The museum is located in the medieval palace built for the Captain of the People, which in the Medici age became the headquarters of the Bargello (the chief of police), serving also as a prison. In the 19th century the palace was restored and turned into a museum, mainly of Renaissance sculpture. The Sala del Cinquecento on the ground floor houses four statues by Michelangelo and other works by Sansovino, Giambologna and Cellini. In the large 13th-century hall on the first floor there are works by Donatello, including his David and Saint George, and sculptures from the Early Florentine Renaissance: the trial reliefs depicting the Sacrifice of Isaac produced by Brunelleschi and Ghiberti for the competition for the second set of Baptistery doors, and works by Luca della Robbia and Desiderio da Settignano. The second floor houses Tuscan sculptures from the second half of the 15th century, including Verrocchio’s celebrated Young Lady with Flowers and works by Rossellino, Pollaiolo and others. In the chapel there is a cycle of Giottoesque frescoes with a portrait of Dante. The museum also holds a substantial collection of Gothic and Renaissance decorative arts (ivories, jewellery, ceramics, arms, small bronzes and medals), plus a comprehensive range of Italian majolica ware from the 15th century onwards; the glazed terracottas by the Della Robbias are particularly worth seeing.
Museo Nazionale del Bargello
Via del Proconsolo, 4, 50122 Firenze FI, Italia
The sidewalk is connected to the street level directly from the pedestrian crossing. The rooms of the museum are accessible with a wheelchair. The height differences can be overcome thanks to ramps (some of them are steep, help is necessary) and a compatible elevator (size respects requirements). Some of the doorsteps are slightly raised. The Sala del Cinquecento can be reached from the bookshop.
Exits are two, with glass doors in the courtyard. Toilets equipped for the disabled are on the second floor.
There are audio-guides in more languages and it is possible to touch the statues, using cotton or latex gloves.