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“Hidden gem” 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 214 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.
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“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We loved this museum so rich in history and artistic treasures. It,s not on the top list but really worth the visit.

Visited April 2013
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“Must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Several major works that are here must be seen. As is the problem with most places in Florence, it gets extremely crowded so go early.

Visited April 2013
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“Amazing collection in an amazing building!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

One of the less crowded attracted which deserves much more attention for the fortress like home of the head of the Florence judicary who , to avoid local family prejudice had to come from at least 50km away!

Quite the best collection of sculptures.

And the best value lunch in the little square outside.

Free to over 65s on presentation of EC passport

Visited April 2013
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“Must for sculpture fans”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

The building itself has a great history and interesting courtyard. An excellent selection of ceramics in which you can see where "Tuscan style" came from.

Visited April 2013
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“Michelangelo and much more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This museum is often overlooked - but if you are able to spend a few days in Florence, do give yourself a treat. This palazzo has the largest collection of Renaissance sculpture in one spot (e.g. Michelangelo's Bacchus, Donatello's David) plus silver and ivory pieces, coins, tapestries, etc. An exquisite and delicate Crucifix (attributed to Michelangelo) took my breath away. The museum itself is a delight, with its 'Romeo and Juliet' inner courtyard. It is the oldest public building in Florence and has served as residence for the chief magistrate, police headquarters and a prison (hence the name). Be prepared to climb several staircases, as usual in Florence.

Visited November 2012
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