The palace was built in 1255 on commission of Fazione del Popolo (People Guard) as fortress and arsenal to hold out against noble family of Florence. In 1865 a superb collection of sculpture from the Florentine Renaissance and an assembly of small renaissance bronzes was installed, including works of art by Michelangelo, Donatello, Cellini and Gianbologna. From courtyard you can approach the first room with masterpieces by Michelangelo, "Tondo Pitti" and "Bacco", and many other mythological sculptures. On the ground floor, there are works of art by Cellini and Giambologna, including his "Mercurio (Mercury)" and "Firenze vittoriosa su Pisa
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- From January 2 to April 11 and from November 2 to December 31: 8:15 to 13:50.
- From April 12 to November 1: 8:15 to 17:00.
- first, third and fifth Monday of the month
- second and fourth Sunday of the month.
Entry to the Bargello Museum is available every 15 minutes!
Reservations must be made with a minimum of 1 day notice.
Reservations are limited to 30 persons maximum.
European Union citizens aged 18 to 25
Children under 18 years old from any country
Children under 12 (must be accompanied by an adult)
Tourist guides and interpreters (accompanying a group), with official documentation
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Free admission the first Sunday of every month
Italian and European school groups accompanied by their teachers, with official authorization from the school and with an advance booking made directly with the museum.
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Bargello Museum Audio Guides Rental Service
Make the most of your visit to the Bargello Museum – book your Bargello Museum audio guide, after choosing the date, time and number of tickets for your visit to the Bargello Museum! Make sure you don't miss important works of art, and supplement what you know with the audio guide's insightful commentary.
- Audio guides are available in English and Italian.
- The audio guided visit has a complete duration of 1 hour and 40 minutes and includes a selection of the most important works of art in the Museum. To learn more about the works of art on view, choose the desired room and listen to the explanation of selected works in that room.
- You will receive a confirmation voucher (valid only for the audio guide) together with the confirmation voucher for your visit to the museum. In order to pick up the audio guide, please deposit this voucher at the Audio Guides Desk – at the bookshop close to the ticket counter – along with a valid identity document (passports, identity cards or driver's license – only originals are accepted).
- In case of loss or failure to return the audio guide, visitors will be requested to pay the cost (€ 250.00 per each audio guide).
The National Museum of the Bargello
The Bargello palace was built in 1255 by the Fazione del Popolo (People\'s Guard) as fortress and arsenal to hold out against the noble families of Florence. In 1865 a superb collection of sculpture from the Florentine Renaissance and an assembly of small renaissance bronzes was installed, including works of art by Michelangelo, Donatello, Cellini, and Giambologna.
The walls of the medieval courtyard are decorated with the armorial symbol of the Podestà, the highest magistrate of the city of Florence,and with sculptures from the 16th century, including the Oceano by Giambologna which was once at home in the Boboli gardens. A well stands in the center of the courtyard, where executions were once held.
As you enter the first room from the courtyard, you\'ll discover masterpieces by Michelangelo, such as the Tondo Pitti and the Bacco, and many other mythological sculptures.
On the ground floor, there are works of art by Cellini and Giambologna, including his Mercurio (Mercury) and Firenze vittoriosa su Pisa (Florence\'s victory over Pisa).
On the first floor, you will find the Salone del Consiglio (Council Hall), characterized by its high ceiling, once the tribunal hall. Here, you will see some of the finest works of Donatello such as his marble sculpture of the youthful David, and the sculpture of Saint George, carved for and once part of the external walls of the Orsanmichele church. You\'ll also see Donatello\'s later, much-discussed bronze David.
On this floor you can visit the Ivory Room with the Carrand collection, 265 pieces that may be dated between the 5th and 17th century, including diptychs, ceramic tiles, reliquaries. The second room houses the Bargello safe with precious wrought iron decorations. From this room you enter the chapel of Maria Magdalena with the vestry of the Sacristy, where the condemned awaited their death. The religious paintings on the wall are by Giotto\'s school. In the Islamic room you can take a glance at oriental carpets and examples of Damascene bronze, some from the grand-ducal collections. The museum also displays rare wooden sculptures and Venetian glass, as well as an important collection of maiolica from Urbino, Siena, Orvieto, and Florence.
On the second floor, there are many glazed terracotta objects in two rooms, including the Busto di fanciullo (Baby\'s bust) by Andrea della Robbia. There is also an exhibition of Italian medals and an exquisite collection of small Renaissance bronzes. The Sala delle Armi contains fascinating medieval ivories, armory, and weapons.