See the superb collection of Florentine sculptures at the Bargello Museum. Skip the line and spend as much time as you wish admiring masterpieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, Cellini, & Gianbologna.
After serving for many centuries as a prison and police station, the fortress-like Bargello was transformed into the National Museum of Sculpture in 1886 - on Donatello's five-hundredth birthday. The Bargello's courtyard, loggia and frescoed rooms are filled with marble and bronze masterpieces by Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini, Bernini and others. Particularly important to the history of Florence are two bronze panels of the Sacrifice of Isaac by Lorenzo Ghiberti and Filippo Brunelleschi for the competition to decorate the doors of the Baptistry. Had Brunelleschi won this contest, he might not have gone on to design the great dome of the Duomo of Florence.
You must be at the museum 15 minutes before your scheduled entrance time to redeem your tickets.
The Bargello is wheelchair accessible. Entrance to the Bargello is free for all children under 18 years of age, however you can make a reservation. Please note that there is a fee for the reservation. Tickets for children under 6 are free and they do not require an advanced reservation when entering with an adult.
This is a favorite spot for most well-seasoned Florence travelers... and is located approximately 5 minutes by foot from the Duomo.
The Bargello allows reserved entrances every 15 minutes from 8:15 am onwards. The museum officially closes at 2:00 pm.
You are allowed to stay in the museum as long as you would like after entrance. You should plan for at least 1 hour to view the full collection.
The Bargello is closed every second and fourth Sunday of the month, every first, third and fifth Monday of the month as well as January 1, May 1, August 15 and December 25.
Reservation requests for this museum generally can be confirmed in one business day. If you place your order on Friday, confirmation will not be available until Monday.
The Bargello is located near the the Duomo and is only a 5 minute walk from the Galleria degli Uffizi and Palazzo Vecchio, a 10 minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio and Pitti Palace and 10 minute walk from the Galleria dell'Accademia.
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There was no line for this museum when we arrived mid afternoon in July so I don't know if the reservation was necessary but the Museum was very interesting.
The Bargello was beautiful and imposing in itself and the artifacts on display inside were fascinating. Lovely statuary and beautiful frescoes fascinated our family of four. I highly recommend this delightful museum.
Highly recommend using Select Italy for ticket purchases. This process far exceeded my expectations and no lines. We just went right in when folks were in line for hours at the museum. And, when we had flight delays and could not make a reservation, I called the number provided and they very kindly rescheduled it and faxed the new reservation to the hotel and it was there before we got there. Hats off to Select Italy for providing such a great service.
I had a reservation for 1 p.m. Showed up at 9 a.m. and got in with no problems. The moral of the story is, show up early and you will have no problems. Great museum, and very few crowds (at least in the morning). I was very pleased to find that my 1 p.m. reservations did not present a hinderance to earleir admission. This is a "must-see" destination for Florence.
The Bargello ticket office readily accepted my Select Italy voucher, but the voucher did not appear to save me any time, because I still had to wait in a (relatively short) line. Still I liked having the vouchers for this and other attractions because I was able to pre-pay the events and thus reduce my costs during my vacation trip. It didn't appear to me that the Bargello was enforcing any timed entry requirements - I was 30 minutes early and they didn't question my entry at all. That's not to say that Bargello might enforce timed entries during periods of peak demand, but they were not enforcing them while I was there.