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Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

4 Via del Proconsolo
Italy 50022
Tel: 39 055 238 8606; advance tickets 39 055 294 883's insider take:

The Bargello occupies a rather forbidding building that was once the city jail; the romantic Gothic courtyard was the site of the gallows and chopping block. Today, the museum houses a fabulous collection of sculpture by Michelangelo, Donatello, Benvenuto Cellini, Giambologna, and others. On the ground floor, don't miss Cellini's bronze bust of Cosimo I, Giambologna's famous Mercury, and Michelangelo's Pitti Tondo. Upstairs, look out for Donatello's St. George and his androgynous bronze David.

Open Tuesday through Saturday 8:15 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Also open (same times) first, third, and fifth Monday of month and second and fourth Sunday.

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