Accademia Gallery Guided Tour

Piazza della Repubblica, Firenze, FI, Italia - 38 Reviews
starting from 45
  • Duration: 1 h and half
  • Priority access
  • Photos without flash
  • Audioguide available
  • Accessible

What to expect

  • 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

Not only Michelangelo...

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.

What is included

  • Entrance with priority access
  • Local guide officially authorized
  • After the guided tour, stay inside as long as you want
  • Reservation fees
  • Access to temporary exhibitions
  • Whisper System (included only for groups over 12 people)

Available options

The following options can be purchased in addition to the tickets in the booking Wizard on this website.

Price reductions

Reduced/Half Ticket:

  • Children between 6 and 12 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)

Free Ticket:

  • Infants between 0 and 5 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)

To remember

  1. The tour is conducted only in ENGLISH
  2. The meeting point is located in Piazza della Repubblica at the corner with Via Pellicceria (right at the KIOSK – TOURS & NEWS STAND under the arches, on the left of the APPLE STORE) - Florence
  3. Tickets will be sent via e-mail within 24-48 hours after purchase (weekdays) with all the instructions on how to get to the meeting point.
  4. We inform you that, once booked, the date and time selected are binding. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the starting time.
  5. Big bags, large umbrellas and liquid bottles are not allowed inside the museum.
  6. Please note that even with a skip the line ticket, the security check at the entrance of the museum may cause some delays.

38 Reviews
United States
2 years ago

Brandon

"Our tour was so wonderful! My husband and I are on our honeymoon and have done multiple tours since we arrived in Italy and this was the first one where it was just the guide and us. We learned so much and were able to ask questions since it was just us. Highly recommend even if there are a few more people with your group!"

United States
2 years ago

Stephen

"It was great!"

United States
2 years ago

Cathy

"We had the most wonderful guide who gave us such interesting and fun information. She made me want to take an art history class. Thank you Helma. "

Canada
2 years ago

Kevin

"Flavia was amazing. Very friendly and found us outside the museum as soon as we arrived. Very informative and comfortable to be with. Would definitely have Flavia as a guide again. "

United Kingdom
2 years ago

Miguel

"Very happy with our choice. Our guide was superb."

United States
2 years ago

Fred

"Splendid tour guide ..staff allowed us to join the tour in progress after arriving 15 minutes late... Thank you!!"

United Kingdom
2 years ago

David

"A very knowledgeable guide Flavia concentrated on the essentials and made the tour both informative and interesting. "

Canada
2 years ago

Valerie

"We had a small group of 6 with an entry time at 12:30. Our tour experience was excellent! Our guide is very knowledgeable and he highlights the art pieces and significance along the way and spends more time at the David sculpture, where we looked all around and paid a lot of attention to the details. Defining recommend this tour."

United Kingdom
2 years ago

Steve

"Thanks Francesco, a wonderful tour round the Accademia. You really helped us understand the wonderful art on display."

United States
2 years ago

Jeff

"Our guide, Giana, was the best guide we have ever had, She was informative and charming the entire tour. We would love to have her for any tour if she is available."