This dark, imposing building doesn't just seem ominous. It has a very unsettling history of violence and corruption. Despite being designed as a palatial town center, it has housed police organizations, suspect political groups, a prison, torture chambers, and the site for public executions. That creepy vibe you keep feeling is grounded in a long history of unhappiness.
Now the Bargello plays host to a large museum of art, particularly sculpture and decorative arts. Much less crowded than the Uffizi next door, the Bargello is also a good choice to visit in that the building itself is so full of stories that you are easily sucked into learning about the sordid past of Firenze.
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Museo del Bargello
Via del Proconsolo, 4
Florence, Italy 50122