Museo San Marco
The painter Fra (or Beato) Angelico lived and worked at the Friary of San Marco between 1436 and 1445, a period in which he created some of the most enduring images in Christendom. His profoundly spiritual works decorate the halls and cloisters of the ex-monastery, which today is one of Florence's loveliest museums. The Pilgrim's Hospice is dominated by the large Linaiuoli tabernacle, where the principal painting of the Madonna is surrounded by the famous musical angels. On the second floor, at the top of the stairs, you come face-to-face with the ethereal Annunciation, one of Fra Angelico's most famous works, before moving on to the vaulted monk's cells, which were also decorated by the painter and his assistants. The infamous rebel monk Savonarola occupied one of these; the portraits of him were painted by Fra Bartolomeo.