NileGuide Expert Says:
A particular garden is that reaches up the hill to Forte Belvedere.
Via dei Renai, 37, Firenze, Italy
055 234 2427
The building was constructed by an antiques dealer, Stefano Bardini, at the end of the 19th century and was left to the city council in 1922, together with his wide ranging collection. (sculptures, paintings, furniture, ceramics, tapestries, weapons, carpets, musical instruments, sarcophagi, tombstones, and funeral monuments.) The construction is unique in its use of doors, windows, and arches from churches or ruined villas and with Venetian and Tuscan wooden ceilings. As well as the Roman sarcophagi and column-heads there are sculptures by Della Robbia and works of art attributed to Donatello. One crypt-like room has a collection of tomb stones and funeral monuments in it. The collection of ancient musical instruments is also of note.