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Bargello Museum

“Housed in a Gothic palazzo built as an arsenal and fortress in 1255, the Bargello later served as an administrative hall and a jail before being transformed into a museum in 1965. Today it houses Florence's greatest collection of Renaissance sculpture, with works by Michelangelo (among his earliest), Donatello, Cellini, Giambologna, and Luca and Giovanni della Robbia. Highlights include Michelangelo's "Apollo", "Bacchus" (looking slightly tipsy), and Madonna-and-child "Pitti Tondo" and Donatello's "David" and "Saint George". The museum also includes collections of medieval weaponry, Oriental rugs, ivory sculpture, 16th-century majolica porcelain, frescoes of the school of Giotto, and historic Renaissance medals.

(1000 Places to See Before You Die)”
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