me away, are the frescos which decorate the halls, but also the 40 monk cells - every cell was decorated accoring to the specification of the respective monks, and are therefore unique and different among themselves. An absolute beautiful museum that is situated at the San Marco square. Do not miss.
Written 9 October 2021
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HappyTraveler555
6 contributions
Waited outside in 102 degree temp to get in without a pre-obtained ticket. They let me in (my friend was beginning heat prostration) and was so glad I waited. Quiet, calm, beautiful, unrushed, unhurried. Great art. Worth a day trip from Rome to Florence just to visit San Marco
Written 30 August 2021
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Gerald R
Newquay, UK45 contributions
Couples
An oasis of calm and peace in amongst the hurly burly of Florence. Marvellous frescos.Gives you a real sense of how the monks lived and how inspired they would have been by the fresco in their cell. Hope folk take time to admire Ghirlandaio's last supper in the refectory as well as Fra Angelico's work. Marvellous place to visit.
Written 13 September 2020
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Sophie M
Ermenonville, France230 contributions
Solo
Florence is a beautiful city but after a while, seing so many beautiful museums can be exhausting. However this beautiful monetary was my favourite museum yet, because it is not a museum. There are about 30 cells in which Fra Angelico and his disciples painted beautiful frescos from the New Testament. The library is also very impressive. Do not miss this wonderful place.
Written 15 August 2020
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rhobags
London, UK17 contributions
Not as widely known as it should be but do go - the frescos painted by Fra Angelico are, simply, incredible.
Written 9 August 2020
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,696 contributions
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 small cloister of the XV century. There are magnificent frescoes to look at, in particular the Annunciation fresco on top of the staircase leading to the dormitories. The library houses an important collection of medieval , Renaissance and illuminated books.
Written 10 March 2020
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