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“A Relatively Small Museum BUT Still a Worthwhile Visit”

Museo Nazionale del Bargello
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Ranked #17 of 635 things to do in Florence
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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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“A Relatively Small Museum BUT Still a Worthwhile Visit”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

The Bargello Museum '7th place' attraction in Florence, of those I visited.

Situated in a small square building (with a central square-shaped vertical 'hole', the walls of which have some interesting adornments - photo added to the reivew hopefully), the size of the museum is deceptive BUT it actually occupies 3 floors so there is actually quite a lot to see. This is a true 'museum', rather than a gallery, since the collection concentrates on sculpture (many of them quite delightful) and a multitude of other interesting and often very ornate artefacts. It is well worth a visit !

I am compiling an extensive Trip Advisor 'Trip List' for my recent 6 full-day visit to see the sights of Florence. Please fell free to access it via my TA Profile - I hope it is of interest and use to you and I hope all of my individual reviews/photos get posted properly as I know from past experience that the Trip Advisor submission process sometimes, incorrectly, 'blocks' them despite me being a so-called 'Senior Contributor'.....

Just before covering my personal views of the museum, please note that as official information sources can change and the Internet links at the top of each attraction webpage on Trip Advisor can be wrong (or even absent !) I deal with visitor information/ticketing etc in the dedicated section for the attraction in my TA Trip List. This is because I have sole-control over that, can add Internet links and can edit/update it with ease to reflect changes (reviews cannot be amended after they're posted). It might also contain photos/video links if they fail to get posted with this review or on this webpage....

The museum is located about half way between the Uffizi/Vecchio 'complex' and Duomo, so it is handily positioned as an alternative venue if for no other reason than if queues make other nearby attractions 'impenetrable'. Having said that, it should not be considered a fall-back attraction as there is much of great beauty to see inside and a visit can also offer the potential benefit of being quite peaceful....

Whilst I cover visitor info for the Bargello more fully in my Trip List, it's worth noting here that this attraction is one of the notable few which has a very variable opening hours schedule - with it being open on only a combination of alternate Sundays/Mondays BUT, more importantly, always closing 'early' at 1350hrs (at time of writing).

Even with a relatively low entrance fee, I was still disappointed to find that the entire 3rd floor of the museum was closed when I visited - especially annoying since I didn't see anything notifying me of this situation until AFTER I'd paid my EU4 entrance fee....

Some of the best artefacts are viewable almost immediately after entering the museum, housed in the large (and only) ground-floor room. Spaciously and smartly laid out, I found the small sculptures at the far end to be the most attractive (attributed to, as far as I could see, someone grandly named 'Niccolò di Raffaello di Niccolò dei Pericoli', perhaps aka 'Il Tribolo' - but I'm no art expert !) although others will probably prefer the works of Michelangelo which are on show...

The first floor has much more to see, with a grandly presented large collection of more life-size sculptures (some by Donatello) and, more significantly to my eyes, a massive array of ornate and very pretty artefacts (eg porcelain) mostly housed in large glass display cabinets. The only disappointment here is that whilst you can see everything in the cabinets, a LOT of it gives the impression of being crammed in - items rarely have much free space around them to properly appreciate the entire object and information on them is a little sparse (and rather tattily presented).

I would love to tell you about the apparently interesting items located on the 2nd floor 'Armoury', but as mentioned earlier it was closed - BOO !

You have to visit in the morning, ensure it's an opening day and perhaps check none of the rooms/floors are closed but the centrally-located 'Bargello' houses many very attractive treasures and is worth an hour or two of anyone's time. I also think it is somewhere more inclined to keep children interested.....

Visited February 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Another Florence don't miss”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

We visited the Bargello in the morning before our visit to Accademia and David in the afternoon .There were more sculputures here than in Accademia and definetly worth the visit. Highly recommended. Seeing the David's on the 2nd floor and the door design for the tower near the Duomo was great. The looser of the door contest was then free to design the Duomo roof!

Visited March 2012
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“beautiful building and great value”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

At only 4 euros, it´s well worth a visit and we chose it as an alternative to the overwhelming Uffizi. The sculptures are incredible as are the smaller exhibits and it´s worth remembering that the building was once used as the prison and executions were held in the central courtyard - something to consider as you are sitting on one of the benches enjoying a quiet moment looking into the central courtyard!

Visited April 2012
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

Bargello is full of the most interesting and beautiful art

Visited March 2012
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“Unique Museum with a Unique History”
Reviewed April 4, 2012

The Bargello is another one of Florence's many, many gems. The building has a long history. An important residence, a prison, a place of execution, and now a place to house countless art treasures including works by Donatello, Michelangelo, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Sansovino, Bandinelli, Cellini, and others. A MUST SEE!

Visited March 2012
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