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Immerse yourself in Michelangelo’s art and enjoy his most famous work, the statue of David, and other important masterpieces. The Accademia Gallery is a museum in Florence, located in Via Ricasoli. The museum, the fourth in Italy for the number of visitors after the Uffizi, displays the largest number of sculptures by Michelangelo in the world, including the famous David.
Accademia Gallery History
The young Michelangelo sculpted the statue of David in three years, starting from a huge block of rough marble. The result was an absolutely beautiful, imposing sculpture, the real icon of the Renaissance ideal. He portrayed a magnificent nude young man in his full physical vigor, whose intense expression of force and courage, which stemmed from his absolute faith in God, was taken as a symbol of the power and invincibility of the Republic of Florence at the height of its splendor.
Sculpted entirely from Carrara marble, Michelangelo was only in his twenties while he worked on the masterpiece from 1501 to 1504. Originally commissioned to be placed along the roofline of the Florence Cathedral, the sculpture was instead positioned outside the Palazzo della Signoria in 1504. Look up to witness the lifelike outlines of muscles and veins of the biblical hero. At 17 feet (5.17 meters), the David stands as the iconic symbol of Florence’s independence
The Accademia Gallery was founded officially in 1784 in the halls of the old hospital San Matteo in Florence, and it soon became a place where important artistic institutions and artwork could be brought together under one roof.
Tickets Accademia Gallery Florence
Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the museum and acced to Temporary exhibitions
Accademia Gallery Florence Tour Guided
- Guided visit of the famous museum with an expert guide
- Save your precious time with this skip-the-line tour
- Admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece: the statue of David
- Observe paintings of religious subjects by Florentine masters
- Visit with monolingual guide
- Earphones (only for groups with over 15 participants)
How to get to Accademia Gallery Florence [map]
Tips and useful information
Due to security reasons, the access is subject to control by metal detectors.
The museum doesn’t have a cloakroom, therefore entrance is not allowed to visitors with large bags, backpack, helmets, etc.
Water bottles are allowed if not exceeding 0.5 l.
Lost property: The museum informs visitors that knives, scissors and any other metal objects that could pose a hazard to people or artworks will be withdrawn from security personnel at the entrance of the Museum and deposited at the metal detector.
The objects deposited at the metal detector and not collected on the day of the visit will remain in custody at the Museum for one week, after which will be considered lost and found and delivered to the Lost property Office of Municipality of Florence
The museum is equipped with facilities for disabled people.
Entrance and ticket office is accessible from Via Ricasoli 60.
The halls completely available are Sala del Colosso, Musical Instruments department, Galleria dei Prigioni, Sala del Bartolini/Gipsoteca, the fourteenth century and Giotto halls and the bookshops.
A fitted bathroom is located on the ground floor near the elevator to the first floor.
The halls on the first floor are accessible by two stair lifts: the first measures approx. 70cm x 80cm, with a maximum capacity of 250 kg; the other measures approx. 65cm x 75cm – maximum capacity of 225 kg.
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