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Michelangelo's David

Colossal in its fame and size, Michelangelo’s masterpiece is a symbol of strength and beauty.

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Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

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

The Accademia Gallery is particularly famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo: the Prisoners, the St.Matthew and, especially, the statue of David.  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.

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Accademia Gallery: Tour

2. Accademia Gallery: Tour

Join a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery and discover the most amazing artwork of the Renaissance, including the magnificent statue of David by Michelangelo. After skipping the long ticket lines, you’ll enter the gallery and begin your experience with a visit to the Medici family’s collection of musical instruments. Admire the most expensive Stradivarius in the world, as well as other unique instruments. Continue to see the Prisoners and San Matteo by Michelangelo, then marvel at the artist’s most iconic sculpture, David. Learn about this statue’s creation and the complex history of the piece of marble that Michelangelo used to sculpt his masterpiece. Finally, see the plasters of Lorenzo Bartolini before ending your tour by taking in the beautiful collection of paintings by Lorenzo Monaco and other noteworthy artists from the 16th century. During your tour, you'll also discover lesser-known parts of this world-famous museum. 

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Florence: Accademia and Uffizi Skip-the-Line Combo

3. Florence: Accademia and Uffizi Skip-the-Line Combo

Save time and visit the pearls of Florence all in one day with this combo package. Get skip-the-line entry to the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery and a climbing reservation to Brunelleschi's Dome for the ultimate Florence experience. Accademia Gallery Start by visiting the Accademia Gallery. Simply present your skip-the-line ticket at the entrance and get in through express security check. Stroll through the Gallery of Michelangelo where you can admire seminal works of the great artist such as “St. Matthew,” “The Four Prisoners,” and the one and only “David.” The average visit duration is 1 hour. Uffizi Gallery Walk your way to the Uffizi Museum after a quick break for lunch (optional) and enter the Uffizi Gallery with your skip-the-line entry ticket. Wander around the charming corridors full of spectacular frescos and statues. Marvel at eternal works of Renaissance masters such as “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli, “Annunciation” by Leonardo da Vinci, and “Tondo Doni” by Michelangelo, just to name a few. The average visit duration is 2 hours. Brunelleschi’s Dome End the day by climbing the largest dome in the world by Filippo Brunelleschi and enjoy the spectacular 360° views of Florence (if dome climb reservation option is chosen). The average visit duration is 1.5 hours. 

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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.

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Accademia Gallery: Ticket with Host

5. Accademia Gallery: Ticket with Host

Discover the genius of one of the greatest artists of all time, Michelangelo, through his numerous sculptures at the unmissable Accademia Gallery. Make the most of your visit to Florence with a skip-the-line ticket to the gallery. Enter the museum quickly and painlessly, and enjoy more time to appreciate the art. Inside, admire Michelangelo's David and see how his expression changes as you walk across the room. Marvel at the detail of this famous sculpture, chiseled from a single piece of marble. Find out for yourself why David has captivated generations the world over. David represents a biblical hero winning against Goliath, symbolizing the defense of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city in the Medieval and Renaissance Period. In addition, experience other sculptures carved by Michelangelo such as "I Prigioni" (the Prisoners). These contorted bodies were meant for the tomb of Pope Julius II, but the tomb was never completed. Explore the museum further and see statues and paintings by other Renaissance artists such as Andrea Orcagna, Taddeo Gaddi, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi, and Sandro Botticelli. Make sure not to miss the hall dedicated to the collection of old musical instruments, home to a violin designed by Antonio Stradivarius.

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Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio App

6. 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.

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Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery: Tour with City Walking Tour

7. Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery: Tour with City Walking Tour

Take one unique tour to visit 2 of the most important museums in Florence, all while avoiding long lines of crowds.  Let your expert local guide lead your way to the city’s most impressive museums of Accademia and Uffizi Gallery. Visit the home of the famous David by Michelangelo. Begin the tour with a visit to the Accademia Gallery. See marble sculptures by the great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo. Walk to the Hall of the Prisoners, displaying Michelangelo’s “Slaves”, all the way to the feet of the magnificent David. Learn the secrets behind the fascinating statue. Then proceed to Duomo Square or Piazza del Duomo   in the heart of the historic center of Florence. See the dominating Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Marvel at the gorgeous façade and dome designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, a famous architect and sculptor who loved the Gothic style. After a break for refreshments, 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's upper floor and terrace.

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Accademia Gallery: Tour with City Walking Tour

8. Accademia Gallery: Tour with City Walking Tour

Take a guided walk through the piazzas of Florence's historic center and learn about the city’s fascinating history. Admire the exterior of the magnificent Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, which has the biggest masonry dome in the world. From your guide, hear about the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the oldest building in the city with its splendid Gates of Paradise. Cross the Ponte Vecchio, stopping to admire the tiny jewelry shops that used to be butcher stalls.  Continue to Dante's district and then finish the walking tour in the political center of Florence at Piazza della Signoria, home to many original sculptures by Renaissance artists. Then, after skipping the long ticket lines, you’ll enter the Accademia gallery. Begin your tour with a visit to the Medici family’s collection of musical instruments. See the most expensive Stradivarius in the world, as well as other unique instruments. Continue to see the Prisoners and San Matteo by Michelangelo, then marvel at the artist’s most iconic sculpture, David. Learn about this statue’s creation and the history of the piece of marble that Michelangelo used to sculpt his masterpiece.

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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.

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Accademia Gallery and Florence Cathedral: Tour with Dome Access and City Walking Tour

10. Accademia Gallery and Florence Cathedral: Tour with Dome Access and City Walking Tour

Gain insights into the historical treasures of Florence on this guided walking tour. Get a closer view of Michelangelo's David, as well as the landmark of Florence, the Duomo. After meeting your guide, head to the Accademia Gallery. Hear about the purpose of the museum, which now houses one of the greatest art collections in the world. Discover the influence and legacy of the ruling Medici family, and how the museum ended up with its large collection. Learn about the story of David and its creator Michelangelo, and admire this famous sculpture up close.  Next, head to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as the Duomo. Admire the priceless treasures of Gothic and Renaissance art as you tour around the inside of the impressive cathedral. Take a moment to appreciate the monument's colossal size and beautiful marble decorations. Climb Brunelleschi's dome and the bell tower to admire scenic views of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside. End the tour by asking your guide for recommendations of the best places to eat or drink an aperitivo nearby. This tour is a great option for those who want to make the most of their time in Florence. You will be able to appreciate the potentially overwhelming series of artworks at both sites, with a scholarly local guide who manages to be fun and informative at the same time.

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Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Galleria dell'Accademia is open between 8:15AM and 6:50PM from Tuesday to Sunday.

  • How to get there?

    The Galleria dell'Accademia can be easily reached by many different bus routes to the stops Ss. Annunziata - Istituto Degli Innocent, Piazza di San Marco, San Marco Rettorato, or Cavour. Michelangelo's David is located in the museum's Hall of the Prisoners.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tues - Sun: 8:15AM - 6:50PM
  • Is it expensive?
    Around 15 Euros. Price varies whether you book online or purchase at the ticket office.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not necessarily, but consider this... is there anything better in the world than an enthusiastic Italian tour guide?
  • How to get there
    Florence is rather walkable so you easily go there by foot. Numerous bus lines also stop in front of the Galleria.
  • Additional information
    Make sure to pre-book your tickets! The David is an especially popular attraction.

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What people are saying about Michelangelo's David

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,961 reviews

Mateo met us at the appointed time in an easy to find location. His commentary and insights during the visit to the Accademia were focused on a select group of artworks and permitted a more in-depth enjoyment of the selected works, of course, Michelangelo's David being a centerpiece. The access to the terrace during our Duomo visit was a special treat as well as the visit to the top of the dome. 3 and 1/2 hours well-invested.

It is worth to see Dawid itself. To me it was amazing to see his from the back because I had no idea he was bearing the belt with the stone. Not to mention that it was much more interesting to see his lovely and real-sized bottom;) My tour guide Rosa was excellent and very funny! Greetings from Poland!

We were able to see so many things and learn so much on our tour. Rosa was an amazing guide and made sure that our 8 year old daughter was able to interact and take an interest in the tour as well!

our guide Bernard was very flexible with our group as we had 3 kids under 9 and he was very patient. very informative

Very friendly and professional! Worth it for skipping the line.