Italy Museo Davia Bargellini

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Sue Wolfe

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Directly across from the Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi is the Palazzo Davia Bargellini. This Baroque style palace houses the Davia Bargellini Gallery—an eclectic collection of art, furniture, liturgical robes, industrial art, and a gilded carriage. The Davia family inherited the property from the Bargellini after a feud led to the family’s extinction. The last member of the Davia family left the collection to the public.

The entrance to the palace is flanked by two atlases who the locals call giants. They were sculpted by Gabriele Brunelli and Francesco Agnesini.

The museum opened in 1924. As you move through the “furnished apartment,” look for the miniature reproduction of an 18th century private home interior. At first glance you may think it is a doll house, but instead it is an architect’s model. The Gala Berlina-type carriage is engraved with the shield of Filippo De Angelis but may have belonged to the Pepoli family.

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