Visiting The Bargello Museum In Florence

I'm slowly making my way through visiting all of the museums in Florence (I've already written about the Accademia and the Bardini), so when J and I were able to enjoy a full-day date the other day, we both jumped on the chance to head to the Bargello. Located in the historic Palazzo del Bargello, the building itself is worth the admission fee because you'll get to marvel at the beautiful frescoes and see a room that was formerly used a chapel. The building is one of the oldest in Florence -- built in 1255 -- and initially used as a headquarters for the "Captain of the People;" in the 16th century, it was used as the residence of the head of the police; and later it was used as a prison. So basically, it is incredibly packed with history, which you feel as you walk into the courtyard and upstairs through the galleries.

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Now getting to the galleries, the Bargello has a range of sculpture, armor and battle equipment, ceramics, religious art, and a massive collection of beautiful jewelry. Jewelry is actually my favorite ancient artwork to look at, and this collection was great!

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Tips for Visiting the Bargello

  • The Bargello is located on Via del Proconsolo, 4, 50122 Firenze FI in the historic Palazzo del Bargello, which was once used a prison.
  • Though visiting museums on a rainy days is typically a great idea, don't visit the Bargello when raining as the courtyard and open halls are the most beautiful, and they'd be ruined for you in the rain.
  • Admission for adults is 8 EUR per person.
  • It took us about 1.5 hours to slowly go through the museum.
  • You can read more about their opening hours and discounted ticketing prices on the Bargello's website.
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Have you visited the Bargello? Did you love it?