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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 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, 11/13/2018

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.

Fabulous enthusiastic knowledgeable guide

We loved this small group tour. The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She gave us an amazing insite into David and also the history of Florence

Best of Florence: David and Duomo Guided Tour Reviewed by Anne, 10/31/2018

A great tour because of Francesco our knowledgeable guide.

Francesco was a fantastic guide. He didn’t lecture us or rattle off a memorised guide book presentation. Rather, he spoke with us in conversation , answering our questions which were generated because of his knowledge and enthusiasm. I had done a tour of academia 4 years ago, but my husband hadn’t. I was reluctant to do another because of my previous experience, but I cannot speak highly enough of Francesco. He made the tour.

Worth every penny, Alla (the guide) was wonderful.

The tour was great, well-managed. Alla is just great, couldn't have asked for more. I am glad I booked this tour, otherwise I would have wandered around Florence without learning much.

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