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“A must-see in Florence” 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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Private Tour: Florence Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #19 of 414 things to do in Florence
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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.
New York City, New York
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“A must-see in Florence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The bargello is an amazing museum!! The sculptures and statue collection is impeccable and is placed in large rooms with plenty of space and light. Their collection of majolica is overwhelmingly beautiful and unique.

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“Not too crowded.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a good museum to visit, close to the more famous attractions, but without the crowds. Wonderful statues and marbles. The only downside is the extremely aloof customer service from the ticket office. We were not even greeted or thanked.

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“Quiet excellence.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

As mentioned in previous posts, this should be on your 'to do' list when you visit Florence.

On display are some of the finest examples of Renaissance Art, including a collection of Michelangelo's (the statue of Bacchus is a stand out) and I must agree with a previous reviewer that Donatello's David was simply stunning. On our visit we had the place to ourselves, a rare treat given how close you are to places like the Uffizi , it was so nice to be able to take the time to just stand and admire.

However look beyond the Michelangelo's, Donatello's and Verrocchio's and there are other just as worthwhile exhibits, examples include The Carrand Collection, the Sacristy, the Islamic room and finally on the ground floor in one of the temporary exhibition rooms a 14th Century alter piece that has undergone major restoration work.

On the day of our visit the Bargello was being prepared for an evening concert, it was sold out but I cannot think of a better venue to sit and listen to classical music. I can imagine the acoustics would be superb, a far cry from its former use as a prison.
Put it on your to do list!

Visited June 2013
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“Very interesting and uncrowded”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Escape the crowds and enjoy a wonderful collection of sculptures, paintings, and other artifacts. Very reasonable admission; kids free

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“Almost off the beaten track - heaven!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Although situated right next to the Uffizi, this superb collection seems almost ignored by the hordes of tourists. Too bad for them. Great for you!
Here you can enjoy the greatest Renaissance sculptures in a lovely setting and complete peace. Start on the second floor to see the Della Robia's colored terra-cotta sculpture. Then descend to the first floor, to see Donatello's daring and extremely feminine version of 'David'. Unlike that other David, here you can almost touch the sculpture. Also, don't miss the fine, ivory micro sculptures in the room before, dating from the early middle-ages. Finally, there's Michelangelo's Bacchus on the ground floor. Just mentioning the top names here, plenty of other masterworks. Really superb museum.

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