This 13th- and 14th-century fortress served first as a prison, then as the heavily guarded residence of the podestà (the chief magistrate). For a long time, there were cages affixed to the outside of its upper stories, where the worst criminals and traitors were imprisoned and left to die in public view. Inside this foreboding exterior are a graceful courtyard, a loggia and staircase, and a large collection of Florentine and Tuscan sculpture. Its most famous is perhaps the "2nd David" - the bronze one Donatello sculpted in 1530. Among the other artists represented in this classic example of a medieval tower are Verrocchio, Cellini, the Della Robbias and Giambologna.
Tuesday- Saturday, 8:15 am - 1:50 pm
Also open the same hours on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month and the 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month
The 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month, the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, and December 25, January 1 and May 1