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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:75 minutes (approx.)

Skip the Line: Florence Accademia Gallery Tour

Skip the line to see Michelangelo’s 'David' on this 1-hour tour through the Accademia Gallery in Florence. Accompanied by an expert guide, head straight inside the world-famous museum with your priority access ticket and learn about the impressive collection of artwork inside. Witness Michelangelo’s masterpiece and hear about its fascinating history from your guide. You’ll also have the chance to check out the artist's unfinished 'Prigioni', as well as works by Renaissance greats like Lippi and Botticelli.


  • 1.15-hour Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) tour in Florence
  • Skip the line with your fast-track entrance ticket to Florence’s Accademia Gallery
  • Learn about prestigious Renaissance artwork from an expert guide
  • See Michelangelo’s Prigioni, San Matteo and the statue of David
  • Hear of the history behind David, an icon of Florence
  • Admire works by artists such as Botticelli, Lippi and Orcagna

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Florence Accademia Gallery Tour

See works of art by Michelangelo inside the Accademia Gallery

Your tour will begin in central Florence, outside of the Accademia Gallery. Meet up with your guide and avoid the lines with a direct access ticket.

Listen to the rich history and stories behind the collection of artwork hosted within the museum’s walls. Examine Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures, Prigioni and San Matteo, before making your way to the gem of the collection, the artist’s famed David.

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.

After examining David up close, continue to explore other Renaissance artwork featured in the Accademia, including greats such as Botticelli, Lippi and Orcagna. After parting ways with your guide, you may continue exploring independently in the museum for as long as you wish.

Customer Reviews

Malcolm F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Amazing! We arrived at the front of the Accademia, met the tour people and were looked after brilliantly. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and knowlegable. She explained many of the displays on the way to Michelangelo. Once in the main hall she gave us expert information then allowed ample time to observe the magnificent statue. Our guide provided us with information and insights that we would not have had if we had done the tour by ouselves. Whole heatedly recommended...but don't forget to book early.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

really good, our guide was friendly and knowledgable

Melissa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great guide and small group!

Emily B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Guide was very knowledgeable and gave us the details of the highlights of the Accademia.

Joshua M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was absolutely phenomenal! He was very insightful and kept the entire tour engaged and interested.

Norie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was worth it for me as I didn't want to wait in line. The statue of David is magnificent in person! No photos does any justice to this gorgeous sculpture.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Loved the passion, knowledge and dry sense of humor of Antonio our guide .
Am now in love with the sculptures of Michaelangelo!

Dawn R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We were able to pass up hundreds of waiting people by having tickets ahead of time with Viator. We will definitely use this service again, since it was so easy online and then just printing verification out. Thanks.

Tara P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Tour was great!! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly...

Cheryl R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Best experience we had.

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