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Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

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Government Building Historic Site
Housed in the Palazzo del Podestà, Museo Nazionale del Bargello features a splendid collection of Italian renaissance sculptures. Admire masterpieces such as Donatello's "David and St. George Tabernacle," Michelangelo's "Brutus," and Cellini's bronze bust of Cosimo. Don't miss the small assortment of Baroque works, including Bernini's bust of his lover Costanza Bonareli. The palace also displays ceramics, tapestries, armor, furniture, and old coins. Plan your Museo Nazionale del Bargello visit and explore what else you can see and do in Florence using our Florence trip itinerary builder.
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  • A magnificent sculpture gallery, with Donatello's famous David. Michaelangelo's Bacchus on the third floor. But just let yourself spend some time on the 2nd floor looking at the differences among the ...  more »
  • Florence was getting busy by this time of year (late May) but we found this museum pleasantly quiet. Beautiful building and many great sculptures. We spent about three hours here. Highly recommend!  more »
  • Much quieter than the main museums in Florence, the sculptures, pottery, and art in here are unending!!! A definite must stop .  more »
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  • A smaller museum which houses a lot of sculptures from Michelangelo and pieces from the surrounding centuries, the building itself is nice architecture different from your usual marble during the time. Since it doesn't even look like a museum or have many signs, the line is short and the crowd is small compared to the big ones. Good if you want to get away for a bit from the crowds.
  • An genuine gem in Florence. Should be on the 'must see' list. Beautiful old building, used in large part as a jail centuries ago. Great display on the ground floor, but a fantastic display on the upper second floor. Truly a remarkable building and a great collection of wonderful art. The statuary alone on the two floors is not to be missed. And please be sure to see the wooden Christ figure on the second floor, attributed to Michelangelo. A breathtaking piece of art.
  • This is my favorite museum. The paintings and sculptures and 13th Century pieces were great. The David by Donatello is my personal favorite because there is so much analysis and meaning behind the painting and the Painter himself. I like everything in the museum because it reminds me that i want to keep studying the Renaissance and the David by Donatello.
  • Surely one of the best museums in Florence, with the best sculptures of the best florentine artists from 1300 to 1800. Also great history of the building. Form a group and get a guide, it's worth it!
  • A small but very beautiful museum with many, many works of Michelangelo and Donatello