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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  90 minutes (approx.)
Get up close to Michelangelo’s ‘David’ on this Viator Exclusive with early access to the Accademia Gallery in Florence. Be among the first of the day to see the museum's world-famous Renaissance statues; it's a Viator Exclusive that can't be booked anywhere else! With a group of no more than 15 people and an art historian as a guide, marvel at some of the Accademia Gallery’s renowned works including Michelangelo’s ‘San Matteo’ before coming face-to-foot with the awe-inspiring ‘David.’ Your small-group tour finishes with free time followed by a tantalizing Italian breakfast at a nearby cafe.


  • 1.5-hour exclusive, early access tour of the Accademia Gallery in Florence, including breakfast at a nearby cafe
  • Enjoy crowd-free access to Michelangelo’s David with this Viator Exclusive, not available anywhere else
  • Learn about Michelangelo's works from an art-historian guide and see San Matteo, Palestrina Pietà and the Prigioni
  • Enjoy free time at the Accademia Gallery to see art by Botticelli and other Renaissance greats
  • End your tour with a delicious, traditional breakfast at a central Florence cafe
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people to provide a more intimate experience
  • This tour cannot be booked anywhere else — don't miss out on this unforgettable experience!

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to the Accademia Gallery in Florence with Breakfast

Enjoy a Viator Exclusive experience at the Accademia Gallery!

Meet your expert guide, a professional art historian, outside the Accademia Gallery to begin your tour. Your guide will exchange your voucher and give you the entrance ticket to the museum. Get ready to head inside bypassing the lengthy entrance lines that often last up to 3 hours during high season. You'll be one of the first of the day to enter the gallery with a small group on this Viator Exclusive.

Once inside the Accademia Gallery, stroll with your guide and enjoy some of the museum’s most famous artistic masterpieces without the usual large crowds. Listen as your guide shares interesting facts and details about some of the artwork and discusses the little-known stories behind some of Michelangelo’s major works including San Matteo, Palestrina Pietà and the four male nudes known as Prigioni.

Follow your expert guide down the gallery’s halls until you reach the Tribune where Michelangelo’s David stands in all his glory under a halo-like dome. An unsurpassed icon of beauty and perfection, the David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture and one of the most famous statues of all time. Carved by Michelangelo in the early 16th century, the marble statue is a symbol of strength and youthful human beauty.

After marveling at the David, your exclusive experience ends with a delicious, traditional Italian breakfast (think strong coffee and sweet pastries) at a cozy cafe in central Florence. Choose to follow your guide directly to the cafe. Alternatively, stay inside the Accademia Gallery to see some of the other exhibits, including works by Botticelli and Filippino Lippi, before making your own way to the cafe.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour worth getting up early to do before the crowds. Guide wad excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was the only way we could see David and it was well worth it. He was sold out for days! The guide was very knowledgeable and David was beautiful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great tour, early start but well worth it as you do enter the building before the general public at around 8.15. We met a representative outside who was clearly noticeable and waited for our guide. Sylvia was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the the works and seeing David with fewer people surround him was a treat! After we had explored the main works which took an hour, we were then free to wonder around the rest of the exhibitions on our own although the gallery isn't that big and the breakfast which was about a 3 minute walk away and very easy to find was superb! In a very nice cafe part of the Cuore hotel couldn't have asked for more!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Beat the crowd tour was amazing. The breakfast was not really breakfast so don't expect much. But the museum tour without the crowd is worth 5 stars

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour to beat the line and crowds. By the time we were leaving the Gallery, the crowds were arriving.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The art history guide very a very good communicator. He was very knowledgable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very passionate and informative guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great small group tour of the Academia with lots of personal attention.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Without the tour the real story of David and how he came to be would not have been as enriching. Our guide was so passionate and expressive and a total delight. She had done her Doctorate on David and thus was very well versed, Our group was very small , six people and we entered the academy before it opened to the public and that allowed us to take some great photos. I would definitely advise everyone to take the i
Viator early access to the Accademia Gallery in Florence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our small group told our guide that we were primarily interested in David, so upon entering the museum she skipped the standard tour itinerary and we went straight to the statue of David. We had around 15 minutes of almost private viewing. Spectacular!!

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