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Florence: Michelangelo’s David Guided Accademia Gallery Tour

Duration: 1 hour
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Skip the lines and enter the Accademia Gallery to discover Michelangelo’s David. Enjoy a 1-hour tour with an art historian guide. Learn about the…

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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

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

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

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

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

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."

Our insider 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 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.

What people are saying about Michelangelo's David

Loved our guide and skipping the main line!

Meeting spot is directly across from the museum, so very easy. Our guide, Francesca was friendly, energetic, and enjoyable. She made our short wait in line go quickly with introductions and the tour was very well designed to give us what we wanted most (Michaelangelo!), orient us to the rest, then turn us loose to enjoy what we wanted (for us it was the instruments gallery). She also gave us a great tip for our last day in Florence. We had wanted to see Galileo’s tomb in the church of Santa Croce but it looked like no tickets were available on line. She assured us we would be able to get in without a long line and tipped us off that it is the most beautiful interior of any church in Florence. Thanks to her we had a great visit to Santa Croce!

Enriched my visit and made it more memorable

Our guide (on June 16 11 am group 2 English tour) was lovely. She was friendly, smiling and laughing with us a lot, helpful with answering questions, and really knows her stuff! Her tour was thoughtful, interesting, and you can tell she’s passionate about art and art history. I learned so much and it made the visit so much richer, deeper, and more meaningful. It certainly made the visit more memorable and I will always keep with me that experience and what I learned. It really makes you appreciate even more the history and culture of Italy. I highly recommend it!

Wonderful tour - well worth the price and Martina was fantastic.

We were so glad we chose to do the tour with the ability to skip the line. Our tour guide Martina was knowledgeable and sweet. I would highly recommend!

Perfect for what we wanted. Not to wait in line and just to see David

We only had to pick up the tickets and then we skipped the line and basically waited 5 minutes to get inside. Was perfect to just see David which was all we wanted.

Florence: Accademia Gallery Fast Track Tickets Reviewed by Tonya, 06/23/2019

Good way to learn more about Michaelangelo and the David

Our guide, Francesca was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was just enough info and just enough time (1hr), then you could stay in the museum and see other things if you wanted. It was difficult to find the Visit Europa offices and Get your Guide could have done a better job in their meeting point description. I recommend.

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