Accademia Gallery

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

Accademia Gallery: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

1. 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.

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. 

Florence: Accademia Gallery Priority Entry Ticket

3. Florence: Accademia Gallery Priority Entry Ticket

Make the most of your time in Florence with a skip-the-line entry ticket to the Accademia Gallery. Admire one of the world's most famous sculptures, Michelangelo's David, and see some of the sculptor's other works. Skip the long lines and enter the gallery via a separate entrance. Your reserved ticket allows you to skip the ticket office and avoid the worry of whether or not tickets will be available. Visit the main hall to see Michelangelo's statue of David and learn more about his thoughts and ideas. You can also see other Renaissance masterpieces by masters like Bartolini, Giambologna, Di Cione, di Buonaguida, and Monaco. Last but not least, admire the plaster of Lorenzo Bartolini before concluding your visit with paintings by Lorenzo Monaco and other notable 16th-century artists.

Florence: Skip-the-Line Accademia Guided Tour

4. Florence: Skip-the-Line Accademia Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in Florence's famous Accademia. Take a tour of the gallery to encounter its outstanding collection of gothic and renaissance paintings and other artworks. Visit Michelangelo’s famous David statue. See further famous works by the great artist such as The Prisoners, as well as other masterpieces of renaissance art. Hear informative commentary from your expert English-speaking guide, who will bring each work back to life with inside stories of one of the world’s greatest artists. If you don't want the guided tour you can choose the option for just skip-the-line tickets, so you can explore at your own pace.

Florence: Accademia Gallery Fast-Track Ticket

5. 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.

Accademia Gallery: Ticket with Host

6. 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.

Florence: Uffizi & Accademia Small Group Walking Tour

7. 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 10-12 people 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. 

Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery: Ticket

8. Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery: Ticket

Take the opportunity to visit both the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries in complete freedom and at your own pace. Be guided by the audio commentary of expert art historians recorded in your own language. Spend your morning in the Accademia Gallery, where you will be fascinated by the art of Michelangelo and his most renowned work, the David. This became a symbol of power and invincibility of the Florentine Republic. Be amazed by the other works of art by Michelangelo such as I Prigioni, San Matteo, and the Palestrina Pietà. After having explored all corners of the gallery, have some free time for lunch or to explore the bustling streets of central Florence. Meet in the afternoon at the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous art galleries in the world. You will be surrounded by numerous works of art by the most important Medieval and Renaissance artists, including Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, and Masaccio. The most renowned museum hall also contains the most refined works by Botticelli, including his absolute masterpieces the Primavera and Birth of Venus. 

Florence: Accademia Gallery and David Guided Walking Tour

9. 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: Accademia, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Cathedral Tour

10. Florence: Accademia, Brunelleschi's Dome, and Cathedral Tour

Enjoy your day to discover the Accademia Gallery, and Florence's Duomo, and choose to climb Brunelleschi's dome. Join a group tour or select the private tour option to tailor the tour to your needs. Take advantage of the Brunelleschi Pass, valid for 72 hours, and visit the Museum and the baptistery of the Duomo even after your tour. Enjoy speedy entry to the Accademia Gallery with pre-reserved tickets. Hear the story of Michaelangelo's David and its creator. Learn about the legacy of the ruling Medici family and how this collection was gifted to the people of Florence. Next, head to the famous Duomo. Discover priceless works of Gothic and Renaissance art and admire the building for its size and intricate marble decorations. See the Baptistry, famous for its Gates of Paradise. Enjoy pre-reserved entry to Brunelleschi's Dome at the end of the tour if the option is chosen). Climb the dome on your own time and admire scenic views of Florence and surrounding Tuscany.

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What people are saying about Accademia Gallery

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4.6 / 5

based on 10,819 reviews

Getting the timed entrance ticket over the internet is the best and easiest way to see the David. I like to get the first time 09:15 AM so we can get in quickly, there are no crowds and you have all the time to enjoy the complete facilty

This is not to be missed. David is awe inspiring. Many other masterpieces as well. Not too big. Not crowded in late November. Musical instruments very interesting. We would go back!

Massimo was an excellent group leader and very attentive! Would recommend 100%, the trip is tiresome but worth it!

Awesome experience. Ticketing was easy to locate across the street before entering.

Really nice to skip the line and view at our leisure.