The Accademia Gallery is, together with the Uffizi, one of the most visited museums in Florence. The most famous and interesting works of art housed within the Accademia Gallery are without a doubt those created by the genius Michelangelo.
The imposing marble statue of David, over 4 meters tall, the work of art that attracts the most attention within the Accademia.
Created by Michelangelo in 1504, the statue was originally placed right outside of Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza Signoria. Exposed to the weather and to acts of vandalism through the centuries, the David was finally transfered to the Accademia in 1873 to guarantee its conservation.
At the Accademia you can also admire other sculptures by Michelangelo, such as “The Prisoners”, originally placed in the Grotto by Buontalenti in the Boboli Gardens, and the statue of Saint Matthew.
Another interesting item you should make note of is the rough outline in plaster for the “Rapt of the Sabines” by Giambologna, a statue you can see in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria.
Among the works of art you’ll find here are: The Madonna of the Sea and the Madonna with Child, Two Angels and John the Baptist by Botticelli, the Annunciation by Filippino Lippo and several workds by Perugino, Pontormo, Ghirlandaio and Bronzino.
What better way to visit the Accademia and learn more about its treasures than with a tour guide by your side?
- EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old (show photo ID at entrance)
- Teachers of EU public schools (the following are also included: Vatican City, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Montecarlo, Replublic of San Marino and Lichtestein) who show school documentation that shows they are part of the school full-time faculty.
- Minors under 18 years old, regardless of citizenship (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
The tour is in the company of an authorized local guide and is conducted in English. The tour lasts about an hour and a half.
By buying your museum tickets or booking your guided tour ahead of time to the Accademia Gallery, you will be able to skip the long line that forms at this museum and will be able to spend more time admire the masterpieces housed within.