The museum of Bargello was built in 1255 by the father of Arnolfo da Cambio, on a plan of a certain Lapo, and until 1545 had been the center of the Florence Podesta, at that time the highest charge of the city. According to the tradition it had necessarily to be a foreign one. In 1502 it became the center of the justice and police council, whose head was called "Bargello".
Converted nowadays in a museum, it lodges sculptures made from 1300 to 1600, and numerous smaller, mostly coming from bequests and donations. Arms, fabrics, furnitures, baked clays with glass, some of which of della Robbia family, seals, small bronzes, majolicas, jewellery, coats of arms, and above all numerous masterpieces by Michelangelo, Tino di Camaino, Ammannati, Giambologna, Donatello and Brunelleschi.
Upon request it is possible to admire a rich Medicean medal showcase with some only copy extant in the world.
Opening times :
Monday - Sunday: 8.15 a.m.- 1.50 p.m.
1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month;
2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.