Il tour

This tour starts with a visit of the Bargello museum, once a fortress that was erected in 1255 as Florence’s first public building, which then became a police station and a city prison, and finally it was transformed into a museum. After viewing the many renaissance masterpieces of Bargello you will proceed to Accademia which features Michelangelo’s David and other unique renaissance sculptures by this master.

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What You Visit?

Bargello museum

The word bargello comes from the late Latin bargillus meaning castle or fortified tower. Since its construction in 1255 this rather austere yet imposing building has served as the office of the 'podestà', the highest magistrate of the Florence City Council, then as police station and as a prison. In fact in the late renaissance executions took place in Bargello’s courtyard. The Bargello opened as a national museum (Museo Nazionale del Bargello) in 1865, displaying the largest Italian collection of gothic and Renaissance sculptures (14–17th century).
The museum houses masterpieces by Michelangelo, such as his Bacchus, Pitti Tondo (or Madonna and Child), Brutus and David-Apollo. Its collection includes Donatello's bronze David This is one of the most famous pieces of Italian Renaissance sculpture. David slaying Goliath is one of the symbols of Florence. In fact Donatello was a crucial precursor of renaissance sculpture. Without his groundbreaking works Michelangelo could have never become the artist known today.


Only a few blocks from Bargello is Accademia, featuring Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, sculpted from the finest white marble of Carrara. The gallery boasts a superb collection of other works by Michelangelo including the “Prisoners” commissioned by the pope Julius II in 1534

General Info


about 3 hours
Meeting Point:

on guest request

available for guest outside Florence

Intended For:

This tour is organized for the guests who know already the major sites of the city, and perhaps have already been once at the Accademia and Bargello, but would like to discover and understand the evolution of the sculpture in the Florentine renaissance.