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Bargello Museum

Bargello Museum, Florence. Photo by Julia Jackson

Hours: Daily 8.15am-1.50pm (closed 1st, 3rd and 5th Mon and 2nd and 4th Sun of each month)
Cost: €4; concessions €2; EU under-18s & over-65s free
Renaissance masterpieces including sculptures, textiles and armoury fill the Bargello Museum in central Florence. This imposing former prison houses sculptures by artists like Michelangelo, Giambologna and Donatello. Don't miss the latter's famous bronze version of David, which is displayed here.
Just as impressive are the collections of textiles and decorative arts, incorporating three extensive late-19th century private collections: the Carrand (Renaissance and Gothic material culture, including medallions, mirrors and textiles), Ressman (arms and armour) and Franchetti (textiles) collections.

The building itself is the oldest surviving seat of government in the city, dating from 1255, when it was known as the Palazzo del Popolo. It was initially the residence of the Captain of the People, the elected supreme government officer, who was in charge for a year. Over the years it became the seat of a series of different public officials. It derives its present name from the 16th century, when it was the residence of the Bargello, the Captain of the Justice in charge of mantaining law and order in the city.

Please visit the museum's website for details of opening days, as they can vary.
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