Visit the Bargello Museum's excellent displays of Italian sculptures with this skip-the-line ticket. The palace itself was built in 1255 by the people of Florence as a symbol of their victory over the nobility, and was the site for the people's government and jurisdiction. The former fortress and arsenal now holds a superb collection of sculpture, one of the most important in all of Italy.
Visit: Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, TuscanyAs you enter the first room from the courtyard, you'll discover masterpieces by Michelangelo. On the ground floor, there are works of art by Cellini and Giambologna. On the first floor, you will find the Salone del Consiglio (Council Hall), characterized by its high ceiling, that was once the tribunal hall. Here, you will see some of the finest works of Donatello and the Ivory Room with the Carrand collection. This collection contains 265 pieces that may be dated between the 5th and 17th century, including diptychs, ceramic tiles, and reliquaries.On the second floor, there are many glazed terracotta objects in two rooms, including the Busto di fanciullo (Baby's bust) by Andrea della Robbia. There is also an exhibition of Italian medals and an exquisite collection of small Renaissance bronzes. The Sala delle Armi contains fascinating medieval ivories, armory, and weapons.