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.
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