Tours / San Marco: the Savonarola's Convent

IN THE SAN GIOVANNI HISTORICAL DISTRICT, WE WILL EXPLORE A MEDIEVAL AND STILL ACTIVE BUILDING- SAINT MARCO'S CHURCH.

Many of the most important representatives of the spiritual life and culture of the fifteenth century lived in this place: Sant'Antonino, Cosimo il Vecchio, Fra Bartolomeo, Beato Angelico, Ambrogio Catarino Politi, Tommaso Caccini (known for having inquired Galileo Galilei) and , above all, Fra Girolamo Savonarola, who preached against the decadence of customs, ending up in 1498 hanged and burned in Piazza della Signoria.
This is the burial place of Fra Angelico, Pico Della Mirandola, Agnolo Poliziano, and Savonarola. It is Interesting to know that Savonarola’s death was announced by the famous bell "La Piagnona" (''the weeper''), which was named this way because of Savonarola’s followers, with reference to their complains against practices and customs of the Florentines. We will also see the bell La Piagnona during our itinerary.

In this famous building we can recognize 5 defined spaces: the church, the facade, the convent, the first and the second cloister.

It is one of the most important museums in Florence nowadays, the" Museo Nazionale di San Marco".
In particular, it is important to see the Last Supper’s fresco by Domenico Del Ghirlandaio, many rooms with panels and frescoes of great painters, as well as the ceiling of Girolamo Savonarola and San Marco library created by Leone X of Medici.
The facade of the church was built in 1777 by Frá Giovan Battista Paladini and is presented in true neo-classical style. The bell tower, however, was built in 1512 by a project by Baccio d'Agnolo. The church of San Marco has a single nave and laterally presents numerous chapels designed by Giambologna from 1579.

Since 1934 the convent was also home to the mayor of Florence Giorgio La Pira, whose body still rests in this land.

WE WILL CONTINUE THE JOURNEY TO THE REMAINS OF THE DISEMBOWELMENT OF FLORENCE'S HISTORICAL CENTER IN 1800,AS WELL AS MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE DOORS, WINDOWS AND STONE OBJECTS FOUND IN THE CURRENT REPUBLIC SQUARE.

Info

Available days: Tuesday to Saturday on your reservation

Bookable Starting Time: From 8:15 am to 11:30 am

Duration: 2 hours

Available Languages:

English, French, Italian, German, Spanish

Adult rate: The rate of the tour depends on the number of people. CALCULATE YOUR OWN RATE!

Child rate: From 6 years to 17 years with ID. Please insert number of persons

Meeting Point: Saint Marco Church principal entrance

Additional Information: Enjoy this tour diving yourself into the priceless treasure of the San Marco’s architectural and religious complex!