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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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When you visit, the museum doors are just to the right of the church. The church is wonderful, see it first then go to the museum. There's plenty of wonderful things to see on the ground floor, but don't miss what's waiting for you upstairs....More
A sense of spirituality and serenity permeated this museum. Perhaps because it was uncrowded, or it featured mainly the religious paintings of Fra Angelico. It used to be a monastery. One can imagine the monks going about their day, in silence and in prayer.
We first visited this museum 18 years ago by accident as the queue for the Accademia was so off putting. What a wonderful find. Visiting Florence recently we made sure to go again and once again we found it to be stunning. Also unlike many...More
This museum is a treasure of Spiritual Art done by Fra Angelico. His paintings can be found in the rooms that the monks used centuries ago in this Monastery. The famous Masterpiece, Annunciation of Mary is be found here as well...by Fra Angelico.
As with another review I've just seen, we also visited the monastery after seeing it on "The Medici - Makers of Modern Art". The monastery, now museum, was paid for by Giovanni Medici, the money lender, and real founder of the dynasty, who also contributed...More
The museum is incredible, the frescos are inspiring to see. The monks' rooms speak volumes of their lives when you see how stark and simple they lived. The ceiling alone is a splendour to witness. Well worth visiting, not a place to skip over if...More
Took in the Museo di San Marco - a former convent with some very interesting history. The Medici - Makers of Modern Art, an excellent documentary on BBC4 (Andrew Graham-Dixon), prompted us to include this in our itinerary. We visited the Museo on our last...More
The most amazing place to visit. Fra Angelico (and his pupils) was a prolific painter of frescoes in this monastery and for just 4 Euros, we can see them too. A real testament to his skill is the level of detail. The highlight is the...More
The pleasant atmosphere of this residential area, a stone’s throw away from the Duomo of Florence, surprises everyone. A continuous flow of backpacking students provides the tranquil surroundings for the elderly residents who sit in Piazza San Marco to read the daily newspaper. Home to several universities, including the Academy of Fine Arts, San Marco is one of the most vibrant cultural centers in the city. A
bridge connecting the modern cultural activity of Florence to its classic art, represented by the everlasting magnificence of the original David, resonates as a symbol of Florence and of Italy as a whole. Get lost in a Neoclassic world, a journey back in time through historic buildings like Spedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents), San Marco church, Basilica della Santissima Annunziata, and natural jewels like the Botanical Gardens.