Santa Maria del Carmine

Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence

Santa Maria del Carmine
4.5
Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An elegant church decorated by Masaccio's famous frescoes on the life of St. Peter.
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Neighbourhood: San Frediano

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Laura Marie
Hartford, CT310 contributions
In need of repairs
Oct 2019
At one time, the interior of Santa Maria del Carmine probably matched the beauty of its Brancacci Chapel (accessed by a separate, ticketed entrance). However, the church as a whole seems to be suffering from decades (maybe centuries) of inadequate maintenance. I was there for mass one recent Saturday evening and was rather saddened by the general state of the place, which looked like it could do with a thorough cleaning and some restoration work. If you're in the area to see the Brancacci Chapel and like old churches, you may wish to explore the rest of the church, but considering how many beautiful churches there are in Italy, this is one that is skippable. (Please note, this review is of the whole church of Santa Maria del Carmine, not the Brancacci Chapel, which is well worth the time for art enthusiasts or those interested in Christian tradition, history, and/or churches).
Written 18 October 2019
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annoflondon
London, UK136 contributions
Entrance fees deter visits to such churches
Aug 2019 • Couples
This church is situated in southern Florence about 15 mins across the bridge from the city centre. The square is quiet, rustic but not particularly pretty or interesting The area is residential but unlike other areas in Tuscany it does not feel quaint but run down. Undoubtably the church has beautiful frescoes but the joy of finding a small church to discover as you can do in small towns like Volterra is tarnished with a payment of 8€ for each church As you wander Florence one wonders whether the authorities really welcomes tourists
Written 27 August 2019
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adamore
Laval, Canada361 contributions
Not worth the entrance fee
May 2018 • Couples
It cost us 6 euro per person to enter the Santa Maria del Carmine. We thought we would have access to the entire complex but all we were allowed into was the Cappella Brancacci, and the Cenacolo. The frescoes seemed great, but we could only look at them from far because there was a guide with an entire group of people taking up the whole area, so we could not get close enough to really appreciate them. We then caught the end of the video presentation in the Cenacolo room and that was it! So considering that there are a lot of worthwhile places you can visit in Florence for free or for a small fee, this just felt like a rip-off.
Written 30 April 2019
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY911 contributions
The big draw is the Brancacci Chapel
Mar 2019 • Couples
The Brancacci Chapel is the reason most people come to the church, and it must be accessed from a door to the right of the facade. The church itself is not without interest. The baroque illusionistic ceiling is a wonder as are the wonderful side chapels. You can peek into the Brancacci from the church itself, but you really cannot see the frescoes well unless you book a ticket at the ticket booth for a separate entrance into the chapel. If you are going to the chapel itself, you would do well to catch the rest of the church.
Written 22 March 2019
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Tamer H
Bolu, Turkey259 contributions
Baroque museum hiding renaissance masterpieces
Dec 2018 • Solo
Santa Maria del Carmine is one of the most elegant baroque churces of the city. However its important lies in one of the chapels (Brancacci) decorated with marvellous frescoes by Masolino, Masaccio and Lippi.
Absolutely recommended. Florence visit without this place is incomplete.
Written 5 January 2019
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PLC
Purley, UK226 contributions
Highly recommended
Nov 2018 • Couples
This was the first church we visited on our first day - so impressed. It’s a small church and destroyed in a fire, so not much inside, but what has been restored is beautiful.

It’s very discreet on the outside, you will miss it if you’re not careful.
Written 16 November 2018
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Borzov
Rijeka, Croatia4,387 contributions
The famous frescoes
Sep 2018 • Couples
The church was built in the 13th century as a part of still existing Carmelite convent. It was enlarged and than renovated in the following centuries first in the Baroque style and later in the Rococo style, after the damage by fire in the 18th century. Fortunately, its main treasures survived the fire, mainly the Brancacci Chapel, which is a home of famous frescoes by Masaccio and Masolino.
Written 8 October 2018
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1991KEB
Navarre, FL1,236 contributions
Rebuilt after fire
Oct 2018 • Couples
This church was rebuilt after a fire that saved the mosT important frescoes. It was rebuilt in the Baroque style but pales in comparison to others in the area. I thought the staff was not to welcoming.
Written 1 October 2018
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Bob B
Lawrenceville, GA1 contribution
They closed early and were very rude.
May 2018 • Solo
They closed early and were very rude. They really do not seem to want or appreciate visitors. Given the circumstances, I have no clue how the frescos were.
Written 14 May 2018
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David Spiel
NYC187 contributions
The most important frescos in Florence.
Nov 2017 • Solo
Founded in 1268 and completed only in 1475, Santa Maria del Carmine was destroyed by fire in 1771, and rebuilt in The Baroque style. Fortunately The Brancacci Chapel was spared.

The reason to visit this church ared only in 1475, Santa Maria del Carmine was destroyed by fire in 1771, and rebuilt in The Baroque style. Fortunately The Brancacci Chapel was spared.

The reason to visit this church are The frescoes commissioned in 1424 by Felice Brancacci. The frescoes illustrate the life of St. Peter, who can be identified by his orange gown.

These are the frescoes commissioned in 1424 by Felice Brancacci. The frescoes illustrate the life of St. Peter, who can be identified by his orange gown.

These are the most important frescoes in Florence. They were painted by Masolino and Masaccio, the latter of which revolutionized renaissance art.

A thirty minute visit is enough and the frescoes will blow you away.

See a video of Santa Maria del Carmine on my YouTube channel: Art and Travel by Dave.
Written 5 March 2018
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