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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

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 7,546 reviews

An amazing peaceful morning with my new BFF David

I am so glad that I booked this tour. I knew it was a good idea to at least make reservations to get into the Accademia first thing in the morning, but having a guided tour was definitely worth it. I had a little bit of trouble finding my group - because it was so small! - there were only two other people besides myself, and then our guide, Leonardo. Our guide was amazing and gave us really great insight into Florence history and background on Michelangelo and the Medici Family while we waited in line. We were literally the first few people into the museum and it was truly incredible and awe inspiring. I would definitely, definitely recommend this tour/experience to anyone looking to maximize their time in Florence, make a somewhat confusing museum a little bit less confusing, and have a wonderful learning opportunity at the same time.

One of the easiest entry procedures in Florence.

We arrived on time and were shown right into the Academmia. The exhibits were excellent but most of all we appreciated the good service online and at the Academmia.

The tour was informative and the amount of time was just right

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate about her job. She was inspiring and made us appreciate the history and beauty of Michelangelo's masterpiece

Our guide Francesca was very informative w/sparkling personality!

Francesca made our experience of the David and Michelangelo so interesting and fun. So much more meaningful than just going and looking at sculptures!

Splendid! Alda was an amazing guide!! So passionate and knowledgeable!

I can express the warmth and passion and insight that Alda impressed upon us during our tour! She’s a first rate tour guide!!!

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