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Bargello Museum (Museo Nazionale del Bargello)
Bargello Museum (Museo Nazionale del Bargello)

Bargello Museum (Museo Nazionale del Bargello)

Via del Proconsolo, 4, Venice, Veneto

The Basics

Palazzo del Podestà, Florence’s oldest public building, served as a barracks and prison before becoming the National Museum of the Bargello in 1865. Today, the art museum is home to an extensive collection of Renaissance works displayed in a series of vast apartments, including gold, armor, bronze animals made for the Medici family gardens as well as tapestries. The centerpiece of the Bargello collection, however, is the statuary that dates from the 14th to 16th centuries.

This is one of the most popular art collections in Florence; avoid a long wait by booking skip-the-line tickets ahead. Many Renaissance Florence walking tours include a stop at the Bargello; there’s a lot of art and history to take in, though, so consider reserving a private tour with an expert guide.

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Florence: Bargello Museum Tour
Florence: Bargello Museum Tour
$54.29 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour
Tomato provided a detailed look at the sculptural masterpieces at the Bargello. An excellent experience. Highly recommended.
Brian_B, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

Bargello Palace
Matthew_S, Dec 2019
Skip the Line Bargello Palace and Museum Private Guided Tour
What a Gem. Our guide, Leonardo was wonderful. He was extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions we had. Highly recommend this tour. The statues were amazing.
Amazing Museum
Patricia F, Jul 2019
Skip the Line: Bargello Museum Ticket
This museum is my favorite of all time. Just the building itself is worth the visit. And the sculpture and other artifacts are very diverse and interesting. It is a nice change from all the 2 dimensional art you see at the other museum in Florence.
MaryLouise_F, Apr 2019
Florence: Bargello Museum Tour
This was a wonderful tour. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and an excellent presenter. It was a special Verocchio exhibit which was a bonus. It was morning which made for a quieter more pleasant tour. Overall delightful!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Highlights include bronze relief panels created by Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello'sDavid andSt. George Tabernacle, Michelangelo'sPitti Tondo, and Sansovino'sBacchus.

  • In the Bargello Chapel, don't miss the one of the oldest portraits of the poet Dante Alighieri, part of a fresco fragment attributed to Giotto.

  • The Bargello Museum is wheelchair accessible.

  • Large bags, backpacks, and umbrellas must be left at the free coat check.

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How to Get There

The Bargello Museum is located on Via del Proconsolo; it’s a 10-minute walk from Santa Maria Novella train station.

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When to Get There

The Bargello Museum is free the first Sunday of the month, so those days are especially crowded. The museum is closed on alternating Sundays and Mondays; to avoid confusion, visit Tuesday through Saturday.

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Palazzo della Podestà

With its fortified and crenellated facade, maze-like interior with fine halls, balconies, and loggia overlooking a courtyard, this austere, fortress-like building was the inspiration for Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

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