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Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to San Marco Museum

1. Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to San Marco Museum

Before entering San Marco Museum, admire the statuesque exterior. The building comprises of a church and a 15th century Dominican convent, with the latter considered one of the most distinguished examples of Florentine architecture. The convent, where the Dominican monks still live, was commissioned by Cosimo I de 'Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and renovated by Michelozzo — one of the greatest architects of the Renaissance. Visit the elegant Cloister of St. Anthony. Admire the age-old doors decorated with stunning frescoes before continuing on to an ancient hall filled with works by the Dominican monk Beato Angelico, one of the greatest exponents of the Florentine Renaissance. You’ll also visit the cell where the famous friar Girolamo Savonarola lived. A passionate speaker, Savonarola preached against the corruption and decay of morals of the clergy, ending his life hanged and burned at the stake in Piazza della Signoria. Explore the Great Refectory, the old kitchen and the services areas, which display the paintings of Fra Bartolomeo, another important painter and Dominican monk who lived in the convent in the early 16th century. 

Florence Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Florence Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover the Cradle of the Renaissance at your own pace using your mp3 player to guide you through the historic city center of Florence by audio guide. Fall in love beautiful monuments as you are led along the cobblestone streets, and escape the restricted timetables of guided tours. Take a break to enjoy a gelato or coffee whenever you like! Learn the history of highlights such as the Museo Nazionale di San Marco, Bargello (Palazzo del Popolo), Piazza della Signoria, and Ponte Vecchio. Marvel at the produce on display at the Mercato Centrale, and take an optional visit to the impressive Basilica di Santa Croce. See the homes of magnificent art, including Michelangelo's legendary statue of David at the Galleria dell 'Accademia, and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Da Vinci’s Annunciation at the Uffizi Gallery. Fall in love with the terracotta tiles and dome of the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower. 

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What people are saying about San Marco Museum

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Wonderful museum and excellent frescos. Fra Angelico's Annunciation is worth the visit, alone! The only downside I saw is that not every exhibition has both English and Italian Citations. Many are just Italian, though there is plenty of information for English speakers.

We had a guided tour by Lucy Lopardo. She tells you everything about the Duomo: all details, myths and stories. Always open to answer your questions. Glad we had you as our guide, thank you Lucy!

Booked a ticket, easy pick up, correct instructions. Beautiful place, recommend to see for beautiful frescoes and monastery architecture

We didn't make it to Florence

Although we didn't use this in the end, we love self guided audio tours so I'm sure this would have been good.

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