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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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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."
The Galleria dell'Accademia is open between 8:15AM and 6:50PM from Tuesday to Sunday.
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.
- 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 went on this tour basically to see David by chance our tour guide was Francesco he was so informative about medicci family,Michelangelo, borgias, popes etc and in-depth about not only the history but the people how they were and personalities.also suggested so many other great stuff to do. We have travelled 11 cities/towns in Italy so far and been on several guided tours in each place, Francesco by far has been our favourite guide for above reason have travelled a big part of the world and to date best tour guide I have had. Thank you Francesco we will visit Florence again and hope to do more tours with you.
The tour was excellent; Uffizi followed by Academia David with a walking tour of Florence center in between the two galleries. It ended up being a good use of our time. Our tour guide was Alessandra from Keys of Italy was very good. She was very knowledgeable, great at explaining the significance of the pieces. She also was good about only spending time on the most important pieces. I would highly recommend this tour to someone that wants to make good use of 4 - 5 hours in Florence.
We had a timed ticket for 12.00. Arriving at the ticket office just after 11.15 we were given our tickets and were told to go to the door with the red sign. We went across and were allowed access leaving a huge queue waiting to purchase tickets. Straight in to see Michaelangelo's David. Brilliant, saved us lots of time.
The decision to pre-purchase a ticket without queue was the smartest thing, especially given the long queue at the entrance that we skipped and the fact that we had a short time. The academy is very small, in practice there is not too much to see, but to see David in full glory is worth it.
Chaotic system of queuing at the correct time to collect tickets, 15 minutes before scheduled entry time, not a minute sooner, there were people at various allocation times in the queue. It would be a lot easier if you’re able to either print the tickets or collect them at anytime.