This museum palace hosts Italy’s largest single collection of Gothic and Renaissance sculptures. It is built around a central courtyard that has a fountain in it; external stairs lead up to the second floor.
The building itself was built in the 13th century, and housed the 'podestà', the highest magistrate of the Florence City Council. The Medicis later installed the city’s police chief, the bargello, in the palace. For centuries, it served as a barracks, prison and execution ground. In the 19th century, after the exile of the Holy Roman Emperor, the temporary governor of the city decided that the building ought to be a museum. Less than a decade later, in 1865, the palace was made into a museum.
Highlights of the museum are:
- Tuscan 16th century works, including sculptures by Michelangelo.
- Works by Andrea Sansovino, Jacopo Sansovino, Baccio Bandinelli, Bartolomeo Ammannati, Benvenuto Cellini, and even Giambologna.
- Several rooms full of decorative pieces and artwork.
- German and French gold works
- Roman and Byzantine ivories
- Limoges porcelain
- Jewels and crystalware
- Glazed terra cottas by Andrea and Giovanni Della Robbia.
- Busts of famous Florentines.
- Medals once owned by the Medici.
- Buy your tickets online to avoid waiting in line.
- Ticket office closes at 1:20pm.
- Free for under 18 years old.
- Half price for EU citizens between 18 and 25.
- Buses C1 and C2 ; stop- Ghibellina - Baiana Viaggi
- Bus 23, C3; stop-Verdi
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34% of people who visit Florence include Bargello Museum And Palace in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
46.24% of people start their Bargello Museum And Palace visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Bargello Museum And Palace
75% of people prefer walking in order to reach Bargello Museum And Palace
Beautiful museum. You'll find amazing sculptures. Home of a symbol of Italy: David by Donatello, and many others masterpieces. You can call Bargello the Uffizi of sculptures. A visit is strongly recommended.
Underrated museum, but well presented exhibits and should get more accolades. Try to spend a good few hours at the Bargello. It will be worth it.
A museum even your husband will love. Beautiful courtyard and rooms filled with works of art. The history of the structure alone is well worth a visit. The Armoury is fascinating!
The statues were exquisite! It is unbelievable to see what these masters were able to do with a block of stone.
Beautiful architecture and detail, filled with magnificent works. Relatively easy cruise through the museum, it does seem to have a lot of monotony with their sculptures, many of the originals have been moved, granted, the replicas are still very old and beautiful. First Sunday of every month is free if you happen to be there; however the tickets are not that expensive, just buy at the counter for €9 and save yourself the €4 online processing fee, it doesn't sell out.