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David Donatello
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An LGBTQ+ tour of the Bargello Museum
Discover the artworks of the LGBTQ+ Renaissance cherished in one of the best Tuscan museums, from Michelangelo to Donatello, Benvenuto Cellini, Giambologna and Brunelleschi

The Bargello National Museum, inaugurated in 1865, was the first museum to open after Italy’s unification. Located in the 13th century Florence People’s Palace, it features the richest collection of sculptures and decorative art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Together with the amazing works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Cellini, Giambologna and Brunelleschi, you will find coins, oriental pieces, pottery, ivory objects, frescoes and so much more. We will tell you the Queerstory of the Bargello artworks and the history of craftsmanship behind them.

You will explore the Bargello from an LGBTQ+ perspective while learning the fascinating history of the museum. You will have the chance to find out the controversial mythology and blatant homoeroticism of Benvenuto Cellini, one of the disruptive queer artists of the Renaissance. You will admire the androgynous Young Bacchus, sculpted by Michelangelo and the celebrated bronze David by Donatello, which is considered as the manifesto of Renaissance queerness. You’ll even see a gender-fluid Leonardo da Vinci… in drag!

There’s more. The Bargello is rich in history but also totally off the beaten paths. So, you’ll be able to take your time and watch the works without having to elbow your way through the next exhibit… We guarantee that this virtually unknown museum will leave you speechless!


  • Meeting place:  San Firenze square (tour meeting point may change depending on ticket availability)
  • Type: Museum tour
  • Duration: about 2 hours
  • Fees: € 40,00 per person (free for children under 12), ticket to the museum and whispering systems included

If you need a private tour, please use the contact form


Piazza di San Firenze, Firenze, FI, Italia
From 01 June 2021 to 30 September 2021
Queer Tuscany Tours
Prices include
  • Guided tour
  • Ticket to the museum
  • Whispering systems
Meeting point
San Firenze square

What we will do together

  • We’ll tour the flamboyant halls of the museum with a queer eye
  • You will see unique 15th century Renaissance sculptures by Donatello, Verrocchio, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and many others
  • You’ll learn shocking stories of love, revenge, sex and sin…
  • You’ll see the oldest portrait of Dante Alighieri and an erotic… fountain!
Cancellation and no-show policies
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