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A group of friars from Pisa founded the church of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Florence in 1268. Building began with the financial assistance of the Comune, or municipality, and of Florence's wealthiest familes, and continued until well after the consecration date (1422), being completed only in 1475. The west front of the church was never finished, and it continues to sport a rough stone and brick façade to this day.
As the community gradually began to purchase the surrounding land, the complex started to grow with the construction of the convent proper. Building work began on the first cloister, the dorter, the frater, the chapter house and the infirmary in the late 13th century. Decoration of the new buildings proceeded apace between the 14th and 15th centuries, as shown by a series of frescoes either still in situ or since detached, and as the convent grew in importance, a number of lay fraternities made it their seat. In the 14th century it was raised to the level of Studium Generale, or university with the power to award degrees. St. Andrea Corsini (1301-1374) took his monastic vows here.
The church was altered in the 16th century when, like other churches in Florence, it was given a major overhaul to bring it into line with the precepts dictated by the Council of Trent.  Working to orders from Duke Cosimo I, architect Giorgio Vasari removed the rood screen, placed the choir in the chancel and completely renewed the altars. This was followed by a major modernisation programme in the convent itself. The first cloister was renovated between 1597 and 1612, leading to the loss of Masaccio's celebrated fresco entitled La Sagra. This was followed by the erection of the second refectory, known as the Sala Vanni after the artist who painted the fresco decorating it (circa 1645), and of the new library.
A devastating fire broke out in 1771, destroying the interior of the church and the leading to the loss of most of its furnishings. Only the old Sacristy (with its early 15th century frescoes), the Brancacci Chapel and the Corsini Chapel (1675-1683), a fine and rare example of the Roman Baroque style in Florence, were spared. Within the space of a few years the church was totally renovated in the late Baroque style by architect Giuseppe Ruggieri with the assistance of painters Giuseppe Romei and Domenico Stagi, acquiring the aspect that it still has today.



Access to the Cappella Brancacci is from the entrance that leads to the cloister of the church of Santa Maria del Carmine situated at Piazza del Carmine no. 14. Access to the chapel is granted to a maximum of 30 people at a time for a 30-minute visit. It is not possible to visit the chapel by going through the church. The museum is accessible to disabled visitors.


Piazza del Carmine 14 Tel.055 2382195

Opening times

Access to the Cappella Brancacci is by groups of a maximum of 30 people and for a maximum of 30 minutes (Free reservation but compulsory).

Mon/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday and religious holidays: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on Tuesday

Last entry: 45 minutes before museum closing time
Closed on New Year’s Day, 7 January, Easter Sunday, 16 July, 15 August, Christmas Day




The reservation is highly recommended and can be booked until the day before the visit. We’d like to inform that between 1st March and 31st May and during festivity and public holidays, due to the high number of visitors, the acces is not guaranteed without the reservation. For groups and school groups the reservation is always mandatory.

Only dual tickets for the Brancacci Chapel and the Fondazione Salvatore Romano may be purchased for reservations on Saturday, Sunday and Monday    


Full price

euro 10,00  
Concession euro  7,00 age 18-25, university students


Brancacci Chapel on Wednesday,Thursday and Friday:


Full price


euro 8.00
euro 6.00

Free  of charge  

under the age of 18
disabled visitors and their companions
student groups and their teaching staff with proof of status
tour guides and interpreters
member of ICOM, ICOMOS and ICCROM


The reservation service is free
Tel. +39 055 2768224 – +39 055 2768558 
Monday to Saturday 9.30 am -1.00pm  e 2.00pm  -5.00pm , Sundays and holidays  9.30am -12.30 pm
School groups:

città di firenze
Comune di Firenze
Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria
P.IVA 01307110484
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