Chiostro dello Scalzo

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Chiostro dello Scalzo

Chiostro dello Scalzo
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This little-known cloister is one of the most beautiful spaces in the city, holding some of the most important frescoes of the 1500s. The monochrome walls of the cloister feature the masterpiece frescoes of Andrea del Sarto.
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Neighbourhood: Florence Historic Center
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JurreSilbi
Krakow, Poland63 contributions
Small church full with art
Jan 2020 • Couples
A small church with a beautiful patio. Frescs by Andrea del Sarto vel. Agnolo. Free entrance and no tourists at all. Above the entrance you will find majolika by Della Robbia. If you have just 30 minutes, just stop by.
Written 23 January 2020
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SelbyDale
Saint Paul, MN172 contributions
A Special Place
May 2018 • Couples
As others have noted, this is one of those special places you are happy to find in Florence. The columned space with the Andrea del Sarto frescoes on the life of St. John the Baptist is lovely. Using monochromatic pigments gives the room a very quiet feel. This was the chapel of the Confraternity of St. John the Baptist and Sarto was a member. They valued humility and you sense this in the space.

This is one of those museums where you need to plan your visit and keep your fingers crossed that it will be open.

08:15-13:50 on Monday and Thursday
on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of the month
on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
Written 2 June 2018
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cpgz
Somerset, NJ538 contributions
Impressive
Mar 2018 • Family
This was right across the street from our hotel! We walked in and spent about an hour looking at the beautiful frescos. The woman working there was extremely friendly and helpful!
Written 13 April 2018
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David Spiel
NYC187 contributions
a real hidden gem
Nov 2017 • Solo
The Cloister of The Scalzo is a real hidden gem and as unusual a find as you will see in Florence. The cloister was decorated by del Sarto with about ten grisaille (black and white) frescoes of the life of St. John The Baptist. This is a worthwhile fifteen minutes!

It is also good to pair this visit with: Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia, Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi with it's Crucifixion by Perugino, Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia, and The Museo Ospedale degli Innocenti (The Foundling Hospital) as they are all very close.

You can see a complete video of this church in my film: Florence: The Smaller Churches of Firenze on my YouTube channel: Art and Travel by Dave.
Written 11 April 2018
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Sarah W
12 contributions
Beautiful and little visited gem
Jul 2016 • Friends
This is a quite obscure treat in Florence. I had not been in the 2 years I lived there, and the friend I went with (who lives there) hadn't been either. I believe 2 other people visited during the nearly 2 hours we stayed. The frescoes are really lovely, especially if you like Andrea del Sarto.
Written 28 June 2017
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PaulJanet
Sevenoaks, UK344 contributions
Exquisite art in a peaceful courtyard
Mar 2017 • Couples
For any one interested to see the work of Andrea del Sarto this is an excellent opportunity. He was a Renaissance master too little known outside Florence
Written 23 March 2017
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antonvanold
1,223 contributions
A seldom visited free museum with gorgeous frescos
Jun 2016 • Solo
Few tourists ever visit Chiostro dello Scalzo, which is a pity. I was taken by my guide as a part of the Salon/Sanctuary Sacro/Profano Festival, and this is one more hidden treasure our guide took us to see. It is located at 43°46'46.4"N 11°15'34.2"E, at Via Camillo Benso Cavour, 69. It is located 200 meters from the San Marco Museum and Piazza San Marco. Andrea del Sarto (1486 – 1530) is cited as being the principal artist.

This was another free and highly memorable museum.
Written 19 October 2016
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Ibadanboy
Nairobi, Kenya6,145 contributions
Nice!
Apr 2016 • Friends
The Chiostro dello Scalzo is a cloister that depicts some work of Andre Del Sarto. Located on Via Cavour, it is a nice quiet space that has a lot of work depicting the life of John the Baptist.
Written 23 May 2016
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Stephen N
Lauria, Italy114 contributions
Grey matter
Nov 2014 • Friends
Somewhere away from the teeming hordes.
A cloister painted by the underated Andrea Del Sarto although Michelanagelo rated him as a painter.
The whole cycle is painted in grisaille technique to show his mastery of the painted form.
Based in the life of John the Baptist the whole place and work excudes calm and serenity something in short supply in Florence.
Written 3 December 2014
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245feap
Bergen, Norway94 contributions
Find this little hidden spot of beauty!
Oct 2014 • Solo
The Chiostro dello Scalzo will give you one of the best artexperiences you can get in Florence. It is very close to San Marco and the Medici-Riccardi palace, so if you are in this area when this place is open, go! The adress is Via Cavour 69, opening times: Monday, Thursday, 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday, 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month; 8,15-13.50. Entrance is free, and usually there are not many visitors, and the staff will be very glad to tell you about the works.
You will find Andrea del Sarto´s probarbly most important fresco cyclus, motives from the life of St John the Baptist, performed as grisaille frescoes, and you´ll see how del Sarto developed as he worked here to and from from 1509 to 1523. This is a peaceful and wonderful place!
Written 12 October 2014
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Chiostro dello Scalzo is open:
  • Mon - Mon 8:15 AM - 1:45 PM
  • Thu - Thu 8:15 AM - 1:45 PM