Accademia of Florence

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The Accademia Gallery is an essential stop for any visitor to Florence for one exquisite reason: Michelangelo’s David. One of the most celebrated works of the Renaissance, the fantastic details of this sculpture, from David’s sinewy arms to his steely gaze, are well worth the queues.

Carved from a single block of marble, Michelangelo’s heroic David became a symbol of Florentine power, freedom and independence, particularly in the face of the threatening Medici in the 16th century. Originally placed in a public square outside the Palazzo Vecchio, due to the damaging effect of the elements it was later moved to the Accademia Gallery.

While not quite as celebrated, Michelangelo’s Prigioni ('Prisoners' or slaves) is another powerful work that you can admire in the gallery. Originally commissioned for the tomb of Pope Julius, the sculptures show four prisoners struggling to break free of the marble that bounds them; which some interpret as a metaphor for humanity bound by the material world. The museum also features impressive works by Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Andrea Orcagna and other notable artists from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early 17th century.

Opening times

  • 8.15am-6.50pm Tuesday to Sunday
  • CLOSED 25 December, 1 January, 1 May
  • FREE on the first Sunday of each month

About the Accademia of Florence

Founded in 1784 by Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine, the Accademia was originally a teaching facility for students of the adjacent Academy of Fine Arts. It took over the old Hospital of Saint Matthew and the Convent of Saint Niccolò di Cafaggio, which is where it stands today. Overtime it amassed a collection of works from convents and monasteries suppressed by Peter Leopold in 1786 and Napoleone Bonaparte in 1810. However, it was the arrival of Michelangelo’s David in 1873 that saw the gallery make the leap towards the importance it has today. It is currently among the the most visited museums in Italy.

Address

Via Ricasoli 58-60, FIorence, Italy

Getting there

  • By train
    • Firenze SMN
  • By bus
    • 14, 23
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Buy your tickets for the Accademia Gallery and avoid queues at the entrance. Find out all about the works of art housed inside the museum such as Michelangelo's David.

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Skip the line and visit the Accademia Gallery in Florence on a small group tour. Discover Michelangelo's greatest masterpieces such as the iconic David with a local guide.

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Uffizi and Accademia Gallery small group tour with a local guide

Book this small group guided tour to visit Florence's Uffizi and Accademia galleries. Skip the line to see masterpieces by Botticelli and Michelangelo's David.

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Book your skip-the-line ticket with audio guide for the Accademia Gallery: explore the museum at your own pace following the audio commentary in your language.

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Florence semi-private tour with Uffizi and Accademia

Spend the day discovering the Duomo and Florence's historic center. Dive into the Renaissance by visiting the Uffizi and the Accademia Gallery.

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Florence Museums special afternoon with Accademia and Uffizi

Discover Florence's main museums with a guide! Visit the Uffizi and Accademia Gallery and the Vasari Corridor from the outside.

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Florence Renaissance and Medieval guided tour with Accademia and lunch
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Florence Renaissance and Medieval guided tour with Accademia and lunch

Book your Florence tour with Accademia Gallery tickets. Admire Michelangelo's David and visit the historic center with a guide and a useful audio guide app.

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Florence Renaissance and Medieval visit with Accademia and Uffizi

Discover the most iconic places in Florence: the Accademia Gallery, the Uffizi and the historic heart of the city with a local guide and an audio guide app.

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Best of Florence Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David and Duomo
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Best of Florence Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David and Duomo

Book your Florence half-day walking tour now and discover the city's highlights with the help of your guide and visit the Galleria dell'Accademia.

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Accademia Gallery skip-the-line guided tour

Make the most out of your time in Florence: skip the line to the Accademia Gallery and join a tour led by an official guide.

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Accademia Gallery and Dome climb tour with skip-the-line tickets
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Accademia Gallery and Dome climb tour with skip-the-line tickets

Admire the David of Michelangelo, marvel at the Renaissance artworks and visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

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Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo’s David and Accademia guided tour
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Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo’s David and Accademia guided tour

Get the best of the art, history, and architecture of Florence with this half-day guided tour. Skip the line at the Uffizi and the Accademia galleries and follow your guide through the historic center to admire the Ponte Vecchio bridge, the leather market, the cathedral, and much more.

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Reviews Accademia of Florence

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Mateja, 04 Jul 2016
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“I booked my tickets for both the Uffizzi and Accademia with musement, I found it very easy to book my tickets and would definitely use this site in the future.”

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GDPR Expired data, 06 Apr 2016

“If you don't like waiting in lines I would highly suggest buying your ticket through Musement. We purchased ours online and avoided a potential 1-2 hour wait. All you have to do is go to office 51 (which is across from the main gate), show them your reservation confirmation and you'll receive your tickets! At that point you just go into the reserved ticket line! Very easy and quick!”

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Jane, 31 Mar 2016
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