i think the Bargello Museum is often overlooked but really it is a charming way to see some very important crafts and artwork of the Renaissance--and earlier. It doesn't have the lines--but get your ticket ahead! The Bargello was a jail, but today as you enter the open courtyard immediately you catch the ambiance. The September day we visited it was awash in sunlight, with dramatic shadows over the open corridor up the flight of stairs that joins the two sections of the building. It was exciting to see the masterpieces of Rafael's sculpture, and to also see the lovely fabric and needlework from that era. Inside the rooms are bright so you can see the details of the artwork, and the public restrooms are easily accessible and clean. This is a wonderful experience to see on your own some of the masterpieces of not only painting and sculpture, but also architectural elements of some of the famous buildings in Florence. From there it was a short walk to Il Doumo, and the square---Don't miss it!
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