The medieval building where you can admire a good collection of Michelangelo’s and Donatello’s statues, a very interesting sculpture museum!
The museum is open from Monday to Sunday from 8.15am to 5pm
Closed: 1°, 3°, 5° Sunday of the month and 2° and 4° Monday of the month.
Cost: Euro 4
Together with the Palazzo Vecchio is the most important non-religious building in medieval Florence. The front part is the oldest and was founded in 1255. The battlemented tower, known as the Volognana, was built before the palace in 12th century, the bell was use as the alarm bell rung to call the Florentines to arms or assembly, in cases of public emergency or danger
The palace has been used as house of the Captain of the People, then of the Podestà who were running the city and from 1574 it became the headquarters of the Captain of Justice or Bargello (head of the police).
After the building has been used as prison where the condemned where incarcerated, tortured and killed.
Now is a fantastic sculpture museum also if it is really underestimated. Here you can find the Donatello’s and Verrocchio’s David, works by Michelangelo and rooms of Medici treasure.
The best works are in the ground floor room but if you go at the first floor a huge and very high room will welcome you to the main masterpieces of the great Donatello who embraced realism with his lifelike statues, set the personal and artistic style for many Renaissance artists to follow.