Brancacci Chapel Question..

Jan 24th, 2008, 06:55 AM
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Brancacci Chapel Question..

Is this information accurate? You must have a reservation and you see a 40 minute film before you view the chapel? Thank you.
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Jan 24th, 2008, 07:03 AM
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Hello travelfan1

When we were there in March 06, we did not need a reservation. We just walked in and bought a ticket.

However, they did watch have us sit down to watch the movie (very long, I admit, but it had lots of details if that's your thing).

Then in March 07 we went again, bought tickets but did not watch the movie.

Hope this helps!

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Jan 24th, 2008, 07:10 AM
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I was there in October 2006-no reservation needed(I had read that you were required to make one but my hotel told me no & they were correct). As to the second part, what movie? We just walked in, paid(the big part) and enjoyed-go on a suuny day as the chapel can be difficult to see. Good Luck
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Jan 24th, 2008, 07:34 AM
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This is what I read on a ticket website. Is the film worth it?


A 40-minute film in English entitled "The Eye of Masaccio" precedes your viewing of the chapel.

Viewing time is restricted to 15 minutes.

The Brancacci Chapel is not handicap accessible.


You must be at the museum 10 minutes before your scheduled entrance time to redeem your tickets.

Reservations are required to visit the Brancacci Chapel.

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Jan 24th, 2008, 07:34 AM
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I never had any reservation and saw no movie at the Brancacci Chapel.

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Jan 24th, 2008, 07:40 AM
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Well........we'll just show up and see what happens!!
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The film, "Eye of Masaccio" explains and illuminates the Chapel art. We travelled 3000 miles to experience Masaccio's "Expulsion from the Garden" (#1 on my lengthy Fireze list to experience). Do not miss this film if your purpose is to visit the Chapel for an spiritual/art experience. 11 months after our trip--I view and enjoy "Expulsion" daily. ab
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Aug 16th, 2010, 05:42 AM
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When I visited the Brancacci chapel two years ago, I had made two consecutive reservations because 15 minutes are not nearly sufficient to view one of the main works of European painting. When I showed up, there were hardly any visitors, and the lady at the ticket booth was incredibly nice and said "you pay just one ticket and stay as long as you wish since the chapel is empty anyway". Nobody told me to watch the film, and I didn't.
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Aug 16th, 2010, 06:22 AM
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When I went to the Brancacci in May of 1999 they were very strict about reservations and the time limit. I had a reservation, waited quietly in a line with a small group, was carefully escorted in, and was reminded that I had only 15 minutes inside and that no photography was allowed.

When I returned two years ago in May, I had a reservation, but when I got there at the appointed time, there was no one in line, I was told to just go on in, I spent as much time as I wanted inside, and people were brazenly taking photos, mostly without flash. Some were chastised for taking photos, to no avail. If there was a film to see, mandatory or otherwise, I was not told.
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Aug 16th, 2010, 06:59 AM
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The no-photo rule was taken very strictly on the day when I was there (two years ago, just like you, wanderful). The attendant kicked a private group of visitors out when they didn't want to listen and continued to take pictures after they had been admonished.
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Aug 16th, 2010, 08:01 AM
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I meant to correct my error. I was in Florence in 2009, not two years ago.

So maybe the attendants have all but given up when it comes to showing flagrant photographers the door for their transgressions. (For sheer futility, nothing matches the plight of the poor souls who try to prevent photography in the Sistine Chapel.)
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Aug 16th, 2010, 08:04 AM
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I've read that you can just show up and get a same day reservation? Any recent experiences with that?
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Aug 16th, 2010, 08:24 AM
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wanderful, I suspect (or hope?) it just depends on the person in charge.

Marija, I'm sure you could on most days, at least if you are prepared to return two hours later for your visit.
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