It provides a quiet sanctuary that's filled with plenty of art and history in order to keep you entertained for an afternoon.
Not only is it a peaceful and cool spot for art-lovers to peruse the wide collection, but it's also one of the few museums that serves as a tribute to a more modern Florence.
One of the original symbols of Florence, "Il Porcellino" is located at the Bardini Museum — Photo courtesy of George Grinsted
Stefano Bardini was considered one of the city's best art collectors from the middle of the 1800s to the turn of the 20th century. Bardini was originally a painter and copier himself, and he developed an eye for Renaissance art during his time at the Accademia di Belli Arti Firenze as a student.
Later, he would work as a restorer and hone his skills as an art dealer.
Bardini amassed a large fortune while working on several different projects and building his collection of Cinquecento works. After gaining a reputation for being business savvy and knowing which items to purchase, he began work on his own palazzo on the Altr'arno, which is where you'll find the museum devoted to his life and work.
Originally a church, the site has been transformed into one of Florence's hidden treasures as a museum and historical location. The dying Bardini left his collection and estate to the city of Florence to serve as a place for education and preserve his collected art.
Today, you can visit the vast home and see a number of famous works, including the original Porcellino that once sat in front of the Mercato Nuovo. You'll find armory and weaponry, along with plenty of paintings and ancient sculpture, in order to keep you busy for the afternoon.
Consider taking a guided tour. Unlike the Uffizi and Accademia museums, there's not a lot of information available on Bardini's collection, so having someone guide you through the collection is the best way to learn about Bardini and his goal for preservation.
There are tours offered several times a day, so you should be able to catch one in English.
You might also think about touring the Bardini gardens across the street, as well.
The Museo Bardini is open Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can find discounts for seniors and students, so make sure to bring your student ID with you, if applicable. The museum offers free entrance for those under 18.
Ticket prices are 6 euro for the full ticket and 4,50 for the reduced price.