Is the Accademia Gallery worth it? There’s the Uffizi which frankly has a bigger and better collection, there’s the replica of Michelangelo’s David standing in its original location in the Piazza della Signoria, and there are all those queues to negotiate and tickets to buy. It may seem pointless to see yet another museum in Florence, but yes, you still should visit the Accademia Gallery.
For starters, the building oozes atmosphere. It was the first drawing school in Europe, and being granted entrance to it and to the Arti del Disegno back in the Renaissance meant you had proven your worth as a painter so you could get the good commissions and be able to make your living. This was a privilege earned, and generally only granted to men. Luckily times have moved on.