Accademia Gallery

Famous for its masterpieces of Renaissance sculpture, particularly Michelangelo’s David.

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Florence: Accademia Gallery and David Guided Walking Tour

1. Florence: Accademia Gallery and David Guided Walking Tour

Get an insider's view of one of Florence's most notable museums on a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery. See Michelangelo's iconic statue of David and skip the lines with your guide. Enter the Accademia through a separate entrance with your guide and begin your guided tour. Learn the rich history and culture of Florence. Pass by famous works of art until you reach the Accademia's most iconic treasure, Michelangelo's David.  As you marvel at the legendary works, listen to your guide will fill you in on interesting and lesser-known facts about the art. Learn why David is the most recognizable symbol of Florence and what it meant to the Republic of Florence when it was created.

Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

2. Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

Discover world-famous paintings, sculptures, and tapestries with this timed entry ticket to the Accademia Gallery in Florence. See iconic pieces by Michelangelo like 'the Prisoners', 'St. Matthew' and the statue of David. View works by other famous masters like Bartolini.  Admire the 5.17-meter marble statue representing the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in Florentine art. The statue soon came to symbolize the defence of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family.    In the adjacent rooms, which were part of two former convents, important works of art are collected here from the Academy of Design, the Academy of Fine Arts and from suppressed convents.  Recently the Gallery has been further enriched by the important collection of old musical instruments from the Cherubini Conservatory, the Department of Musical Instruments.

Florence: Uffizi & Accademia Small Group Walking Tour

3. Florence: Uffizi & Accademia Small Group Walking Tour

Let your expert local guide lead your way to the city’s most impressive museums and sites with skip-the-line access. The tour begins with a fascinating visit to the Accademia, where you’ll learn the secrets behind Michelangelo’s colossal David. Then proceed to Duomo Square to admire the gorgeous cathedral façade and the record-breaking dome by Brunelleschi. Stroll through the impressive Piazza della Signoria. The tour then culminates with a guided visit inside the Uffizi to admire masterpieces by Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo, and others. Enjoy breath-taking views of the Ponte Vecchio and the city from the museum upper floor and terrace. The small group setting of 10 people or less allows for the guides to provide you with a more personalized tour that will allow you to better understand Florence. In a small group, you will learn more and get the most out of your experience. 

Florence: Guided City Walking Tour with Accademia and Uffizi

4. Florence: Guided City Walking Tour with Accademia and Uffizi

Step into Florence, the world's most beautiful open-air museum. Uncover the history of the Eternal City with a local guide and stroll through the halls of the Uffizi and Accademia galleries with skip-the-line tickets. Marvel at the works of Michelangelo and Botticelli. Follow your local guide and hear all the captivating stories behind the main monuments of the historical center. Discover the rivalries and plots of Florence's dominant families such as the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici. Head to the Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo's iconic David. Skip the lines with the express security check and explore the gallery. Slip into the past as your guide provides insightful details and facts about each work. Continue to the Uffizi Gallery and benefit from express entry once again. Here, admire timeless art by Renaissance masters, like Primavera and the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, the Dukes of Montefeltro by Piero della Francesca, Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, and Tondo Doni by Michelangelo.

Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio App

5. Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio App

Do not miss the chance to explore one of the most famous museums in the world in a completely independent way, with audio commentary from an interactive and easy to use app! You can not leave Florence without visiting the Accademia Gallery and thanks to your skip-the-line ticket and your user-friendly app you will enjoy the numerous masterpieces found within. Immerse yourself completely in Michelangelo’s art, the genius of the Renaissance, discovering his most renowned works of art such as ''I Prigioni'' and ''San Matteo'' and the “Palestrina Pietà.” As you explore, use your app on your smartphone to learn about the famous works and familiarize yourself with the masters. If you also want to explore the city, choose the walking tour option and follow your English- speaking guide. Admire amazing places such as the monuments in Duomo Square, Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and the amazing Oltrarno district.

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

6. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

Depart from Rome and head out into the rolling Tuscan countryside on your full-day sightseeing adventure. During the journey, learn about this stunning region and its impressive history, which was of great importance to the creation of the Italian language. Arrive in Florence, a stunning city bursting with Renaissance architecture, history, art, philosophy, and science in every corner. Enjoy a guided tour of the city and visit all the most important landmarks, including the Piazza del Duomo, Mercato Nuovo, Vecchio Bridge, and more.  After the tour, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Don’t forget to stop at a local café to sample some delicious Tuscan delicacies and desserts. Upgrade your experience and receive tickets to the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's David. Hop back onboard the bus and continue the tour to Pisa. Upon arrival, visit the UNESCO listed Piazza dei Miracoli where the Pisan Romanesque style cathedral is located. In the same square, find the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and stop to take some photos for your vacation album.  Spend some more free time exploring the city before hopping back on the bus where you can soak up stunning countryside views on the return to Rome.

Florence: 4-Hour Private Tour Including Uffizi & Accademia

7. Florence: 4-Hour Private Tour Including Uffizi & Accademia

After pick-up from your hotel (available from select city centre hotels) spend a half day discovering Florence. Learn about this major historical city in Italy, distinguished as one of the most outstanding economic, cultural, political and artistic centres in the peninsula from the late Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Alongside your professional licenced tour guide enjoy the historical city center, experiencing all the highlights of this unique city. These include the Cathedral, Baptistery, Giotto's Bell tower, Signoria Square, and Ponte Vecchio (admission not included). During this tour enter the Accademia to enjoy the original Michelangelo's David, one of the most recognisable and lauded artworks in the world. Then discover the Uffizi Gallery with its immense artistic heritage, including thousands of paintings ranging from medieval times to the modern era.

Livorno: Florence & Pisa Shore Excursion with Food Tasting

8. Livorno: Florence & Pisa Shore Excursion with Food Tasting

See the iconic Leaning Tower and the Duomo on this day trip to Pisa and Florence from Livorno. Travel via an air-conditioned bus end savor a tasting of local products. Follow your guide to the city’s main attractions and get free time to explore both cities at your own pace. After meeting your tour guide, begin your trip to Florence in a fully equipped and comfortable bus. Step into Florence, home to several masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Walk down its winding alleys and explore the city's iconic monuments and art galleries. Start your tour in Piazza Repubblica and follow in the footsteps of Dante Alighieri. Listen to insightful commentary as you visit the Piazza della Signoria and cross the arch bridge of Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. Enjoy free time to explore the city on your own with plenty to see, including the Accademia Gallery Museum where you can admire Michelangelo's David, or see the Florence Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo. Next, make your way to Pisa. Pass through the Santa Maria gate to Piazza dei Miracoli. Marvel at the impressive marble monuments and the green grass where you can relax or take photos of the famous Leaning Tower. Climb the Leaning Tower or go to the medieval Roman Catholic Cathedral of Pisa. Right next to the Leaning Tower, admire beautiful works of art.

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

9. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

Depart from Rome to the Northern province of Tuscany for a full-day tour to the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, crossing the green valley of the Tiber River to the slopes of the Apennines, passing the vineyards of Chianti before your arrival in Pisa. See “Piazza dei Miracoli” with its famous Leaning Tower and visit the Baptistery and the “Duomo”, all in shining white marble. At 12:00 PM depart toward Florence, the legendary city of artists and architects from the 14th to 17th centuries. Stop for lunch. At 02:30 PM meet with your professional guide for a walking tour of Florence. Once in the city center, you can breathe the atmosphere of medieval streets and craftsmen’s workshops and see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli, including Michelangelo’s David at the “Accademia”. See the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its beautiful dome projected by Brunelleschi and admire the Baptistery as well as Giotto’s Bell Tower. The tour ends with a breathtaking view from “Piazzale Michelangelo”, a superb panoramic view of the Tuscan capital, including “Ponte Vecchio”, Arno River and the “Duomo”. Then, back to Rome.

Florence: Uffizi, Brunelleschi's Dome & Optional Accademia

10. Florence: Uffizi, Brunelleschi's Dome & Optional Accademia

Make your way to the meeting point to pick up your tickets from the local representative. Download the app that will double up as your audio guide throughout the day. You'll then head to your first stop of the day, the Uffizi Gallery, which is one of the most famous art galleries in Italy. It was designed and built by the famous architect and painter Giorgio Vasari, Cosimo I de' Medici's favorite artist.  With your entrance ticket, you'll avoid wasting hours in ticket queues and be able to conserve your energy to fully enjoy the masterpieces that await you. The audio guide app will accompany you during the visit to the museum. See works of art by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, among many others.  At 2.15 PM you'll visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. This was the largest church in the world at the time of its construction in the fifteenth century. You’ll be enchanted by the sophistication of the marble facade, and the majestic dome that dominates it, designed by Brunelleschi. If you have chosen the option that includes it, the Accademia Gallery will be your last stop of the day at 4.30 PM. This gallery is the second most visited museum in Florence. It is home to Michelangelo's David, a true international symbol of the city and masterpiece of the Renaissance.

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What people are saying about Accademia Gallery

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 8,771 reviews

The museum was beautiful and getting inside in time due to the fact that we’ve already had booked was very helpful ( don’t try to visit the academia without booking at first… You may not be able to enter by the end of the day …

amazing place I am very happy I chose a tour with a guide he taught us a lot of knowledge about Michaelangelo

Tommy was very knowledgeable and told us fun facts we never had heard before. Highly recommend!

Super smooth check in experience! Glad I booked through GetYourGuide

Superb museum especially do not forget to take the audio guide :)