The Bargello Museum was originally built as a fortress in the center of Florence. It’s purpose back then was to be the headquarters of the People’s Captain and later of the Podestá. Following this, the building was used as a prison for almost three centuries and its name is due to the police chief of the moment.
This medieval palace is now home The National Museum of Bargello. Inside, this museum houses the largest collection of sculptures from the Tuscan Renaissance in the world. There are works created by Verrocchio, Michelangelo, Donatello, and more. Additionally, there is a significant selection of medieval French ivories and Italian majolica and arms.
Some of Michelangelo’s earliest sculptures are in The National Museum of Bargello, including the “Bacco” (1496), “Tondo Pinti” (1504), “Bruto” or “David-Apollo”. The ceramic and weapons rooms located on the second floor of the museum is a great attraction that changes things up for the traditional sculptures and paintings.
Tuesday – Sunday: 8:15am-4:20pm
Tickets can be purchased the day of in-person or you may purchase tickets online. Click here to book online.
If you have a European Passport, you are eligible for a reduced ticket price! European Union citizens only, between 18 and 26 years old can show their passport or ID for a reduced ticket.
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