Museo di San Marco

Piazza San Marco, Florence

4.5
Museo Nazionale di San Marco is an art museum housed in the monumental section of the medieval Dominican friary dedicated to St Mark (San Marco), situated on the present-day Piazza San Marco, in Florence, region of Tuscany, Italy. The museum, a masterpiece in its own right by the fifteenth-century architect Michelozzo, is a building of very first historical importance for the city, and contains the most extensive collection in the world of the works of Fra Angelico, in the world Guido di Pietro, then later Friar John of Fiesole, who spent several years of his life as a member of the Dominican community here. The works are both paintings on wood and frescoes. The museum also contains other works by artists such as Fra Bartolomeo, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Alesso Baldovinetti, Jacopo Vignali, Bernardino Poccetti and Giovanni Antonio Sogliani. Until recently San Marco housed a community of Dominican friars, who occupied the Western part of the complex adjacent to the larger cloister. In 2014 the few friars remaining were transferred to join the community at Santa Maria Novella in the city. From 1934 to 1977 the Catholic politician Giorgio La Pira, who served several terms as Mayor of Florence, lived in the San Marco complex. San Marco is famous as the seat of Girolamo Savonarola's discourses during his short spiritual rule in Florence in the late 15th century.
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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    08:15 - 13:20

  • Tue

    08:15 - 13:20

  • Wed

    08:15 - 13:20

  • Thu

    08:15 - 13:20

  • Fri

    08:15 - 13:20

  • Sat

    08:15 - 16:20

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Reviews

  • Joyce Renneke

    5
    - 13 August 2018 -

    Fascinating! The church is magnificent and the cloisters with the monks cells was fascinating. Also the collection of books created by the monks was bv beautiful.

  • Shannon Berg

    5
    - 18 July 2018 -

    This is an amazing jewel of a museum. It was not crowded, which in Florence is a miracle, and the art is amazing. It is a collection of religious art painted by Far Angelico, Filippo Lippi and other monks of the convent. Visitors can also visit the monks cells and see both Lorenzo Medici and Savonarola's cells.

  • Nadharatch Ounlert

    5
    - 30 June 2018 -

    San Marco (St. Mark) is located in the west of Firenze. It may be a bit far from other attractions but it is worth to visit. The church is big and interior is spiritual. The building next to the church qas once a convent. It is rare to see the inside of the convent.

  • Stella Lee

    5
    - 28 June 2018 -

    This rating is partly due to the attraction surpassing my expectations. I was expecting it to be yet another place with history which may have interesting snippets but is otherwise crowded with relics of the past which makes for tedious exploring. Do note that there are not much by way of explanations (in English, at least) so it is recommended that you download an audio guide or join a guided tour. I followed Rick Steves Audio Europe and enjoyed the experience. The rooms of Savonarola are particularly interesting—not so much the objects themselves but the political climate and personality of this man. The library is located on the first floor and is somewhat of a sharp contrast to the otherwise austere interior of the building. I would recommend taking some time to explore this room which used to contain many texts, maintained through the years by various people. It also provides some information of the important figures and then creation of beautiful Renaissance era books. Do note that the first floor closes at 1.30 pm on weekdays so be sure to leave time to explore!

  • Mike Royce

    5
    - 24 June 2018 -

    It only cost 4 euros (June 2018) to enter this museum set in a monestary, upgraded by Cosiomo the elder (Cosimo Medici). A lovely peaceful place which includes two sets of cloisters with about 30 "cells" for monks and a few other rooms with lots of paintings. Each "cell" includes a simple alfresco almost all if them by Far Angelico.

  • Addy Alago

    5
    - 09 June 2018 -

    Absolutely stunning view. This place is beautiful and full of energy. Jam packed on most days with street vendors, tourists and musicians. Even if you don't make it to any of the surrounding location sbyou owe it to yourself to at least visit the square.

  • Patrick Bormann

    5
    - 09 June 2018 -

    This is a special place . Beautyfull fresco paintings from Fra Angelico. A glimpse in monastic living during the quatrocento.

  • Niall O

    5
    - 28 May 2018 -

    Surprisingly tranquil and little visited museum in the centre of Florence, considering how lovely the art is. Beautiful works by Fra Angelico - the little freschi in each of the monks' cells upstairs particularly fascinating

  • frank mchugh

    4
    - 27 May 2018 -

    Good bit of history including some really ancient intact books with beautiful colours

  • claire

    3
    - 07 May 2018 -

    Had been hoping to see this museum, but we were told in the tourist office that it was closed on the first Sunday of the month when the Uffizi was free and would be open on the second Sunday when the Uffizi is closed! Such a shame and a little strange for a city that lives in tourism.

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