Galleria dell'Accademia

Established as Europe's very first Art Academy in 1563, this gallery's most famous resident is Michelangelo’s David - but there's plenty more to see here.

TravelCurious Tip

Time your visit: entry is free on the first Sunday of the month, and during the summer the museum also holds magical late openings

In the summer months you won’t struggle to find the famous Galleria dell’Accademia — just look for the longest queue of tourists in Florence. This art museum is popular for good reason: it has been the home of Michaelangelo’s David since 1873. Before then David was left out in the cold in the Piazza della Signoria; a replica remains there even now.

There’s much more to see besides David in the Accademia, magnificent as it is. Upon entering the building you step into the Hall of the Colossus, home of the plaster model for Giambologna’s masterful marble sculpture Rape of the Sabine Women. The real thing can be seen in the Loggia dei Lanzi, but the model is just as interesting, showing a master’s creative process as he summons life from a single block of marble. Neighbouring rooms contain paintings by Andrea Orcagna, Taddeo Gaddi, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi and Sandro Botticelli.

Tribute for an Old Master

The Accademia was at first specifically intended as a tribute to Michaelangelo, celebrating the fourth centenary of his birth. It has broadened its range since then, but it still contains numerous works of his. Other than David, it also includes his four unfinished Prisoners, which were intended for the tomb of Pope Julius II, and a statue of Saint Matthew.

Sounds and sweet airs

The most recent section of the Accademia, the Museum of Musical Instruments, offers the chance to learn about the invention of the piano, created by Bartolomeo Cristofori for the Medici, and admire the Grand Ducal collection of forty instruments, scaling from harpsichords to violoncellos.

Nearby Attractions

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Santa Maria del Fiore
This stunning cathedral took nearly 150 years to complete, and Brunelleschi's dome is today the most iconic feature of the Florentine skyline.
The Baptistery of St John
Among the city’s oldest buildings (and certainly its most octagonal), the Baptistery is a superb example of Florentine Romanesque style.
Piazza del Duomo
Florence's 'Cathedral Square' is in the historic heart of the city and home to several of its most famous landmarks.
Michelangelo's David
Probably the world's most iconic sculpture, this Renaissance masterpiece took Michelangelo two years to complete.
Florentine Leather Market
Plunge into the Italian market scene by visiting Florence's most famous outdoor.
Unique and unrepeatable creations made entirely by hand according to the Florentine goldsmith's tradition.

Related Tours

Half-Day Florence Private Tour & Skip-the-Line Tickets to the 'David'
This half-day tour of Florence's Renaissance artwork and architecture is a must for all visitors. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy the comfort of a private guide escorting you throughout your tour. 
  • Begin your tour with skip-the-line tickets to the Accademia.
  • See Michelangelo’s David and marvel at its grandeur.
  • Explore other highlights in the museum.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s highlights, including the Duomo, the buildings of the Uffizi Galleries, and Palazzo Vecchio. 
  • Learn about Italian leatherwork, and discover the best places to shop in the city.
  • Finish your tour with a classic Italian gelato on us. 

Discover the highlights of Florence and follow an expert and entertaining guide to the most significant places through the historical centre and learn about the amazing history of the city from the time it was the capital of the Renaissance to the time it became the capital of early unified Italy. Your tour begins in the prestigious Accademia Gallery, where you will enjoy skip-the-line tickets to the museum, and explore stunning artwork, including Michelangelo's David.

Then see the religious centre of the city: admire the Duomo, whose impressive Dome was designed by Brunelleschi, and the Baptistery of Saint John, one of the oldest buildings in Florence. From the religious centre, you will walk to the political centre, and enjoy a pleasant stroll through Piazza Della Signoria, surrounded by its ancient buildings and the Loggia Dei Lanzi. In this open-air museum, we will see original masterpieces by Giambologna and Cellini. From there, you'll cross the famous Ponte Vecchio, the medieval bridge on the Arno River. Your tour finishes with a delicious gelato (on us!) before your guide leaves you with recommendations for how to spend the remainder of your day.

Please note that the Duomo of Florence does not offer skip-the-line tickets and a long line often forms at the entrance. If the line is too long you will not visit the interior of the Cathedral on tour, and your guide will give you tips on the best time to return to avoid standing in line.   



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