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Florence: Michelangelo’s David Guided Accademia Gallery Tour

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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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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

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

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 6,233 reviews

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!

The tour was very informative as well as entertaining

Francesca was amazing, articulate and very knowledgeable. As she guided us through the Galleria dell’Accademia she gave us a great overview on the various works of art, particularly the David, where she spent the most time speaking about the sculptor Michaelangelo and his masterpiece. She provided a detailed account of the Renaissance period and the art history of that time. The tour was exactly what we had hoped for and would definitely recommend it to others.

Purchasing this ticket was the right call!

We purchase our tickets ahead of time and WOW did it make for a great experience! We went to the pick up location, got our tickets, then crossed the narrow street and went right into the museum. Did not have to wait on the long line or stand in the 100 degree weather. This is a must!

Wonderful and informative tour about the life and art of Michelangelo

Wonderful tour, very fascinating and I learned several new things about both Michelangelo and his piece David. I did feel bad though that half the tour group left as soon as we saw the David. Stick it out for the full tour! It was worth it

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