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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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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

Fantastic tour, our guide Marilina was extremely knowledgeable,

Great tour , led by our guide Maralina who was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and funny. And passionate about her subject. Highly recommended.

Stefano is excellent and has a true passion!

We truly enjoyed Stefano as our tour guide and appreciated his knowledge and unique insights. This felt like a very unique tour and he answered all our questions. Thank you Stefano, you were a delight!

Florence: Accademia Gallery Fast Track Tickets Reviewed by Christine, 05/16/2019

An art lover’s dream - Amazing, informative tour

It was slightly unclear exactly where to meet the guide, but other than that, this tour was fantastic. While the David statue is the obvious highlight of this tour, our guide made sure to highlight several other works of art in the museum. Our guide also gave us plenty of time around the David statue and explained so much about it. It was so informative, and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We highly recommend it for everyone.

This was well worth the price; a terrific learning experience.

Our tour guide (Julia) was exceptional. I had studied art in Florence for 6 months, and I learned more from her in 6 hours than during my studies. She was incredibly knowledgeable- I highly recommend this tour. I usually do not fill these surveys out, but given how satisfied I was with the tour, I felt an obligation to submit a review. We did the full day walking tour - Uffizi, Santa Croce and the Accademia. Even my teenagers thought it was great.

Accademia, Uffizi & Walking Tour in Florence Reviewed by Salvatore, 05/02/2019

Great alternative to waiting in long lines.

So glad that we chose this option for the Gallery tour. The lines for the Galleria were long and wrapped around the building. We would have had to wait for several hours since only a limited amount of people can enter the Galleria at a time. We were able to go right in. Typically when traveling overseas, we like to explore on our own. However in this case, we learned so much information about the Galleria and Michelangelo's David through our tour guide that we would have never learned on our own. Get Your Guide made it easy to sign up online and use the phone app. I highly recommend this option. It's well worth the price. One suggestion, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find your tour group since it's not easy to get around Florence (heavy crowds) when walking.

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