Florence is so rich in art that this gem of a museum and adjoining gardens is a bit of a find. While the city of Florence is dense with fine buildings, art and people, a stroll through the Bardini gardens and museum gives you a chance to breathe in beauty.
Lovely formal, Renaissance gardens rise up from the Arno River to provide beautiful views of the city from a charming garden right in the city. At the top of the gardens is a nice cafe for coffee or lunch, as well as a treasure of a small museum in the Bardini Villa.
From the top of the gardens, you can pass over to the Boboli gardens, too! Or vice versa, coming from the Boboli gardens.
St. Michael Archangel by Antonio del Pollaiolo
Madonna with Apple by Donatello
Self-Portrait by Annigoni
In addition to special exhibits, the museum has a permanent collection of its namesake, Stefano Bardini, a famous art dealer of the 19th century . The art ranges from works by masters including as Pollaiolo, Donatello and Pisano to collections of ancient architectural fragments to musical instruments and weapons. There is something for everyone in this small museum. The collection of paintings of 20th Century artist Pietro Annigoni is well worth the visit.
Tip: Enter from Via de’ Bardi at the level of the river instead of going to the upper entrance.
Bardini museum hours are 10am to 7pm Monday through Friday. Ticket offices close at 6pm.
More photos of the Bardini Gardens.