Accademia Gallery Guided Tour

starting from 42.50 plus the service charge of 10.00* David Michelangelo
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Category: Guided Tours
Location: Florence, Italy
Rating: 4.5 / 5
     (based on 18246 reviews)

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Visit the Accademia Gallery with a professional guide!

Have you ever wondered why the Michelangelo's David is so famous? What makes it so special? Why his hands are oversized or why is he naked? Well, a good presentation will answer all your questions: join a guided tour!

What you will feel standing in front of David is indeed very personal but to really understand how extraordinary it is, you need someone that highlights to you a series of fundamental details. The guide will share with you all we know about it: from the marble block's history, to the polishing techniques. Before that, looking at the unfinished works (the Four Slaves and the Pietà) you will realize how important is to try to understand a little bit the Michelangelo's philosophy, his pessimism and inner torment.

David is so familiar, we can see reproductions and pictures everywhere but see it in person... listening to a guide's commentary... well, it's totally different! After this tour, you will never look at a marble statue in the same way.

The Tour will last 1 hour and 30 min., and will give you an high quality and entertaining introduction to these masterpieces of Florence!

 

Please note : the Tour is conducted only in English

We sell Official Tickets Authorized from Civita-Opera Laboratori Fiorentini that you can visit here

What makes this Tour Unique?

  • Tour with a professional guide
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time
  • See the famous David by Michelangelo, his Four Slaves and the St Matthew
  • Stay in the museum how long you want after the guided tour

Reduced and free tickets

Reduced/Half Ticket:

  • European Community citizens between 18 and 25 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
  • Teachers from EU public institutes (Città del Vaticano, Montecarlo, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Repubblica di San Marino, Lichtestein included) with proof of tenure.

Free Ticket:

  • Citizens under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)

Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.

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Tour

On Wednesday and Sunday

Time

12,30 or 1,00 pm

Duration

1 hour and 30 minutes

Language

English

Meeting Point

15 minutes before the starting time, you'll meet the guide that will give you entrance tickets in front to the entrance.

Guide

Local guide officially authorized.

Audioguides

Whisper System (included only for groups over 10 persons).

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The main entrance of the Museum is on Via Ricasoli n° 58/60 - Florence, very near to San Marco Square.

Museum

Located in the heart of Florence, is one of the most visited museums in the city because it houses an important collection of works by Michelangelo between which stands the David, exposed in the spectacular tribune specifically created.

History

In 1784, using the environments of the San Matteo Hospital and of the Convent of St. Nicholas of Cafaggio, the Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine created the Academy of Fine Arts; along this, it was also founded the Accademia Gallery, a museum created to accommodate works of art for the training of the artists. During the course of centuries, it was modified several times to become the current museum mainly dedicated to Michelangelo.

Collections

In addition to the core of the original works, new acquisitions of old paintings took place during the eighteenth century after the abolition of churches and convents implemented by Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo, and in 1810 by Napoleon; in 1872 was transferred here the David by Michelangelo from Signoria Square to an environment of the gallery called the Tribune. In 1906 was transferred also the San Matteo and in 1909 the four sculptures of the Slaves coming from the Buontalenti Grotto in the Boboli Garden. Inside there is also a collection of plaster by Lorenzo Bartolini, and a section dedicated to the ancient musical instruments; very remarkable are also some paintings on wood by Florentine artists from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century, and the group of Russian icons.

Masterpieces

  • Michelangelo, David, 1501-1504, from Piazza della Signoria
  • Michelangelo, Four Slaves, 1530 approx., from the Buontalenti Grotto in the Boboli Garden, sculpted for the Tomb of Pope Julius II
  • Michelangelo, St. Matthew, 1505-1506, from the Florentine Cathedral
  • Michelangelo (attributed), Pietà, from the church of St. Rosalia at Palestrina (Rome)
  • Giambologna, plaster model of the Rape of the Sabines, 1582

Paintings by Taddeo Gaddi, Bernardo Daddi, Pacino di Bonaguida, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Andrea Orcagna, Lorenzo Monaco, Giovanni da Milano, Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo, Lo Scheggia, Filippino Lippi, Fra’ Bartolomeo, Agnolo Bronzino, Alessandro Allori, Santi di Tito.

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29 May 2016
It is a smaller exhibit and quicker to get through than the Ufizzi. This is both a pro and con. Unless you have studied art history the only main allure is the statue of David. But nonetheless it's still amazing!
29 May 2016
I hummed and haed about visiting the Accademia - I felt a bit galleried out after the Uffizi. But Wow! What an experience. The way David is positioned makes one realise just how perfect he is: raised on a plinth under a cupola of ribbed glass, everyone can see his magnificence from every angle, no matter how crowded the hall...
29 May 2016
Smaller museum but nice. Statue of David is the main attraction. Nice that he is on a large pedestal so everyone can see even if crowded. Get ticket ahead online to avoid standing in hot sun in a long line. Even in May it was too hot to stand longer than the 30 min we waited
29 May 2016
Most guests visiting the Accademia are there to see the "David." However, the other sculpture on display is also impressive and worth checking out. This is my second time visiting this museum in the past five years and nothing has changed. I strongly encourage purchasing the Firenze Pass which allows you to skip the long lines.
29 May 2016
We missed this on our first trip to Florence, and vowed to make certain to tour the gallery upon returning. Yes, this is a tourist mecca, but there is a reason for that! You are surrounded by beauty and artistry that defies imagination on every turn through the museum, culminating with standing before "The David." Go, stay, savor, and remember!
29 May 2016
David steals the show here in this very small museum. Literally. This statue is in the main salon and there are a couple other small galleries, but David is what you're coming to see and David will occupy most of your time here. Not that the other things aren't worth seeing - there is a room filled with other pieces...
29 May 2016
OK so there's a copy of Michelangelo's David in Piazza della Signora but somehow nothing quite beats the sight of the real thing and for that you need to visit the Academia. The best trick, if you're not on a tour to beat the queues, is to get there early. At 9am the loine isn't too bad...by 10 you may...
29 May 2016
We had precious little time in Florence so instead of standing in lines for hours we booked a tour that included front-of-the-line tickets. It was worth the price to breeze right in and spend our day enjoying these amazing masterpieces for the ages, and especially the 14-foot-tall David, a monument to the incredible talent of Michelangelo. While David is the...
29 May 2016
To see David is one of those wow moments but there are also unfinished Michelangelo figures on the way in and easy to miss. Stop and pause at these as it shows how Michelangelo would work the marble 'releasing the figure' from the marble. I think it is best to go with a small art based tour group who will...
29 May 2016
This gallery is Michaelangos David. It is the main attraction and boy does it attract. Without seeing it in the flesh you can't understand its magnitude. From every angle, it is pure perfection, from his toenails to the vein in his neck. Yes there is other art in the gallery which is stunning but most people gaze in awe of...
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