Michelangelo's David

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Top 5 facts about Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo's masterpiece is one of the world's most recognizable sculptures. Located at Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze, tours of the museum reveal a defining moment in Renaissance art – but there's a fascinating history behind David too!

  • He was commissioned for the Florence Cathedral

    1. He was commissioned for the Florence Cathedral

    Originally intended to stand among other stone sculptures on the cathedral's roof, the 6-ton statue was too heavy to raise. It was placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio instead.

  • Michelangelo was the third sculptor to work on him

    2. Michelangelo was the third sculptor to work on him

    The sculpture was started by Agostino di Duccio in 1463, before work briefly continued under a soon-fired Antonio Rossellino. Michelangelo was employed to finish the work in 1501.

  • He glares towards Rome

    3. He glares towards Rome

    David's confident stare is directed towards Firenze's strongest rival -- Rome. The city was one of many neighboring powers that threatened the Republic of Florence's sovereignity.

  • He was bricked up during World War II

    4. He was bricked up during World War II

    David was wrapped in cloth and entombed in brick as part of Italian efforts to protect their historic artworks from bomb damage. Michelangelo's Moses received the same treatment!

  • His toes were broken with a hammer

    5. His toes were broken with a hammer

    In 1991 Piero Cannata attacked the statue with a hammer he'd concealed under his jacket, breaking the second toe of the left foot. Police described the 47-year-old as "deranged."

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Galleria dell'Accademia is open between 8:15AM and 6:50PM from Tuesday to Sunday.

  • How to get there?

    The Galleria dell'Accademia can be easily reached by many different bus routes to the stops Ss. Annunziata - Istituto Degli Innocent, Piazza di San Marco, San Marco Rettorato, or Cavour. Michelangelo's David is located in the museum's Hall of the Prisoners.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tues - Sun: 8:15AM - 6:50PM
  • Is it expensive?
    Around 15 Euros. Price varies whether you book online or purchase at the ticket office.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not necessarily, but consider this... is there anything better in the world than an enthusiastic Italian tour guide?
  • How to get there
    Florence is rather walkable so you easily go there by foot. Numerous bus lines also stop in front of the Galleria.
  • Additional information
    Make sure to pre-book your tickets! The David is an especially popular attraction.

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What people are saying about Michelangelo's David

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,520 reviews

Our host My Green Tours in Florence led by our guide Safe helped us enjoy and unlock secrets of the Academia Gallery we never would have discovered on our own. Very informative and engaging interactive experience that we're glad we booked.

Very good but you still have to line up to redeem the voucher so it's not really a "skip the line" experience. Also the process of acquiring the ticket at the location is confusing.

The procedure for collecting the reserved tickets was very well described. Not having to queue in front of the ticket office was a huge advantage.

Its a must have for who likes arts, i dont, so nothing amazing, just some paintings and estatues

Absolutely phenomenal and 100% worth the time and money