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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

A great tour which was made special by our guide Francesca.

This is our second time visiting the Accademia Gallery and seeing The David but always a great learning experience. I believe Francesca just made this tour even better than the first time we visited. She just has a way of making you excited about the experience, seeing The David and other works of Michelangelo.

Seeing David is such a wonderful experience

The tour guide did an excellent job of discussing Michelangelo’s David and giving a good brief tour of the rest of the academia.

Stefano’s passion for the Gallery was inspiring!

He knew a ton and we agreed that this was a much better trip than if we’d gone alone. One small irritant, GYG continually added people to the tour, and so it began later than advertised. Also, the museum only allows 653 people at a time, and understandably you may have to wait until some people leave (which isn’t long). However the staff at museum does not really care that you’ve paid this third party for fast track entrance and you must wait until they wave your group in...which is totally at their discretion.

Florence: Accademia Gallery Fast Track Tickets Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/03/2019

Great tour , Alessandra was very knowledgeable and gave great info.

Our guide Allesandra was great and took time to explain. Some folks asked detailed historical question but she knew it all. We spend good time at the Academia.

Guide spoke good English and had a great knowledge of history.

Our guide (Marta) not only knew her history, she had a passion for both Michaelangelo and his art.

David at Accademia Gallery: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/02/2019

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