Cappella Brancacci

Price guide: Budget

Piazza del Carmine, Florence, 50125

Price guide: Budget

Floor to ceiling frescoes
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expert-rated things to do in Florence
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Value for money:
4.9
4.9
Recommended for:
Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Art

Expert review of Cappella Brancacci

This tiny chapel is covered with superb frescoes by Masaccio, Masolino and Lippi.

The first time I saw the frescoes in this tiny chapel, they literally brought tears to my eyes. In 1771, a great fire all but destroyed the church of Santa Maria del Carmine but miraculously, the Brancacci Chapel survived and with it, one of the most important fresco cycles in Florentine art. The chapel was decorated between 1425 and 1485 by three great Renaissance painters (Masolino, his pupil Masaccio and Filippino Lippi) and the frescoes became famous from the very start for their use of the new rules of perspective and their light and shade effects (chiaroscuro). The much-damaged frescoes were restored in the 1980s, and are today brilliantly vivid. The best known are probably those of Adam and Eve by Masaccio, particularly ‘The Expulsion from Paradise’.

Price advice: 

Single entrance costs 4 euros. You can buy a combined entrance ticket for the Palazzo Vecchio for 8 euros.

Expert tips: 
Because of the diminutive size of the chapel, advance booking is required; call 055 2768224

More information on Cappella Brancacci:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Religious site
Address:
Piazza del Carmine, Florence, 50125
Telephone:
055 2786224
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon and Wed-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor

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