Michelangelo's David

Colossal in its fame and size, Michelangelo’s masterpiece is a symbol of strength and beauty.

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Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

1. Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

The Accademia Gallery is particularly famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo: the Prisoners, the St.Matthew and, especially, the statue of David.  Admire the 5.17-meter marble statue representing the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in Florentine art. The statue soon came to symbolize the defence of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family.    In the adjacent rooms, which were part of two former convents, important works of art are collected here from the Academy of Design, the Academy of Fine Arts and from suppressed convents.  Recently the Gallery has been further enriched by the important collection of old musical instruments from the Cherubini Conservatory, the Department of Musical Instruments.

Florence: Guided City Walking Tour with Accademia and Uffizi

2. Florence: Guided City Walking Tour with Accademia and Uffizi

Step into Florence, the world's most beautiful open-air museum. Uncover the history of the Eternal City with a local guide and stroll through the halls of the Uffizi and Accademia galleries with skip-the-line tickets. Marvel at the works of Michelangelo and Botticelli. Follow your local guide and hear all the captivating stories behind the main monuments of the historical center. Discover the rivalries and plots of Florence's dominant families such as the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici. Head to the Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo's iconic David. Skip the lines with the express security check and explore the gallery. Slip into the past as your guide provides insightful details and facts about each work. Continue to the Uffizi Gallery and benefit from express entry once again. Here, admire timeless art by Renaissance masters, like Primavera and the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, the Dukes of Montefeltro by Piero della Francesca, Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, and Tondo Doni by Michelangelo.

Florence: Accademia Gallery Skip-The-Line Ticket with Host

3. Florence: Accademia Gallery Skip-The-Line Ticket with Host

Embark on a journey through art history with a visit to the Accademia Gallery, a must-see when visiting Florence. Avoid long waiting times and have more time to take in works by Michelangelo, Giambologna, Di Cione, di Buonaguida, Monaco, and Bartolini. Begin by meeting your host, who can answer your questions about the gallery. Then skip the long ticket line, enter the gallery and begin your tour with a visit to the Medici family’s collection of musical instruments. Admire unique instruments, including the most expensive Stradivarius in the world. Continue to see the Prisoners and San Matteo by Michelangelo, then marvel at the artist’s most iconic sculpture, David. Read about this statue’s creation and the complex history of the piece of marble that Michelangelo used to sculpt his masterpiece. Finally, see the plasters of Lorenzo Bartolini before ending your visit by taking in the collection of paintings by Lorenzo Monaco and other noteworthy artists from the 16th century.

Florence: Accademia Gallery and David Guided Walking Tour

4. Florence: Accademia Gallery and David Guided Walking Tour

Get an insider's view of one of Florence's most notable museums on a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery. You'll skip the lines as you learn about art and history from a certified guide. Discover the rich history and culture of Florence, including its most iconic treasure, Michelangelo's David. As you marvel at the legendary works, your expert guide will fill you in on interesting and lesser-known facts about the art. Learn why David is the most recognizable symbol of Florence, and what it meant to the Republic of Florence when it was created.

Florence: Entry to Accademia, Uffizi & Brunelleschi’s Dome

5. Florence: Entry to Accademia, Uffizi & Brunelleschi’s Dome

Embark on a journey through art history with a visit to the Accademia Gallery, the Uffizi Gallery, and Brunelleschi’s Dome, three must-see attractions in Florence. Take in works by Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli, then visit the most important piece of Renaissance architecture in the city. Move through the three attractions as you wish and in your own time, without the stress of a tour group or a guide. Spend as much time as you like at each, and gain a deeper appreciation for the cultural and historical heritage of Florence. Begin your self-guided tour by picking up guides from the local representative, which will allow you to learn all about the impressive artworks on display. Enter the Accademia Gallery and get the lowdown on masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more. Marvel at the expansive collection of Renaissance artwork at the Uffizi Gallery by the likes of Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Take in world-renowned masterpieces such as Fra Angelico’s “Coronation of the Virgin”, Caravaggio’s “Medusa”, and Botticelli's “Birth of Venus”. Explore the wonders of Brunelleschi's Dome, a symbol of Florence and of the Renaissance itself. Admire Zuccari and Giorgio Vasari's frescoes, and enjoy views over Florence at the summit. Finish with a visit to the Baptistery, the Opera del Duomo Museum, and the Crypt of Santa Reparata.

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

6. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

Depart from Rome to the Northern province of Tuscany for a full-day tour to the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, crossing the green valley of the Tiber River to the slopes of the Apennines, passing the vineyards of Chianti before your arrival in Pisa. See “Piazza dei Miracoli” with its famous Leaning Tower and visit the Baptistery and the “Duomo”, all in shining white marble. At 12:00 PM depart toward Florence, the legendary city of artists and architects from the 14th to 17th centuries. Stop for lunch. At 02:30 PM meet with your professional guide for a walking tour of Florence. Once in the city center, you can breathe the atmosphere of medieval streets and craftsmen’s workshops and see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli, including Michelangelo’s David at the “Accademia”. See the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its beautiful dome projected by Brunelleschi and admire the Baptistery as well as Giotto’s Bell Tower. The tour ends with a breathtaking view from “Piazzale Michelangelo”, a superb panoramic view of the Tuscan capital, including “Ponte Vecchio”, Arno River and the “Duomo”. Then, back to Rome.

Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio App

7. Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio App

Do not miss the chance to explore one of the most famous museums in the world in a completely independent way, with audio commentary from an interactive and easy to use app! You can not leave Florence without visiting the Accademia Gallery and thanks to your skip-the-line ticket and your user-friendly app you will enjoy the numerous masterpieces found within. Immerse yourself completely in Michelangelo’s art, the genius of the Renaissance, discovering his most renowned works of art such as ''I Prigioni'' and ''San Matteo'' and the “Palestrina Pietà.” As you explore, use your app on your smartphone to learn about the famous works and familiarize yourself with the masters. If you also want to explore the city, choose the walking tour option and follow your English- speaking guide. Admire amazing places such as the monuments in Duomo Square, Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and the amazing Oltrarno district.

From Rome: Florence by High-Speed Train & Guided Tour

8. From Rome: Florence by High-Speed Train & Guided Tour

Escape Rome on a high-speed train and travel to Florence to enter the beautiful Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery with a guide. Board the train and enjoy a relaxing trip on the way to Florence. Walk towards the Duomo Square and get lost between the beautiful facade of the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, and the unique Giotto Bell Tower, between the Baptistery and the majestic Brunelleschi Dome. Meet the guide at 11:00 am for a visit to the Accademia Gallery, a must-see destination in Florence, and the home of Michelangelo's statue of David. Wander through the gallery and see the beautiful pieces, while gaining significant insights into art and painting techniques. Take a walk to the Central market and prepare to enjoy a tasting of typical local products followed by another walk, this time towards Ponte Vecchio, an eternal symbol of Florence, and reach the Piazzale Degli Uffizi, home to the Uffizi Gallery. Move on to Piazza Della Signoria where to meet with the guide while you admire the majestic Palazzo Vecchio. Enter this unique gallery and be immersed in its artistic spirit, admire wonderful artworks such as "The Birth of Venus" and "The Spring" by Botticelli. See many other famous works by artists such as Giotto, Piero Della Francesca, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Titian, Caravaggio, and many others. After an amazing day, start the walk back to the Santa Maria Novella train station and depart back to Rome.

Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

9. Florence: Walking Tour with Accademia & Uffizi Galleries

Begin your tour with a guided visit to the Accademia Gallery. Explore this historic institution, one of Europe's oldest art and drawing academies, and home to an impressive collection of art and sculptures. Admire some of Michelangelo's most beloved masterpieces including the famous 'David' and other important works such as 'I prigioni,' 'San Matteo,' and the 'Palestrina Pietà'. After visiting the Accademia, your guide will lead you first to discover the amazing complex of monuments that characterize Florence's religious center: Florence Cathedral with its incredible Brunelleschi Dome, the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise), and the elegant Giotto Bell Tower, the loveliest in all of Italy. The walk continues along lively Via Calzaioli in the heart of the city, where you can admire the imposing and singular Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic art. Continuing on, delight in the romantic, picturesque Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, with its renowned jewelry shops. Finally, arrive in Piazza Signoria, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the political center of the city. In this true “outdoor museum”, be amazed by the beautiful Fountain of Neptune and then, looking around, the sculptural masterpieces of the Loggia dei Lanzi. Dominating all this is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio with its crenelated Arnolfo tower, one of the most famous symbols of Florence that you will be able to enjoy in all its magnificence. The wonderful perspective of the open gallery of Palazzo degli Uffizi opens onto the square. Finally, you simply can't leave Florence without visiting one of the most important art collections in the world, the Uffizi Gallery. Explore this famous art gallery housed in a historic building, and marvel at incredible works of art by great Renaissance masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, and many others. See two of the world’s most famous paintings, Botticelli’s 'Primavera' and 'Birth of Venus,' along with countless other magnificent paintings, sculptures and other works of art. The guided tour ends at the Uffizi Terrace where you can enjoy an amazing and exclusive view of the city’s most important monuments. Once the guided tour is over, it is possible to stay in the museum. Please note that the order of the visits may change. After the walking tour, you can enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in a historic restaurant in the old city (if option selected).

Florence: Best of Florence Tour with Michelangelo's David

10. Florence: Best of Florence Tour with Michelangelo's David

Journey through the heart of Renaissance Florence, exploring the galleries and piazzas of the city center. As you gaze up at Brunelleschi’s magnificent Duomo and see Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia, you will discover why Florence has enchanted its visitors over the centuries.  In Florence, the masterpieces are not only inside the galleries and churches but outside too, in the piazzas and streets. Walk through some of the most beautiful parts of the city. Cross the ancient Ponte Vecchio and stroll through Piazza della Signoria and learn how art and politics have always been closely intertwined in the Renaissance city. Your expert guide will show you some of Florence’s greatest artistic treasures including a set of doors so beautiful that they came to be known as the Gates of Paradise. 

Planning Your Visit

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Michelangelo's David

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 7,859 reviews

Taking a private tour is the way to go! We saw everything we wanted to see and our guide really catered us--pace, what we saw, etc. Rosa was wonderful! She felt more like a friend and did a great job of explaining things to my 15 year old son. She is passionate about Florence and the museums and that just kept the momentum going and the excitement up! I highly recommend this tour!

Such a great experience! The other members of the tour didn’t show, so I was lucky enough to unintentionally get a private tour. My guide was so kind, knowledgeable and tailored the experience to meet my interests. It was one of the highlights of my trip for sure.

Really easy to use, just go to the ticket office 15 mins before our timed entry slot and they gave me the real ticket to get in.

Maria was a very knowledgeable and personable guide! We enjoyed her leading us through the academia!

We arrived early and got straight in Gallery excellent if can't make Uffizi .