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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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Bargello Private Tour with a 5-Star Guide
Bargello Private Tour with a 5-Star Guide
$82.38 per adult
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Great tour!
Great tour and information other Museum tours help complete. We would highly recommend this tour!! Wonderful. Thank you Alda!
Gary_S, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

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This is one of the few...
Cristiana_V, Jul 2022
Skip The Line for Bargello Museum & Access to Self-Guided Tour in Florence
This is one of the few museums open on Mondays and it has much to see. So use your Monday for a visit! The purchase was easy and the tickets went to my email.
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Less is more
Kevin_M, Jul 2022
Bargello Private Tour with a 5-Star Guide
Guide was brilliant but had to cut tour short due to medical emergency linked to a friend of the guide. Yet this was outstanding with focus on the development of perspective.
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Irina is a fabulous guide!
Angela_E, Jun 2022
Bargello Private Tour with a 5-Star Guide
I highly recommend this tour with Irina as your guide! We learned the history of everything in this extraordinary museum and we had a great time! You won’t regret booking this tour, Irina is the best!
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Wonderful tour!
Leila_T, Jul 2022
Bargello Museum Private Tour: Michelangelo's Bacchus & Donatello's David
Susana was our guide at the Bargello, She was on time, spoke great English and knew an extraordinary amount about the pieces in the museum. She tailored our tour to what we were interested in seeing. The Donatello exhibition was showing at the Bargello and the Strozzi when we were there and we wanted to concentrate on the Donatello. She was very obliging and I feel we got a thorough exposure to those pieces of sculpture. Susana was also kind enough to walk us to the Strozzi where we were going to continue our tour on our own. The Strozzi was several blocks away and she knew exactly what shortcuts to take to get us there.
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Great tour
Brian_B, Oct 2021
Florence: Bargello Museum Tour
Tomato provided a detailed look at the sculptural masterpieces at the Bargello. An excellent experience. Highly recommended.
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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.
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The Donatello Exhibit in Florence—a “must see.”
Harriett_G, May 2022
Bargello Private Tour with a 5-Star Guide
Alda is an excellent tour guide. She is knowledgeable about history and art (she is an artist herself) and has great enthusiasm about Donatello’s sculptures, which were the focus of the tour. She also told us about the history of the Bargello, which was fascinating, and about the Medici dynasty. I highly recommend her as a tour guide.
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Wonderful tour!
David_C, May 2022
Bargello Private Tour with a 5-Star Guide
Alda did very well. From the beginning, she gave a very good explanation of the background of Florence, especially the commercial development that shaped the city and region and made Florence special.
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Great Art experience
Amir_C, Apr 2022
Bargello Private Tour with a 5-Star Guide
Excellent tour proffetional gied. Recommended visit to all, not only art lovers. Donatello is one of the ginuse.
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Passion for Art & History
Susan_A, Apr 2022
Bargello Private Tour with a 5-Star Guide
Alda is passionate about history and art. She knows her subjects and she is lovely for this tour !!! Highly recommend her.
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An important collection that is best experienced with a guide
Stephen_C, Jul 2022
Bargello Private Tour with a 5-Star Guide
A trip to the Bargello is integral to a visit to Florence. A guide is essential to contextualize the works and also helps to efficiently take you through to the central pieces within the museum. Our guide's infectious enthusiasm brought all the works to life, and she highlighted numerous details of each work that we would never have noticed on our own. It's also nice to have a guide who engages both an adult and a teenager and makes the art meaningful. Unless you have an advanced degree in renaissance and gothic art, you should get a guide and understand just what you're standing in front of. Bargello is one of the less busy museums (at least when we visited) so there is more time and space to linger and ponder.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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