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Skip-the-Line Accademia Visit and Florence Walking Tour

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Duration: 2.5 hours – 3 hours
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This tour will let you discover the town’s best known treasures such as the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, the squares, the monuments, and the Old Bridge.…

Duration: 2.5 hours – 3 hours
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Top 5 facts about Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo's masterpiece is one of the world's most recognizable sculptures. Located at Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze, tours of the museum reveal a defining moment in Renaissance art – but there's a fascinating history behind David too!

He was commissioned for the Florence Cathedral

Originally intended to stand among other stone sculptures on the cathedral's roof, the 6-ton statue was too heavy to raise. It was placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio instead.

Michelangelo was the third sculptor to work on him

The sculpture was started by Agostino di Duccio in 1463, before work briefly continued under a soon-fired Antonio Rossellino. Michelangelo was employed to finish the work in 1501.

He glares towards Rome

David's confident stare is directed towards Firenze's strongest rival -- Rome. The city was one of many neighboring powers that threatened the Republic of Florence's sovereignity.

He was bricked up during World War II

David was wrapped in cloth and entombed in brick as part of Italian efforts to protect their historic artworks from bomb damage. Michelangelo's Moses received the same treatment!

His toes were broken with a hammer

In 1991 Piero Cannata attacked the statue with a hammer he'd concealed under his jacket, breaking the second toe of the left foot. Police described the 47-year-old as "deranged."

Michelangelo's David: Our Tips

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 to visit
    Tues - Sun: 8:15AM - 6:50PM
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    Make sure to pre-book your tickets! The David is an especially popular attraction.

What People Are Saying About Michelangelo's David

Interesting, informative and highly enjoyable.

Good guide - knowledgeable and passionate about her subject with excellent communication. Interesting and informative tour shared with some like-minded and friendly people.

Our guide was very interesting and knowledgeable.

Our guide explained the history of the City to us while pointing out magical places.

Florence: Private 3-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Harry, 09/09/2016

Enlightening trip into Michaelangelo's craft and David's story

This was an excellent way for us to not only skip the huge lines but also get history lesson on the marvel of David and a peek into Michaelangelo's work and mind. Our guide was patient, fun, knowledgeable and clearly passionate.

Give the correct number to your office. The ticket receptionist was ve

Give the correct number to your office. The ticket receptionist was very helpful

Fantastic guide showing the genius of Michelangelo.

This was the best tour I have ever been on. Entry was a matter of seconds. Our guide, Marcello, gave us great insight into events surrounding Michelangelo's creations and let the artwork speak for itself. At one hour, the duration of the tour gave us a manageable burst of information and inspiration. We later stayed in the gallery to enjoy more of the works.

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