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“must see Donatello's David”

Museo Nazionale del Bargello
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Ranked #19 of 648 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..
Reviewed November 9, 2012

This museum is not visited as often as the uffizi or the academia. There is no wait to get in, but you have to check opening times. We had to go twice to find it open. Once in there is a great collection of sculptures. The most notable is Donatello's David, which is a must see for every art lover.
There are other notworthy items in this museum like a good collection of pottery spanning a long period of time. There is also a nice collection of metal work.
All together a very worthwhile stop.

Thank axel k
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

This is a must-see for fans of sculpture and architecture. The works of Bernini, Donatelo and Michelangelo are presented in an awesome setting. Avoid the crowds of the Academia and go here first.

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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Worth the time. More quiet than Uffizi. Classic artwork. Not as well advertised so fewer crowds. Court yard would be lovely in warm weather.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Go to the Bargello first, as it closes early (1:50 PM). I was advised that in high season, it is recommended to book in advance. However, I went the first Friday in November, and there were absolutely no lines. At €4, you'd be hard pressed to find a better way to spend your time and money.

Although you'll be tempted to take photos of so many of the priceless pieces of art which are so carefully displayed, be forewarned that it is forbidden except in the courtyard, so support the local economy by making a stop at their splendid gift shop on the way out. You'll be rewarded with far finer results than what you might hurriedly snap in your frenzy to somehow take it all in.

The courtyard walls - once the site of executions (!) - carry the various coats of arms of the chief magistrates whose headquarters were once located here. ("The Bargello" was the Chief of Police.) Before that, it was a prison, and before that (1255) the first seat of Florence's city government. I really admire how Florentine buildings continue to be "repurposed" through the centuries, which gives this city its aura of living history. Well, that, and the fact that countless laws regulate what can - but mostly cannot - be renovated. (Say what? You want an elevator? Ha! Start climbing, baby.)

On the ground floor is located an enormous room full of the most astounding examples of sculpture I have ever seen. Michelangelo, Donatello, della Robbia, Giambologna, Cellini... they are all more than represented. Check out Donatello's campy 'David' wearing nothing but long boots and a hat. I can just imagine his mother saying, "Oh no, Little Mister. You're not going out of my house looking like that!"

Highly recommended.

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

I love the Bargello! Everyone comes to Florence anxious to see Michelangelo's David, but I want to see Donatello's David and Verrocchio's David, both housed in the Bargello. There are so many lovely things here and you can view them without the crowds found in some of the other museums. Opens early and closes early, so watch your time!

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