Michelangelo's David

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

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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: Guided City Walking Tour with Accademia and Uffizi

3. 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

4. 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 Small-Group Tour

5. 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: Accademia, Uffizi, and Duomo Guided Tour

6. Florence: Accademia, Uffizi, and Duomo Guided Tour

Admire the must-see art masterpieces of all time held in the greatest museums of the city along with treasures kept inside one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. Your guide will lead you first to the Accademia Gallery for total immersion in the art of Michelangelo. See his most renowned work “David”, and other important pieces such as ''I Prigioni'', ''San Matteo'', and “Palestrina Pietà”. Then, follow your guide inside the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous art galleries in the world. Here you can admire numerous works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio, and many others. Among the precious exhibition halls of the Gallery, you can see the most renowned works by Botticelli, "Primavera" and "Birth of Venus". Finally, after a break, you will reach Duomo square ready to admire the interior of the Cathedral. Once inside the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, you will be immediately struck by the elegance of the spaces of the three naves. Enjoy the beauty of the splendid marble choir of Bandinelli, the complexities of the stained-glass windows by Donatello, Ghiberti, and Andrea del Castagno, and the clock by Paolo Uccello. You will be also surprised to be able to walk on a marvelous, tile mural-like “carpet” of polychrome marbles. Then, looking up, witness the immense precious interior of the Dome entirely frescoed by Vasari. Brunelleschi's famous Dome is the largest ever built in masonry fashion and the incomparable icon of Renaissance architecture.

Livorno Port, Pisa, Florence: Full-Day Shore Excursion

7. Livorno Port, Pisa, Florence: Full-Day Shore Excursion

Begin your excursion with a 30-minute drive to Pisa, stopping first at the Miracles Field, where you’ll see the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa, along with the Duomo and Baptistry. You’ll have time to take photos here and shop for souvenirs.  Florence is a 1-hour drive away, and on arrival you’ll stop at Michelangelo Square for breathtaking views of the major sights of Florence. Your driver will also stop at Santa Croce Church, known best for the tombs of Italian notables such as Michelangelo and Galileo. In the heart of Florence, Repubblica Square, is where you'll experience the major attractions of the city, such as the Duomo, the Porcellino Market and the Old Bridge. After lunch and shopping, depart around 4:00 PM for the drive back to Livorno and your ship. If you’d like to try some of Italy’s best gelato, your driver will make a stop along the way.

Florence & Pisa Full-Day Tour from Rome

8. Florence & Pisa Full-Day Tour from Rome

Explore the Cradle of the Renaissance on a full-day private or group tour of Florence and Pisa, and breathe in the artistic atmosphere of the medieval streets. Drive across beautiful Tuscan hills to reach Florence from Rome, and get a stunning city overview from the lookout at Piazzale Michelangelo. Visit craftsmens’ workshops and Renaissance palaces, where memories of the Medici family are linked with the splendor of renowned artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli. Visit the Academy Museum (Accademia) to see Michelangelo’s magnificent David, before exploring Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, with its beautiful Brunelleschi dome. The Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower complete this astonishing part of the city. Then, walk to the Piazza Della Signoria, considered the heart of Florence. After some free time for lunch, take a short paronamic tour of Piazza Santa Croce, where great artists, such as Michelangelo, are buried. Drive through fertile Tuscan countryside along the Arno Valley to the historic university city of Pisa, renowned for its architectural beauty. Upon arrival, you will take a walking tour of the spectacular and aptly named Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) to see the celebrated Leaning Tower of Pisa, and no less exceptional Baptistery and Duomo.

Florence: Accademia Gallery Fast-Track Ticket

9. Florence: Accademia Gallery Fast-Track Ticket

Discover the genius of the greatest artists of all time, Michelangelo, through his numerous sculptures at the unmissable Accademia Gallery of Art. Don't waste your time waiting in line and make the most of your visit to Florence with a skip-the-line ticket to the gallery. Get reserved tickets to enter the museum, 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 and poise chiseled into a single piece of marble, and 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 Prigioni (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. You may also visit the room dedicated to the collection of old musical instruments from the Cherubini Conservatory, the Department of Musical Instruments. This collection includes a violin by Antonio Stradivarius that belongs to the Medicean Quintet.

Florence: Entry to Accademia, Uffizi & Brunelleschi’s Dome

10. Florence: Entry to Accademia, Uffizi & Brunelleschi’s Dome

Embark on a journey through art history with a visit to the Accademia Gallery, the Uffizi Gallery, and Brunelleschi’s Dome, three must-see attractions in Florence. Take in works by Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli, then visit the most important piece of Renaissance architecture in the city. Move through the three attractions as you wish and in your own time, without the stress of a tour group or a guide. Spend as much time as you like at each, and gain a deeper appreciation for the cultural and historical heritage of Florence. Begin your self-guided tour by picking up guides from the local representative, which will allow you to learn all about the impressive artworks on display. Enter the Accademia Gallery and get the lowdown on masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more. Marvel at the expansive collection of Renaissance artwork at the Uffizi Gallery by the likes of Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Take in world-renowned masterpieces such as Fra Angelico’s “Coronation of the Virgin”, Caravaggio’s “Medusa”, and Botticelli's “Birth of Venus”. Explore the wonders of Brunelleschi's Dome, a symbol of Florence and of the Renaissance itself. Admire Zuccari and Giorgio Vasari's frescoes, and enjoy views over Florence at the summit. Finish with a visit to the Baptistery, the Opera del Duomo Museum, and the Crypt of Santa Reparata.

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

4.5 / 5

based on 7,859 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 …

This was a great tour. You spend about two hours in the Uffizi gallery, walk around Florence and tour the Acadamia where the statue of David is. We received many helpful hints throughout the day.

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 :)