The Bargello palace 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. Discover works from influential Tuscan sculptors of the 14th to the 16th century, and especially brilliant works by Cellini, della Robbia, Giambologna, Donatello, and Michelangelo.
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The Bargello palace was built in 1255 by the Fazione del Popolo (People's Guard) as fortress and arsenal to hold out against the noble families of Florence. In 1865 a superb collection of sculpture from the Florentine Renaissance and an assembly of small renaissance bronzes was installed, including works of art by Michelangelo, Donatello, Cellini, and Giambologna.
The walls of the medieval courtyard are decorated with the armorial symbol of the Podestà, the highest magistrate of the city of Florence,and with sculptures from the 16th century, including the Oceano by Giambologna which was once at home in the Boboli gardens. A well stands in the center of the courtyard, where executions were once held.
As you enter the first room from the courtyard, you'll discover masterpieces by Michelangelo, such as the Tondo Pitti and the Bacco, and many other mythological sculptures.
On the ground floor, there are works of art by Cellini and Giambologna, including his Mercurio (Mercury) and Firenze vittoriosa su Pisa (Florence's victory over Pisa).
On the first floor, you will find the Salone del Consiglio (Council Hall), characterized by its high ceiling, once the tribunal hall. Here, you will see some of the finest works of Donatello such as his marble sculpture of the youthful David, and the sculpture of Saint George, carved for and once part of the external walls of the Orsanmichele church. You'll also see Donatello's later, much-discussed bronze David.
On this floor you can visit the Ivory Room with the Carrand collection, 265 pieces that may be dated between the 5th and 17th century, including diptychs, ceramic tiles, reliquaries. The second room houses the Bargello safe with precious wrought iron decorations. From this room you enter the chapel of Maria Magdalena with the vestry of the Sacristy, where the condemned awaited their death. The religious paintings on the wall are by Giotto's school. In the Islamic room you can take a glance at oriental carpets and examples of Damascene bronze, some from the grand-ducal collections. The museum also displays rare wooden sculptures and Venetian glass, as well as an important collection of maiolica from Urbino, Siena, Orvieto, and Florence.
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.
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The Dr. Vranjes store is located in Via della Spada 9/r, at the center of Florence's quadrangular shopping area, close to the most prestigious brands of fashion and a few steps from the luxurious Via Tornabuoni.
The store has become a window into the Dr. Vranjes universe, in which customers from all over the world recognize themselves.
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Via della Spada 9r - Firenze
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Since 1888, Dante Cardini is one of the landmark jewelers on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You will find brands such as CHIMENTO jewelry, Roberto Poggiali and BARAKA, with contemporary design, as well as the exclusive DANTE CARDINI creations for the more traditional taste.
Owners Massimo and Elisabetta will welcome you in the elegant but informal atmosphere of the store, and guide you in a unique and unforgettable experience for a visit to the terraces from which you will enjoy the beautiful view over the Arno River and the city of Florence.
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Gioielleria Cardini - Ponte Vecchio 34/R - Florence
Founded in 1860, Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri is one of the oldest companies in the silversmithing industry of Florence.
Gianna and her sister-in-law Laura are the fourth generation of a family of silversmiths to carry on the tradition that Giuseppe Peruzzi started over 150 years ago.
Dedicated to craftsmanship, we’ll take any request and fulfill the client’s wishes. In addition to being engaged in the research and trade of silver and gold, we proudly display the prestigious brand identification “FI 114,“ among the oldest in Florence.
The production of those items that created the renown of Fratelli Peruzzi over the course of all these years passionately continues in our workshop behind the boutique.
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