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Museo Nazionale del Bargello
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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 10 June 2014

With so much amazing art and history in Florence, it is hard to decide what to see in a limited amount of time. Based on Rick Steves recommendation, we put the Bargello on our must-see list, and we're glad we did. The sculpture museum is open limited hours compared to some of the other sites in Florence, so plan accordingly. There is no need to buy tickets in advance, however. This is a short walk from the Palazzo Vecchio and easy to find.
Not only is the sculpture fascinating and varied, but the building itself tips worth visiting. The outdoor courtyard ringed with sculptures is beautiful on a sunny day. During our visit, a special exhibit on artist/sculptor

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

On the day we visited the crowds here were substantially less than at other attraction visited in Florence. But the Bargello is a gem. The history of the building is fascinating - we spent a considerable time sitting in the main courtyard viewing the building. Add to that a variety of exhibits, some quite famous all makes for a gem.

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Reviewed 6 June 2014

We were staying at the B&B across the way, our hostess recommend we stop by, and so glad we did. What a quiet, interesting Museum, small crowds, a must see

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Reviewed 6 June 2014

We really liked this museum, well organized and with a large inventory of sculptures and war garments. Beautiful hand crafts and miniatures. It is a large museum and they have an exhibit area that is reserved for a season. At this time they have the Baccio Bandinelli collection.(Scultore e Maestro 1493- 1560)

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

The Bargello, also known as the Bargello Palace, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, or Palazzo del Popolo (Palace of the People) is a former barracks and prison, now an art museum, in Florence, Italy. The word "bargello" appears to come from the late Latin bargillus (from Goth bargi and German burg), meaning "castle" or "fortified tower". During the Italian Middle Ages it was the name given to a military captain in charge of keeping peace and justice (hence "Captain of justice") during riots and uproars. In Florence he was usually hired from a foreign city to prevent any appearance of favoritism on the part of the Captain. The position could be compared with that of a current Chief of police. The name Bargello was extended to the building which was the office of the captain. Construction began in 1255. The palace was built to house first the Capitano del Popolo and later, in 1261, the 'podestà', the highest magistrate of the Florence City Council. This Palazzo del Podestà, as it was originally called, is the oldest public building in Florence. The special treat for me was to discover the place that had been in one of my grandmother's photos taken apparently before WWI so I felt a special connection to the building where she had been. The collection inside is interesting and varied.

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