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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

We really enjoyed our visit to both galleries - our guide was fantasti

We loved this trip. Well worth paying extra to queue skip. Our guide was so knowledgable and brought every exhibit alive with wonderful narrative. Loved being in a small group - 6 as it is more manageable.

Our guide was an expert on the subject & excellent communication skill

We thoroughly enjoyed the guide and the way she communicated. Meeting point was easy to find and the ear phone system made it easy to follow the guide. There was not a long waiting period in ques. We found the tour expensive but I guess it was because of the last minute booking convenience.

Perfect. No time wasted standing in a queue.

Florence being Florence has so much to see and do, however the result could be you spend so much time queuing. It was great to skip the line and the extra cost is well worth it. Time is money.

I honestly thought I was paying just to see the statue David

Much more to see besides the statue of David, the audio is important, provided such an interesting aspect of Michael Angelo. We spent so much time just sitting and admiring the statue of David

Wouldn't want to be without this tour in our Florence adventure

We had the pleasure of spending almost a couple of hours in the good company of Lori our guide. She was engaged, passionate, a brilliant story teller and knew her stuff. She had a way of building up to the moment we were going to see the statue of David - that made the whole experience feel so much more meaningful, than if we'd just visited the statue ourself. We got all the background stories, with threads to other parts of Florence and Italy - we were taken on a journey and we did not think about anything but that, for the entire tour. We only had one weekend in Florence - and we wouldn't have been without this great tour. Thank you so much Lori - you're one of a kind!

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