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“Exquisite statuary” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museo Nazionale del Bargello (Bargello Museum)

Museo Nazionale del Bargello (Bargello Museum)
Via del Proconsolo 4, 50122 Florence, Italy
055 238 8606
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Ranked #14 of 220 attractions in Florence
Type: Art Museums, Historic Sites, Government Buildings
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Housed in the Palazzo del Podesta (1255 AD) as the residence of Florence's chief magistrate, this museum houses an unrivalled collection of Italian Renaissance sculpture.
Dallas, Texas
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“Exquisite statuary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Have missed this spot on previous trips to Florence, but decided to see it this time. It is a beautiful building with a vast array of statuary and decorative arts. We had hired a local guide, as I am not certain that English language tours were offered.

Visited February 2013
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“Happy to return”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

I first saw the collection at the Bargello in 2003 and wanted to revisit. I was not disappointed and, if anything, got more out of this time than before because I had time to focus on particular works rather than being overawed by everything. If you like sculpture then this is the place to go in addition to the Academmia.

Visited November 2012
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San Diego, California
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“I loved this Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

I had been dying to see the second commissioned statue of David by Donnatello. and it was breathtaking. The statue is in bronze and quite different from the later David in marble. The rest of the museum was beautiful.

Visited February 2013
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Amman, Jordan
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“An intriguing way to see Renaissance art work”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

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!

Visited September 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Amazing selection of art without the queues”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed an hour here exploring the delights on offer without the queues in an amazing historical building dating from 1255. Sculptures tend to predominate however there are also collections of ivories, Renaissance jewels and Islamic art. Not bad value for 4€. Unfortunately the second floor was closed the day I visited.

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