Brancacci Chapel and Santa Maria Novella

Overview

The perfect tour to discover the passage from the Middle Ages to Renaissance. Art, literature and history intertwine in the Church of Santa Maria Novella, from Dante to Boccaccio, from Giotto to Ghirlandaio. We will also visit the Brancacci Chapel, where Masolino and Masaccio depicted the life of Saint Peter, applying the rules of perspective for the first time.

Places

Brancacci Chapel inside the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine

Church of Santa Maria Novella

Info

Tour duration: 2,5 hours

The tour consists of an outdoor walk with access to two churches and it’s not available on Tuesday all day and Sunday morning, when the churches are closed. Reservation is mandatory for the Brancacci Chapel. Ask us to do that for you!

The tour is suitable for all visitors and is not particularly difficult. (simbolo sedia a rotelle) We recommend dressing in an appropriate way as we will be visiting holy places. 

Fees

Group Tour (up to 30 participants) 130,00 € max 3 hours

Private tour (up to 6 person) 150,00 € max 3 hours

The fees do not include museum tickets, transportation costs or the rental of radio systems. For groups, we recommend renting radio systems. We can manage the rental, on request.

Entrances and tickets:

Church of Santa Maria Novella
Regular Tickets: 7,50 €
Reduced Tickets (between 11 and 18 years old): 5,00 €
Free Entry: under 11 years old

Brancacci Chapel
Regular Tickets: 8,00 € (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday); 10,00 € (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
Reduced Tickets, between 18 and 25 years old: 6,00 € (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday); 7,00 € (Saturday, Sunday, Monday).
Free Admission: under 18 years old, groups of students upon presentation of an official student’s list.

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By booking this tour we can follow you step by step, helping you to make the reservations for both the churches.  If you are planning to visit the museum independently, we recommend reading our BLOG instead.

What to expect

The tour starts with a visit to the Church of Santa Maria Novella, where the Dominican Order still resides nowadays. Over the course of the centuries, this order played an important role in religious, political and scientific events in Florence. 

The Friary, which grew very rapidly, was the propulsive force behind the development of the whole surrounding neighbourhood. Here, the Gothic architecture of the church designed by the friars themselves combines perfectly with the façade completed by Leon Battista Alberti. This was the first work where he rigorously applied the new principles of Renaissance architecture, giving birth to an unrivalled masterpiece. However, the church was also a location where the friars would study astronomical phenomena, as proven by the presence of still functioning sundials and armillary spheres. 

As soon as we enter, our attention will be captured by the Trinity, a famous fresco by Masaccio, but before admiring it from up close we will focus of the Crucifix by Giotto, to understand the origins of Renaissance art. We will then observe the wooden Crucifix by Brunelleschi, before moving towards the frescoes by Ghirlandaio in the Main Chapel, where Michelangelo started his artistic career as an assistant.

Before reaching the cloister featuring the Cappellone degli Spagnoli, we will make a stop in a transept chapel, where we will observe a representation of Hell as described by Dante in the Divine Comedy.

After exiting the Church, we will make our way to the Chiesa del Carmine, where during the 1420s Masaccio and Masolino painted their fresco cycle dedicated to the life of Saint Peter in the Brancacci Chapel. An absolute masterpiece, where the definitive transition from Middle Ages art to the new Renaissance style is fully visible. Here, the stories of the saint’s life are depicted within perspective panels and applying a new monumental anatomy, seeking a perfect balance between form and meaning. The result is a milestone destined to influence entire generations of artists.

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Guided tours organized by Icona Toscana are conducted by authorized tour guides. 

You can choose the language of your tour between Italian and English. However, on request, we can organize tours with trusted colleagues in the following languages: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian.

Our guided tours take place regardless of the weather conditions.

For information on our tours, please contact us at info@iconatoscana.it. We will reply as soon as possible. If you intend to book one or more tours, we will send you a form to compile with data concerning yourself and/or your group plus information regarding the dates of your stay and any particular needs you may want us to know about. 

We require the advance payment of 30% of the total fee via bank transfer or Paypal (with an extra 4% to cover service costs) as guarantee of your confirmation. Once the payment is confirmed, we will send you a voucher featuring a summary of your purchase, including the meeting time and place for your tour.

To cancel the service, please contact us at info@iconatoscana.it and communicate all details of your booking. From the date of booking up to 20 days before the date of the tour, no cancellation penalty will be applied and any payment will be returned. For cancellations communicated between 2 and 20 days before the visit, the penalty amounts to 30% of the total sum, i.e. the down payment which will not be reimbursed. For cancellations communicated less than 48 hours before the tour, we will require full payment of the service fee.

The payment of the tour guide service can be paid in cash (Euro) directly on the day of your visit, via bank transfer or via PayPal (with a 4% extra to cover service costs). This fee does NOT include entrance tickets and reservation fees for museums, churches, temporary exhibits or special events. The fee for tour guide services is VAT free, pursuant to art. 10 – comma 22 – of Presidential Decree n. 633/72.Regardless of reservations, access to museums may be delayed in periods of increased affluence, and the organizer declines all responsibility for these delays.

If you are interested in different tours and visits than those listed on this website, we can agree the compensation fees and conditions via e-mail.

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