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Michelangelo's Statue of David (Il Davide di Michelangelo) Tours

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The image of Michelangelo’s David statue (Il Davide di Michelangelo), one of the world’s best-known works of art, is so ubiquitous in Florence that it has become a symbol of Italy’s Renaissance capital. Carved between 1501 and 1504 and installed at the custom-built Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) in 1873, the masterpiece also symbolizes strength and human beauty.

The Basics
Michelangelo’s statue of David is one of the most popular sights in Florence—if not the entire art world—and there are always long lines to enter the Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) in high season. To avoid waiting for hours under the hot Florentine sun, it is essential either to book skip-the-line tickets in advance or to join a guided tour that includes gallery entrance tickets along with an explanation of this important masterpiece. Once you’re inside, admire the four unfinished statues by Michelangelo, known as the Slaves or Prisoners, lining the hall leading to the rotunda under which David holds court. Many Florence city tours include visits to the Uffizi Gallery, Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore), and Accademia Gallery accompanied by an experienced tour guide, and small-group tours of the city center hit must-sees like Ponte Vecchio as well.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Experiencing David is an absolute must for art lovers, Renaissance fans, and pretty much all first-time visitors to Florence.
  • Luggage, large bags, and backpacks are not allowed inside the gallery, and there is no coat or baggage check.
  • The gallery is entirely accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The Galleria dell’Accademia is located in the heart of Florence, an easy walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station, Duomo, and Piazza della Signoria.

When to Get There
Florence’s Accademia Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:15am to 6:50pm; final entry is at 6:20pm. The gallery is closed on Mondays, January 1, May 1, and December 25. The gallery is most crowded from late morning through the afternoon, so consider reserving a private tour with exclusive early morning access to enjoy the famous statue before the throngs of daily visitors arrive.

Inauspicious Beginnings
The statue of David has a fascinating history, and did not seem initially destined for greatness. The block of marble Michelangelo was given to work with was flawed and had already been partly carved by his predecessor. Nonetheless he carved David to adorn the Duomo, but the finished statue was too heavy to hoist onto the cathedral and was placed instead at the entrance to Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria. Not long after the statue was unveiled here, rioters at an anti-Medici rebellion threw a chair out of a window directly onto David's arm, which broke in three places. In 1873, David was moved to the safety of the Accademia Gallery, and a replica—one of many—now marks the spot where the original once stood.
Address: Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, Italy
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 8:15am until 6:50pm, with the last tickets sold at 6:20pm
Admission: Varies
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Skip-the-Line Florence Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo's David Ticket

Visitors often have to join long lines at Florence’s Accademia Gallery, spending more time outside than admiring its art treasures. This ticket lets you bypass the main entrance lines, so you can head inside and explore independently without any long wait. View paintings by artists including Lippi and del Sarto, see unfinished works by Michelangelo, and marvel at the star attraction, Michelangelo’s sublime 'David.'
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Florence's Accademia Gallery Priority Entrance Ticket

Make the most of your precious time in Florence with priority entrance tickets to the world-famous Accademia Gallery, best known as the home of Michelangelo's 'David' statue. Beat the crowds that are a constant at this popular attraction, and head straight inside the hallowed halls to feast your eyes on the iconic sculpture plus masterworks of Renaissance painting by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, and many others. Stay as long as you like during museum opening hours, and view the art at your own pace.
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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia Gallery Tickets

Enjoy direct access to Florence’s Accademia Gallery with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Explore the home of Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece, the ‘David,’ and see the renowned sculpture up close. Get the chance to admire some of Michelangelo’s unfinished works, including ‘Prigioni,’ along with paintings by Sandro Botticelli and more.
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Accademia Gallery Independent Morning Tour

Admire the mastery of Michelangelo at your own pace with this independent tour of the Accademia Gallery. Enjoy the freedom to take in the artwork at your leisure with an informative audio guide to give context to what you see.
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Guided Tour of Accademia Gallery and Skip-the-Line tickets: The David and Stradivarius

Marvel over Renaissance masterpieces and historic treasures at one of Florence’s most popular museums on this guided tour of the Accademia Gallery. Skip the queues with fast-track entrance, then learn more about the museum’s highlights with the help of a certified guide. Stand in awe before Michelangelo’s original ‘David’ sculpture; admire works by artists like Giambologna and Botticelli; and see rare musical instruments, including a 1690 Stradivarius in the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini.
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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia Gallery Tickets

Many visitors are surprised to learn that Florence is home to three “David” statues—but the original masterpiece by Michelangelo is housed within the Accademia Gallery. Feast your eyes on the real thing without wasting time standing in line thanks to priority museum entrance. Whether you want to quickly see the colossal statue and move on or linger among other Renaissance treasures, do so at your own pace.
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Skip-the-Line Florence Accademia Gallery Small Group Tour

Skip the line to see Michelangelo’s 'David' on this tour of the Accademia Gallery in Florence. Accompanied by a professional 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. Have the chance to check out the artist's unfinished 'Prigioni', as well as works by Renaissance greats like Lippi and Botticelli.
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Accademia Entrance Ticket and Self Guided Tour

Explore the Accademia Gallery at your own pace on this self-guided audio tour. Booking your ticket in advance means you have a reserved entry time and won't have to wait in line to buy tickets. Follow the audio guide, pausing whenever you like to take more time, to see the gallery's highlights, such as Michelangelo's David and other masterpieces.
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"UFFIZI + DAVID & ACCADEMIA" PRIORITY TICKETS

Discover the most visited museums in Florence and two of the most visited in the world, admiring the most important works to appreciate the art of the Italian Renaissance. The Uffizi Gallery with its collections of works of art, masterpieces by artists and protagonists of the Renaissance such as Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci and many others.And the Galleria dell'Accademia, the second most visited museum in Florence to discover Michelangelo's David, one of the most famous Florentine symbols. The Gallery is one of the places with the highest number of sculptures by Michelangelo, besides you can admire the museum of musical instruments, the largest collection of paintings with a gold background and the Sala dei Prigioni with sculptures designed for Pope Julius II. You will enter from the priority entrance to the museum and enjoy a journey into the life of the genius of Michelangelo.
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Small Group Skip the Line Galleria della Accademia Guided Tour

Get the most out of your visit to the Galleria della Accademia on this guided tour with a small group. You'll save tons of time with reserved entry tickets and skip-the-line privileges. Follow a carefully curated tour designed to show you the best of the gallery and focus on Michelangelo's masterpiece "David".
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Accademia Gallery Skip-the-line Ticket with instant delivery & App-Guided Visit

You can't leave Florence without visiting the Accademia Gallery and thanks to your skip-the-line ticket and our user-friendly APP Guide you will enjoy the original statue of the David and other masterpieces of Michelangelo. Michelangelo’s carved the David from a giant block of Carrara marble in three years only, realizing a sculpture of breathtaking beauty, an iconic symbol of the Renaissance. Immerse yourself completely in Michelangelo’s Art, the genius of the Renaissance, discovering also his most renowned works of art such as ''I Prigioni'' and ''San Matteo'' and the “Palestrina Pietà”. Download the APP from the APP Store on your smartphone-you will find all the details on your voucher when booking. The App code and the skip-the line ticket you will be delivered at the Museum entrance.The APP users must be provided by their own smartphone.
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Galleria dell'Accademia & David Skip The line Tour

As the home of Michelangelo's David, the Accademia Gallery in Florence draws huge crowds. Save hours of waiting in line with a skip-the-line admission ticket, guaranteed to make your vacation smoother. As well as avoiding lines, you’ll tour the gallery with a guide and learn things about the paintings that you may otherwise have missed. Plus, choose from several departure times to suit your schedule.
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Small Group Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line to Accademia, David & Uffizi Gallery

Make the most of your time in Florence with this Combo Saver tour covering all of the city’s iconic sights in one day. Skip the line at the Accademia Gallery to marvel at Michelangelo’s David; gaze up in wonder at the great red dome of Il Duomo, Florence Cathedral from the outside; and explore the streets of the historic city center with insights from an expert guide. Then, skip another line to end the day with a comprehensive tour of the immense Uffizi Gallery.
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Small Group Florence Skip the Line David and Accademia with Optional Duomo Visit

Experience the Tuscan capital's top attractions on a small-group walking tour through Florence. Begin with skip-the-line access to view Michelangelo's 'David' in the Accademia Gallery, and learn how the House of Medici shaped Florence into a helm of arts and humanities. Then see the lovely exterior of the Duomo, the city's iconic, Gothic-style cathedral, as well as the Baptistery to hear the fascinating origins of the Gates of Paradise. Afterward stroll the local streets, taking in landmarks like the Ponte Vecchio bridge.
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1.5-Hour with David - Accademia Gallery Tour

Get skip-the-line access to the Accademia Gallery, one of Florence's most popular museums, during this 1.5-hour guided tour with a small group. Visit rooms dedicated to plaster models from the 19th century and medieval religious paintings. Walk through the spectacular collection, which includes masterpieces like the famous statue of David, while learning about the history of the art from your guide. Enjoy personal attention and the opportunity to ask questions on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people. Following the tour, you are free to continue exploring the museum independently. Admission tickets to the gallery are included.
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Best of Florence Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line at Michelangelo’s ‘David’

Skip the line to see Michelangelo’s "David" at the Accademia Gallery before enjoying a walking tour of Florence. Led by an expert guide, experience world-famous artwork and the Renaissance city’s top attractions, including the Ponte Vecchio and the Florence Duomo (from its exterior). As you go, gain insight about Florentine art and architecture from your guide, with audio headsets provided so that you hear everything clearly. Numbers are limited to 19 during this tour to ensure a small-group experience.
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Early Morning Accademia Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Get a head start on your sightseeing with this early morning skip-the-line tour of the Accademia Gallery in Florence. Avoid the queues and the crowds, and continue exploring the museum after the guided tour if you like.
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Accademia Gallery: Priority Entrance & Private Audio-Guided Tour in Mobile App

Get priority access to the Accademia and see Michelangelo’s David, one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art. Get inspired by dozens of 15th-century paintings by the likes of Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, and Uccello with the downloadable audio guide in Surprise Me mobile app.Florence’s Accademia is now synonymous with Michelangelo’s towering statue of David. Everything about this 5-meter (17-foot) piece of sculpture is super-sized – apart from one little detail which most men will find reassuring!A supreme work of technical mastery and symbol of the struggles of the Florentine Republic against its bigger and nastier rivals, David encapsulates the spirit of the city itself.Other artworks to look out for include Michelangelo’s famously unfinished Slaves, a set of captive figures enslaved in marble; 15th-century paintings by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Uccello, and more!⚠️ No liquids are allowed inside, except for half-liter water bottles.
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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia Gallery Tickets

With a priority ticket to Accademia Gallery, you can see Michelangelo's iconic “David” sculpture without spending hours waiting in line. Skipping the long wait means more time inside the popular Florence museum to admire the original larger-than-life statue and other Renaissance treasures like Michelangelo’s “Slaves” and by paintings by Giotto. This ticket-only option is great for independent and budget travelers who prefer to explore at their own pace.
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Small Group Best of Florence with Special Access David & Duomo

See the highlights of Renaissance Florence on a leisurely 3-hour walking tour featuring special-access entrance to the Florence Duomo that lets you enter without waiting in line. Follow a passionate local guide and small group of no more than 15 people, to see Michelangelo’s David, the Baptistery (outside), and the Piazza del Duomo. End with a city stroll that includes landmarks like the Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Orsanmichele Church, and Ponte Vecchio. This is a great way to pack the highlights of Renaissance Florence into a short amount of time.
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ACCADEMIA GALLERY TOUR

Most visitors come to the Accademia Gallery to view Michelangelo’s iconic statue “David,” but there’s plenty more to see here. Several other Michelangelo statues are on display, allowing visitors to see how his technique progressed over the years. You’ll also find 15th and 16th-century paintings, a musical instrument museum, and many works of priceless art.
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Small-Group Florence Day Tour with David, Duomo & Uffizi

Experience the very best of Florence in a single, memorable day. See Michelangelo’s iconic ‘David’ sculpture up-close at the Accademia Gallery, and learn the secrets of Brunelleschi’s magnificent Duomo. Explore the ‘living museum’ of the medieval city with a walking tour of its most important piazzas and outdoor monuments, and finish with a journey through the Renaissance at the world-famous Ufizzi Gallery. Save time with skip-the-line access to the most popular attractions, and enjoy a small-group atmosphere of no more than 20 people.
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Beyond David, the creation process

After the meeting point in the "Christian Book" shop (in front of the museum entrance) we will enter the Academy. The first part of the visit includes an "excursus" on Michelangelo's life from birth to his death: it is a necessary background to understand the stylistic reasons behind his art. Finally we contemplate at a distance the "giant" symbol of Florence and the Renaissance and we will discover what hides behind Michelangelo's work: why David was so important at that time and why it is so important in art history as to be considered one of the symbols of western thought? So it will be an opportunity to see how Michelangelo exceeds the perfection of David with his "Prigioni" (prisons): these statues express a different style and tension (to say the contrary) compared to the David that is the pinnacle of his youthful journey: the so-called "unfinished way", an artistic reason with profound philosophical roots will accompany the artist's maturity until his death.
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Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

Check off the best bits of Italy’s Renaissance capital on this comprehensive 3-hour walking tour of Florence. Stroll around the historic monuments of Piazza della Republica and Piazza della Signoria, cross the landmark Ponte Vecchio bridge, then admire the opulent Pitti Palace and the legendary Duomo. After browsing the designer boutiques of Via Tornabuoni and the artist’s workshops of lively Oltrarno, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Accademia museum to view Michelangelo's world-famous David sculpture. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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Skip the line: Accademia Gallery tour

Tour Florence’s famous Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) with a knowledgeable guide for a more in-depth exploration of its priceless art. Listen to expert commentary about the museum and its artists as you marvel at masterpieces like Michelangelo’s ‘David’ statue. When the guided portion ends, you can stay at the museum to continue browsing independently.
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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour

Skip the line to see two of Florence’s top museums, the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery. Led by an expert guide, first pay homage to Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia, heading straight inside with your priority access ticket. Roam the impressive collection of art and opt for an included lunch, if you wish, before heading to the Uffizi Gallery. There, avoid the crowds again with your skip-the-line ticket and enjoy a guided walking tour, pausing at Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and other Renaissance masterpieces.
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Accademia Gallery Tour

See world-famous masterpieces of Renaissance art at Florence’s Accademia Gallery. Skip the long entrance lines and head directly inside with a knowledgeable guide for a 1-hour tour of gallery highlights focusing on the works of Michelangelo. See the iconic ‘David’ sculpture and other awe-inspiring pieces by the native Florentine while your guide shares background information via an audio headset. After the tour, you can stay to continue exploring the museum’s treasure trove of art on your own.
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Accademia Gallery Guided Tour

See the highlights of the Accademia Gallery in Florence on a 1-hour tour with an art expert guide. Your guide focuses on sculptures by Michelangelo, especially his masterpiece: David. You’ll also see other works by Renaissance masters, quickly navigating the extensive collection with your guide. Save time at this popular attraction with included skip-the-line tickets.
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