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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."

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

Best possible way to learn a ton about Florence!

The guide had a Masters degree on the history of Florence and knew all things about history, government, art, architecture and the church. Absolutely amazing.

Excellent tour. Our guide was fantastic.

We had a private tour for our group of 8. Great guide. She did a great job giving us all of the highlights and extra insights into many of the displays. We throughly enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend it to anybody.

Absolutely loved it, extremely informative

Irina did a fantastic job showing us around Florence, she really knows her stuff, highly recommend this tour

The guide, Julia, was amazing — well-informed, a great educator

The guide, Julia, was amazing — well-informed, very capable, a great educator with excellent English. Because of her tour guiding, I came to understand why the David sculpture was so significant, and it changed my perspective on the rest of the art I saw on this trip!

Francesca is an excellent guide, encouraging participation from the gr

It would have been helpful to tell us in advance to go to the Red Point, with a photo of it. Also to show a photo of the logo on the white shirts of the tour assistants, so we would know what to look for. But we managed, by asking other tour operators.

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