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Franciscan Missionary Museum - Convento di San Francesco

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Address: Via San Francesco 13, 50014 Fiesole, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 59175
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A quiet afternoon well spent

Every time I am in Fiesole, I make the steep climb up the hill to the Franciscan monastery. This is a quirky little museum--my husband and I enjoyed it very much. Be warned all... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every time I am in Fiesole, I make the steep climb up the hill to the Franciscan monastery. This is a quirky little museum--my husband and I enjoyed it very much. Be warned all the materials are in Italian--and enjoy the eclectic collection of missionary monks from their travels in China and Africa. The hand lettered tags are fascinating--and give... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

After a steep walk up the hill we came across this museum. You enter the museum via the chapel so don't just look in the chapel and then leave. A very interesting and eclectic collection.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Nice walk to the top of the hill will be rewarded with tremendous views. It is a beautiful area. There are two routes one is a nice winding path and the other is a steep road.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This lovely convent is a peaceful and beautiful place a few minutes walk from central Fiesole. The view over Firenze from the front of the convent is stunning. And the small cells where the munks used to live are fascinating. They give a glimpse of the life that was lived here once.

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Brno, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Very nice place on the top of the hill. Museum is small but nice. There are also some "rooms", where monks lived and studied. The whole area is calm with trees, like a park.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Enter the monastery and climb the narrow staircase to see the actual cells the monks lived in. Amazing! The church is nice, too, and the view and the park around the church. Nice place to visit.

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Bath, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

A charming and informative place on the hill above the cathedral, the monastery has a small but attractive church with several impressive paintings, a delightful cloister area, access to view the old monks' cells and a fascinating museum which includes many artic acts including those of Chinese missionaries (who were later martyred during the 'Boxer rebellion'.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

The short relatively steep climb to this convent - from the bus station in the village square - is a small price for the peaceful atmosphere of this superb religious site. Wonderful architecture, serene cloisters, peaceful gardens and overall the most beautiful panoramic views of Florence. It surpasses even those from Piazzle Michelangelo. A must see while in Florence.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

A collection of Chinese, Indian and Egyptian artefacts many of which have no relation to Christianity but have been carefully preserved by the Franciscans nevertheless. The gardens of the monastery are beautifully refreshing after a strenous climb!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

A short distance from Florence this town gives great views from high in the hills......nice change for quiet meal

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