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Marvellous frescoes in the San Marco Museum and Convent

Basilica of San Marco Interior Convent of San Marcon in Florence Wall painting in the monastery of San Marco in Florence Exterior view of the Museo di San Marco

The museum is located in the Dominican monastery of San Marco in Florence. Beato Angelico, one of the most famous painters of the Renaissance, designed many of the rooms in the monastery. Some of his paintings can be admired in the Museo di San Marco. The museum also contains works by Fra Bartolomeo, a painter of the Florentine school and monk of the Dominican monastery.

Museum and Dominican convent: San Marco

Discover fantastic frescoes and paintings in an originally preserved monastery complex

The monastery of San Marco was built between 1437 and 1452 by Michelozzo, an architect highly esteemed by the Medici. When it was completed, this monastery was one of the most modern, beautiful and comfortable in Italy.

The museum offers visitors the chance to see a perfectly preserved 15th-century monastery with a rational and harmonious layout in keeping with the new Brunelleschi style of the time, as well as an exhibition room dedicated to Fra Angelico, a Dominican monk who collaborated with Michelozzo in the decoration of the frescoes.

Michelozzo's masterpiece is the great hall of the library, which under Lorenzo il Magnifico became a favoured refuge for humanists and intellectuals of the time, making it the first "public library" in the western world.

The museum

The San Marco Museum is located in an old monastery dating back to the 13th century and houses frescoes by Ghirlandaio, Fra Bartolomeo and numerous paintings by their successors. The cells of the dormitory are richly decorated with frescoes by Beato Angelico. In this remarkable museum you can visit the rooms that were used as accommodation for pilgrims, the refectory, the hall with the lavabo, the chapter house and the cloister della Spesa, a small cloister from the 15th century. 



  • Altarpiece of St Thomas by Santi di Tito from 1594 
  • Frescoes by Beato Angelico, Ghirlandaio, Fra' Bartolomeo 
  • See the works of art by Fra Angelico and other famous artists 
  • Visit the cell where Dominican monk Girolamo Savonarola meditated
  • Bookshop with museum guides, art publications and much more 


Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday from 8.15 am to 1.50 pm.
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 8.15 am to 1.50 pm.
1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 8.15 a.m. to 1.50 p.m. 

The ticket office closes half an hour before closing time.

Closed: 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month, the Monday after Sunday shopping, 1 January, 25 December. 



A reservation is not necessary. Please show your Florence City Pass at the ticket office, admission is included in your City Pass


Important information

  • Access is barrier-free



How to get there

The nearest bus stops are: 

Piazza di San Marco: Line 52
Cavour San Marco: Lines 14,23, C1 



Piazza San Marco, 3
50121 Florence 

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