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Michelangelo's David

Colossal in its fame and size, Michelangelo’s masterpiece is a symbol of strength and beauty.

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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: Accademia Gallery and David Guided Walking Tour

2. Florence: Accademia Gallery and David Guided Walking Tour

Get an insider's view of one of Florence's most notable museums on a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery. See Michelangelo's iconic statue of David and skip the lines with your guide. Enter the Accademia through a separate entrance with your guide and begin your guided tour. Learn the rich history and culture of Florence. Pass by famous works of art until you reach the Accademia's most iconic treasure, Michelangelo's David.  As you marvel at the legendary works, listen to your guide will fill you in on interesting and lesser-known facts about the art. Learn why David is the most recognizable symbol of Florence and what it meant to the Republic of Florence when it was created.

Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio App

3. Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio App

Do not miss the chance to explore one of the most famous museums in the world in a completely independent way, with audio commentary from an interactive and easy to use app! You can not leave Florence without visiting the Accademia Gallery and thanks to your skip-the-line ticket and your user-friendly app you will enjoy the numerous masterpieces found within. Immerse yourself completely in Michelangelo’s art, the genius of the Renaissance, discovering his most renowned works of art such as ''I Prigioni'' and ''San Matteo'' and the “Palestrina Pietà.” As you explore, use your app on your smartphone to learn about the famous works and familiarize yourself with the masters. If you also want to explore the city, choose the walking tour option and follow your English- speaking guide. Admire amazing places such as the monuments in Duomo Square, Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and the amazing Oltrarno district.

Florence: Guided City Walking Tour with Accademia and Uffizi

4. Florence: Guided City Walking Tour with Accademia and Uffizi

Step into Florence, the world's most beautiful open-air museum. Uncover the history of the Eternal City with a local guide and stroll through the halls of the Uffizi and Accademia galleries with skip-the-line tickets. Marvel at the works of Michelangelo and Botticelli. Follow your local guide and hear all the captivating stories behind the main monuments of the historical center. Discover the rivalries and plots of Florence's dominant families such as the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici. Head to the Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo's iconic David. Skip the lines with the express security check and explore the gallery. Slip into the past as your guide provides insightful details and facts about each work. Continue to the Uffizi Gallery and benefit from express entry once again. Here, admire timeless art by Renaissance masters, like Primavera and the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, the Dukes of Montefeltro by Piero della Francesca, Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, and Tondo Doni by Michelangelo.

Florence: Entry to Accademia, Uffizi & Brunelleschi’s Dome

5. Florence: Entry to Accademia, Uffizi & Brunelleschi’s Dome

Embark on a journey through art history with a visit to the Accademia Gallery, the Uffizi Gallery, and Brunelleschi’s Dome, three must-see attractions in Florence. Take in works by Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli, then visit the most important piece of Renaissance architecture in the city. Move through the three attractions as you wish and in your own time, without the stress of a tour group or a guide. Spend as much time as you like at each, and gain a deeper appreciation for the cultural and historical heritage of Florence. Begin your self-guided tour by picking up guides from the local representative, which will allow you to learn all about the impressive artworks on display. Enter the Accademia Gallery and get the lowdown on masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more. Marvel at the expansive collection of Renaissance artwork at the Uffizi Gallery by the likes of Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Take in world-renowned masterpieces such as Fra Angelico’s “Coronation of the Virgin”, Caravaggio’s “Medusa”, and Botticelli's “Birth of Venus”. Explore the wonders of Brunelleschi's Dome, a symbol of Florence and of the Renaissance itself. Admire Zuccari and Giorgio Vasari's frescoes, and enjoy views over Florence at the summit. Finish with a visit to the Baptistery, the Opera del Duomo Museum, and the Crypt of Santa Reparata.

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

6. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Small-Group Tour

Depart from Rome to the Northern province of Tuscany for a full-day tour to the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, crossing the green valley of the Tiber River to the slopes of the Apennines, passing the vineyards of Chianti before your arrival in Pisa. See “Piazza dei Miracoli” with its famous Leaning Tower and visit the Baptistery and the “Duomo”, all in shining white marble. At 12:00 PM depart toward Florence, the legendary city of artists and architects from the 14th to 17th centuries. Stop for lunch. At 02:30 PM meet with your professional guide for a walking tour of Florence. Once in the city center, you can breathe the atmosphere of medieval streets and craftsmen’s workshops and see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli, including Michelangelo’s David at the “Accademia”. See the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its beautiful dome projected by Brunelleschi and admire the Baptistery as well as Giotto’s Bell Tower. The tour ends with a breathtaking view from “Piazzale Michelangelo”, a superb panoramic view of the Tuscan capital, including “Ponte Vecchio”, Arno River and the “Duomo”. Then, back to Rome.

Florence: Accademia, Uffizi, and Duomo Guided Tour

7. Florence: Accademia, Uffizi, and Duomo Guided Tour

Admire the must-see art masterpieces of all time held in the greatest museums of the city along with treasures kept inside one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. Your guide will lead you first to the Accademia Gallery for total immersion in the art of Michelangelo. See his most renowned work “David”, and other important pieces such as ''I Prigioni'', ''San Matteo'', and “Palestrina Pietà”. Then, follow your guide inside the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous art galleries in the world. Here you can admire numerous works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio, and many others. Among the precious exhibition halls of the Gallery, you can see the most renowned works by Botticelli, "Primavera" and "Birth of Venus". Finally, after a break, you will reach Duomo square ready to admire the interior of the Cathedral. Once inside the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, you will be immediately struck by the elegance of the spaces of the three naves. Enjoy the beauty of the splendid marble choir of Bandinelli, the complexities of the stained-glass windows by Donatello, Ghiberti, and Andrea del Castagno, and the clock by Paolo Uccello. You will be also surprised to be able to walk on a marvelous, tile mural-like “carpet” of polychrome marbles. Then, looking up, witness the immense precious interior of the Dome entirely frescoed by Vasari. Brunelleschi's famous Dome is the largest ever built in masonry fashion and the incomparable icon of Renaissance architecture.

Florence: Accademia Gallery Private Guided Tour

8. Florence: Accademia Gallery Private Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in the world of Michelangelo Buonarotti while exploring the museum with a guide. Admire the works of Florentine masters from the 13th-century to the height of the Renaissance, and marvel at the David by Michelangelo. Learn about the difficult fate of David's creation, and why this statue is considered one of the acmes not only of the Renaissance, but also of human genius in general. Walking through the halls of the museum, discover the history of the creation of Michelangelo's "Prisoners" - the unfinished sculptures intended to adorn the tomb of Julius 2. In addition, see the masterpieces of Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Giambologna. Visit the wonderful Museum of Musical Instruments, which contains the world-famous Stradivarius violins as well as the world's first piano.

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

9. Florence: Uffizi and Accademia Skip-the-Line Gallery Tour

Begin with a stroll to the Uffizi Gallery. Admire the Palazzo Medici, the Baptistery, the Duomo, and Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy the sight of Palazzo Vecchio; here you will discover an open-air museum with various architectural masterpieces.At the Uffizi Gallery, your knowledgeable guide will explain the works of the greatest artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, with paintings by Giotto, Masaccio, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Rafael.Finally, visit Academia Gallery. Immerse yourself in Michelangelo’s art, including his most famous work, the Statue of David. After the guided tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the gallery on your own.

From Rome: Day Trip to Florence with Lunch & Accademia Entry

10. From Rome: Day Trip to Florence with Lunch & Accademia Entry

Embark on a day out in Florence on this guided trip. See the Piazzale Michelangelo, visit the Accademia Gallery, and enjoy an authentic Italian lunch complete with delicious local wines. Your guide will pick you up directly from your hotel and whisk you off in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan. Sit back, relax, and watch the impressive Italian landscape and rolling hills pass you by. Avoid the steep walk up to your first stop of the day, the Piazzale Michelangelo, and get dropped off right in the middle of the square. Surrounded by several Michelangelo replicas, from here you can truly absorb this historical city. Next, visit the Accademia Museum, where you can admire Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpieces, including David himself. Your guide will also be on hand to answer any questions about the other impressive artworks on display, including those of Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli. Continue your trip with a walking tour of the city center, then settle down for a light Italian lunch made from local produce. Savor some local wines with your lunch and soak up the atmosphere of the city. Finally, make your way back to Rome in air-conditioned comfort.

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What people are saying about Michelangelo's David

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,130 reviews

Super easy to pick up tickets and entry into museum. We had a 9:15 entry time. The earlier time seemed much better. As we were leaving later in the morning, the line to get vouchers redeemed for tickets was much longer.

Went super smooth. No need to show up early. Arrive a few min before your time slot to change your voucher into tickets and line up for your time row. Inside it was not too busy and they have clean washrooms.

Relatively fuss-free. If you are unsure about where to go and which queue you ought to line up at, just ask the staff.

Totally worth it to go see, even more impressive than I originally thought. Definitely a must see!

Very glad we were able to get this timed pass and didn’t have to wait on line!