August 6, 2010, Newsletter Issue #42: Bargello

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Bargello is one of the most famous Florence museums and the national museum of Italy. The museum houses Donatello's David, Gianbologna's Mercury, and Michelangelo's Brutus amongst other famous pieces of art.

The building that the Bargello is in was built around 1200 and was once the city prison. The building was transformed into a museum in 1865 and currently houses the largest collection of Gothic and Renaissance sculptures in Italy. In addition to work by Michelangelo, Gianbologna, and Donatello the museum has a large collection of textiles, ceramics, silver, ivory and old coins.

Bargello is about a 10 minute walk from Santa Maria Novella Station. The station can be easily accessed by bus or train. You can also take a taxi to the museum from anywhere in town.

Admission to Bargello is 4 Euros for adults and 3 Euros for students. If you are traveling with a larger school group admission is free with a note on school letterhead indicating the names of all of the schools guests. The museum is open Monday through Sunday from 8:15-2 and is closed during major holidays as well as the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday of each moth and 2nd and 4th Sunday.

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