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Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Firenze, Italy

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

If you’re keen to see beyond Florence’s big-hitting Renaissance art treasures, the city’s San Marco Museum is a must. This 15th-century Dominican convent-museum is home to incredible frescoes by Renaissance masters such as Beato Angelico, Fra Bartolomeo, and Domenico Ghirlandaio, and features painted monks’ cells, a refectory, and more. This tour includes skip-the-line admission, and a private guide to bring the convent’s story, architecture, and art to vivid life.
  • Avoid the main entrance lines with skip-the-line admission
  • Tour the 15th-century Dominican convent museum, a treasure trove of Renaissance art
  • Learn about Girolamo Savonarola, a firebrand monk executed in 1498
  • Personalized experience with a private guide
Meet your guide outside the San Marco Museum in central Florence, and admire the exterior of the 15th-century Dominican convent, considered one of Florence’s architectural gems.

Hear how the convent is still used by Dominican monks, and how it was commissioned by Cosimo I de 'Medici in the 1400s, with the work entrusted to Michelozzo — one of the greatest architects of the Renaissance.

Use your pre-booked ticket to bypass the main entrance lines, and set off on a private tour of the museum. See the Cloister of St. Anthony, and inspect the fresco-painted doors leading to the main halls.

Then, admire the frescoes by Dominican monk Fra Angelico (Beato Angelico), a great Renaissance master who once lived in the convent. Continue into the Great Refectory, kitchen, and service areas, and see the works by Fra Bartolomeo, another important Dominican monk and artist of the early 1500s.

Step inside the Small Refectory to marvel at the fresco of the Last Supper by Domenico Ghirlandaio, and then head to the monks’ cells to admire the museum’s showpiece: a cycle of frescoes created by Beato Angelico for his confrères monks.

Gaze at the stunning frescos, and visit the cell once used by Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican friar and Renaissance firebrand who was burnt at the stake in Piazza della Signoria in 1498. Learn Savonarola’s story, and then explore the convent Library, home to priceless manuscripts owned by the Medici family.

Before or after your visit, take a look around Piazza San Marco, the square where the convent stands. Learn about the buildings from your guide, and stroll to the nearby Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, famous for the Santissima Annunziata church and Spedale degli Innocenti, Europe's oldest orphanage.

Your tour ends when you say goodbye to your guide near the starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Museo di San Marco
San Marco Museum includes most of the ambiences of the Dominican convent designed by Michelozzo - one of the greatest architects of the Renaissance - and commissioned by Cosimo I de 'Medici. The convent, where the Dominican monks still live, is one of the most distinguished examples of Florentine architecture of the 15th century. The museum is developed in various evocative halls, containing one of the world's most famous cycle of paintings by the Dominican monk Beato Angelico, one of the greatest exponents of the Florentine Renaissance. The tour begins in the elegant Cloister of St. Anthony, place of peace and spirituality and center of the monastic life, where we find some doors with frescoed lunettes that lead to the ancient halls hosting many wonderful works on wood and frescoes by Beato Angelico. The visit proceeds with 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 '500. In the Small Refectory is instead preserved a magnificent fresco by Domenico Ghirlandaio, a great artist of the ‘500, depicting the Last Supper. Upstairs it is waiting for us the “not to be missed” visit of the monks' cells in which you can admire the incomparable frescoes that Beato Angelico painted for his confreres monks. Among the few not painted cells, particularly worthy of interest is the one where the famous friar Girolamo Savonarola lived: passionate speaker, he preached against the corruption and decay of morals of the clergy, ending his life hanged and burned at the stake in Piazza della Signoria. The visit of the museum will end in the suggestive ambiences of the Library, famous for the incomparable purity of its Renaissance architecture.
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piazza Della Santissima Annunziata
Your visit experience will be further enriched with an enthralling exterior guided tour of San Marco square and Santissima Annunziata square, located just a few steps far from the museum, where to admire wonderful buildings of absolute interest.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Florence San Marco Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry.

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