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Accademia Gallery

Famous for its masterpieces of Renaissance sculpture, particularly Michelangelo’s David.

Accademia Gallery: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David

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

Discover world-famous paintings, sculptures, and tapestries with this timed entry ticket to the Accademia Gallery in Florence. See iconic pieces by Michelangelo like 'the Prisoners', 'St. Matthew' and the statue of David. View works by other famous masters like Bartolini.  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: Skip-the-Line Accademia Guided Tour

2. Florence: Skip-the-Line Accademia Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in Florence's famous Accademia. Take a tour of the gallery to encounter its outstanding collection of gothic and renaissance paintings and other artworks. Visit Michelangelo’s famous David statue. See further famous works by the great artist such as The Prisoners, as well as other masterpieces of renaissance art. Hear informative commentary from your expert English-speaking guide, who will bring each work back to life with inside stories of one of the world’s greatest artists.

Florence: Accademia Gallery & David Statue Small-Group Tour

3. Florence: Accademia Gallery & David Statue Small-Group Tour

Visit one of the most famous and popular Italian museums, the Accademia Gallery, in a small group with a maximum of 10 guests. Immerse yourself in an intimate and warm artistic atmosphere with an expert English-speaking guide that takes you back in time and brings the artworks to life. Learn about the origins of the artwork, the artists who created them, and uncover insights into the lives of history’s greatest artists. Marvel at the most famous statue on Earth, the David, and snap a photo for your holiday album. Enjoy the luxury of the small group, which means your guide can personalize and customize the tour to suit your needs, leaving you with a better understanding of the artworks that you’re most interested in.

Florence: Accademia Gallery Priority Entry Ticket

4. Florence: Accademia Gallery Priority Entry Ticket

Make the most of your time in Florence with a priority entry ticket to the Accademia Gallery. Admire one of the world's most famous sculptures, Michelangelo's David, and see some of the sculptor's other works. Skip the long lines and enter the gallery via a separate entrance. Your reserved ticket allows you to skip the ticket office and avoid the worry of whether or not tickets will be available. Visit the main hall to see Michelangelo's statue of David and some of his unfinished works still bearing his chisel marks. Discover the Gipsoteca which houses original plaster models made by 19th-century Florentine sculptors. Then, explore the other galleries of the museum and see masterpieces by medieval and Renaissance painters. Go up to the top floor to admire huge Medieval altarpieces before concluding your visit.

Florence: Exclusive Uffizi, David, and Accademia Tour

5. Florence: Exclusive Uffizi, David, and Accademia Tour

Discover the most visited museums in Florence alongside a professional guide. Together you'll admire the exhibit's most important works as you appreciate the art of the Italian Renaissance. Your guide will take you through the priority entrance into both galleries without having to wait in the long lines. Throughout your experience your guide will be on hand to explain the most important works of art which are contained inside the museums. The first stop will be the visit to The Uffizi Gallery with its pictorial collections and masterpieces by artists and protagonists of the Renaissance such as Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, and many others. Later, the guide will take you to the Accademia Gallery to discover the most famous Florentine symbol: Michelangelo's David. The gallery is one of the places with the highest number of sculptures by Michelangelo, and is a place where you can also admire the museum of musical instruments, the collection of golden-background paintings, and the Sala dei Prigioni with sculptures designed for Pope Julius II.

Florence: Accademia Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

6. Florence: Accademia Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

Skip the long ticket lines to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, and enjoy this special cultural experience with an expert guide. Gain priority access to art masterpieces for 1 hour and learn about the history of these works and their influence on Italy. Accademia is a must-see during your time in Italy: it’s home to works by world masters like Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto. See the original full-sized model of “Rape of the Sabine” by Giambologna.   Most importantly, the Accademia houses Michelangelo’s David, one of the most famed works of art in the world. You’ll also see numerous Florentine paintings from the 13th and 16th centuries, from Medieval Ages to High Renaissance, as well as Florentine Gothic paintings and a collection of Russian Icons.

Florence: Early Access Michelangelo's David and Duomo Climb

7. Florence: Early Access Michelangelo's David and Duomo Climb

You’ll start first thing in the morning, meeting your local expert guide outside the Accademia Gallery Museum. Before the daytime crowds show up, you’ll head to marvel at Michelangelo’s David as well as his unfinished sculptures known as Slaves, which give incredible insight into the mind of the great artist. From the museum, you’ll skip lines into the cathedral, where you’ll have special access to a room filled with original statues from the cathedral’s facade. Your guide will bring the unbelievable history of the cathedral's construction to life as you explore the building. Your special access extends to the cathedral itself, where you’ll step over the velvet ropes to see details up close. The best is saved for last. After seeing all there is to see inside the cathedral, you’ll visit the cathedral terraces, where you’ll use a special entrance to skip the (always long) line and climb all the way up to the top of the cathedral for the city’s most amazing views.

Florence: Uffizi and Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line Tickets

8. Florence: Uffizi and Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line Tickets

Exchange your voucher at the local partner's office then head off to the galleries where you can enjoy skip-the-line access and avoid the long waiting times. At the Uffizi Gallery, admire the array of collections which include masterpieces by renowned artists from the Renaissance movement such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, and more. As you explore, follow the lives of the artists themselves while admiring their pieces, including The Birth of Venus, Medusa, and Primavera. Next, head to the second most visited gallery in Florence, the Accademia, which houses the largest collection of sculptures by Michelangelo. Here, marvel at the impressive 520 centimeter marble sculpture of David, which is a true emblem of the Renaissance period.

Academia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with a Professional Guide

9. Academia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with a Professional Guide

The Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze is best known as the home of Michelangelo's sculpture David. Admire other sculptures by Michelangelo and a large collection of paintings by Florentine artists, mostly from the period 1300-1600, the Trecento to the Late Renaissance. Your locally qualified guides will introduce you to this museum and show you works of art created by important masters of the Renaissance, with a special focus on David and other sculptures by Michelangelo. Also discover the "Hall of the prisoners". It is an area in this gallery that takes its name from the four large sculptures of male nudes known as the prisoners (or the “slaves”) that were designed by Michelangelo for the tomb of Pope Julius II, and you will definitely discover a lot more on this informative guided tour.

Florence: Walking Tour, Accademia Gallery & Uffizi Gallery

10. Florence: Walking Tour, Accademia Gallery & Uffizi Gallery

The morning part of your full-day tour begins with a guided visit of the Accademia Gallery. Learn why Michelangelo's David is the most recognizable symbol of Florence and what the statue represented in its time. Enjoy a close encounter with timeless works of art and get the inside story of the life and times of Michelangelo, the consummate artist of the Renaissance. After the guided tour you’ll have some free time on your own to explore further and have lunch. The second part of the tour begins in the early afternoon. You’ll enjoy a complete introductory tour to the city and 2,000 years of Florentine history. Learn about the city’s Roman origins, and see the Ponte Vecchio, the famous Uffizi courtyard, and Brunelleschi magnificent Dome that overlooks the Baptistery's golden Gates of Paradise. After the walking tour you’ll visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s top art museums. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the works of the great artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and others. Admire well-known paintings that you have seen all your life in books, magazines, and on TV. Learn the secrets of the craft, techniques, and tools of the artists. When you encounter the incredible wealth of artworks of the period, you can understand why Florence is known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

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What people are saying about Accademia Gallery

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4.6 / 5

based on 10,819 reviews

We mainly wanted to avoid the very long line to get into the museum and it helped greatly. It was easy to locate the tour operator at the site and there were plenty of communications to make sure things go right. Absolutely recommend it.

The girl wait me for 20min, I feel sorry. I am grateful for her patient waiting.

Amazing Museum we were able with your app to jump a very very very long line

David is a "can't miss" in Florence. The entry was VERY easy & organized.

Easy to find and skip the line is always a time saver. Thank you!