The Bargello (Museo Nazionale del Bargello)
The Bargello © Terrasque
This Gothic Palazzo built in 1255 shelters a treasured national collection of Renaissance sculpture. It's one of the oldest buildings in Florence and has been the setting for some important episodes of history, including sieges, fires and executions: the most famous of these being that of Baroncelli, who was executed for plotting against the Medici and whose execution was witnessed by Leonardo da Vinci. An extensive collection of decorative art is on display, in addition to the magnificent sculptures of Michelangelo, Donatello and Giambologna. The inner courtyard is ornamented with numerous coats of arms and the grand stairwell leading to the second-story loggia overflows with bronze birds created for the Medici's gardens. Other notable displays include an Islamic collection, an assortment of ivories and 16th-century majolica porcelain from Urbino, Faenza and Florence.
Address: Via del Proconsolo 4
Opening times: 8.15am to 1.50pm. Closed on the first, third and fifth Monday of each month; closed on the second and fourth Sunday of each month; and closed on 1 January, 1 May and Christmas Day.