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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

A wonderful guided tour that hit all the right notes.

The minivan was comfortable and spotless: the guides knowledgeable and the February sunshine set the scene for Pisa and florence, two fantastic sites that were busy, but did not overwhelm with tourist hoardes.

A Must visit to see the one and ultimate renaissance sculture

Go early to avoid crowds. Spend time getting information and detail about the work to appreciate it fully. Spend time looking at the fine detail also.

Great tour with such a knowledgeable tour guide.

Such a great tour - our guide was brilliant. I felt so much more knowledgeable about statue of David. Highly recommended.

A guided tour of the Accademia is a must!

Francesca was extremely knowledgeable and made our tour so enjoyable. I was captivated by her descriptions and came away with a much better understanding and respect for the artists, particularly of course Michelangelo.

Accademia Gallery: Reserved Entrance and Guided Tour Reviewed by Beverley, 13/11/2018

We had a very informative and engaging guide.

Our guide was a wealth of information and insight. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have this resource while touring the museum.

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