Art collection: the frescoes of Benozzo Gozzoli

In Castelfiorentino, art lovers can admire Gozzoli’s tabernacles of the Madonna of the Tosse and the Visitation

The new museum designed by Massimo Mariani was built as if it were a made-to-measure suit: its layout aims to give visitors an integral view of two priceless artworks by the famed Florentine painter. The two fresco works on display are: the tabernacle of the Madonna of the Tossa (1484), and the Tabernacle of the Madonna delle Grazie, also called the Visitation (1490-91). Gozzoli made these two very important artworks for parish churches in the Tuscan countryside.

Because it was no longer possible to place them in their original locations, local officials embarked on a 20-year long project to safely display these artworks to the public. This is how the museum came to be. The construction of the new museum and the renovation of the adjacent San Carlo Oratory, located on via Testaferrata, was made possible thanks to a 20-year long project that aimed to finally showcase these two artworks in a local museum.

Didactic and multimedia stations are present throughout the museum, and were made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Institute and Museum of the History of Science. The interactive applications allow visitors to explore the details of the frescoes or view a video on the historical context in which they were created.

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday for groups by appointment only, from 9am to 1pm or all day.
Tuesday and Thursday, from 4pm to 7pm.
Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 12pm and 4pm to 7pm.

Ticket Price:
Full 3€; reduced 2€
Cumulative ticket with the Santa Verdiana Museum: full 4€, reduced 3€.
Cumulative ticket with the Sistema Museale della Valdelsa Fiorentina: full 5€; reduced 4€.

Disabled Access:
Full access to the disabled.

via Testaferrata, 31
Tel.: 057164448 (Museum) 0571686338 (culture and civic library office),
Situated between the Valle dell’Arno and the Valle dell’Elsa
Like many other small Tuscan towns, Castelfiorentino came into being as a result of trade and pilgrims who were travelling through the area from northern Europe to Rome on the Via Francigena pilgrims’ route. The town was originally called ‘Castelvecchio’ (Old Castle) as the town grew on the site of and ancient Roman castle called Timignano. ...