David Statue, Florence
There are 3 places where David is placed in Florence:
1. Accademia dell'Arte del Disegno
This is the real version of it, the statue is mesmerizing and shockingly impressive. It's worth all the hype, walk to the museum, getting lost while looking for it and standing in line to get in.
2. Piazzale Michelangelo
Bronze copy of David is placed right in the center of the hill and besides the statue there are just gorgeous views of the city, bridges, cathedrals and Tuscan hills.
3. Piazza della Signoria
Yes another copy standing in front of Palazzo Vecchio entrance.
Basically, this museum is worth it only because of the statue of David. Of course this is the opinion of a person who isn't an expert in art and classifies it just by 'it's beautiful'/ 'it's not beautiful', so I'm sure there must be other points of interest.
David is beautiful!! And for this reason one cannot miss it while in Florence. No pictures allowed - and they are very strict with this, so try your luck from a little bit more far like I did ;-)
I didn't make ticket reservations and there was no line (I went there in august), but everyone told me it's always pretty crowded so maybe I was just lucky.
It also has a very nice souvenir shop, with lots of funny and interesting things to buy- I bought all my Florence souvenirs there.
This statue standing in Piazza della Signora is not Michaelangelo's David but is actually a copy of the masterpiece. Still, the statue still catches one's attention and is very much photographed by many people visiting the square.
To find the original David, go to Galleria della Accademia and you will see him and other priceless works. The original David was brought there because it was damaged after some riot
2003 : The real statue of David is at Galleria dell'Accademia. The other copies (although good) are scattered around Firenze but come on, you have to go see the real one. It's interesting to see how they are trying to give him a "bath" without further damaging the marble.
2007 : David is now clean!
My biggest piece of advice is to make reservations. It definately helps.
We had reservations for 9:30am. Unfortunately when we got to there we saw a sign on the door that said the museum wouldn't open until 11am because of a "meeting" which we were told was code for strike. We left, got a coffee and when we returned at 11am there was an enormous line. We stood in line for about 20 minutes until we saw a group of people crowded around the door clearly ignoring the 50 or so people waiting in line. At this point I decided to either try to get in or leave it for the next day. We walked to the front of the crowd to the person working the front entrance. I showed him my 9:30 reservation and he shook his head, told us to step aside while at the same time allowing a tour group in. After a couple of minutes he let us in. Normally I'm not that pushy but it was 11:30 and our reservations were for 9:30 so I don't think we were way out of line. So you're probably wondering why I recomend reservations. Well, because I still think it got us inside faster and it really made a difference at the Uffizi. And you can't predict strikes.
The Galleria dell'Accademia isn't that big. The first thing you see is David. The detail of the statue is amazing. The piece of marble that Michelagelo used was considered damaged. Other artists including Leonardo Da Vinci were unable to make anything out of the stone. What is even more interesting is to look at the pieces of Michelangelo's unfinished work nearby and compare them with David. You get a true sense of the skill it takes to create something so perfect from a single block of marble.
This was definately a must see and I'm glad I didn't pass it up.
Bathroom note: The main bathrooms are downstairs near the exit and it's usually crowded. But before you get to the main bathrooms there is a single bathroom just off to the side with a small sign. This is for seniors or handicapped people but if there is no one around it's fine to use otherwise let them go ahead of you.
A visit to Florence is not complete without see David - one of Michaelangelo's masterpiece. This outdoor giant replica overlooking the Arno River and city of Florence is the most accessible and full of tour buses. The original marble David is only 13 feet 5 inches and is housed indoor at the Academy and requires queueing time to view.
See David! This is a must even for those that don't take a keen interest in art. It really is remarkable. Make sure you make reservations for the Museum and try to do it early in the morning otherwise all you'll remember is the horrid wait!!
See the copy of the David in the Piazza della Signoria.
One of my absolute favourite works of Michelangelo is The David, which is a marble sculpture made between 1501 to 1504. The statue was commissioned for the cathedral of Florence, but the Florentine government decided to place it in front of the Palazzo Vecchio instead. The original is now in the Accademia, and a copy has been placed in the Piazza della Signoria.
Spend time looking at the fine details in the David. Michelangelo is known to have done some (illegal) disecting and I think you can see so clearly that he knew how the viens and muscles were attached and how they worked - it is wonderful how he makes such details so clear and such a part of his work.
.... just look at the fine details in this sculpture! Although some say the hands are too big.
This amazing man - Michelangelo - was also a writer of poetry. His poem for Vittoria Colona is so beautiful. He really is the face of the Renaissance for me.
For a guy who is 500 years old, David is in remarkable shape! Seriously, this is for me the most breathtaking work of art ever created. We can thank the Florence Wool Merchant Guild of 1501 for commissioning this work. Legend has it that Michelangelo started with a huge block of marble that another artist had given up as unworkable decades before.
My wife and I spent hours staring at this statue. Notice the veins in the hands, the combination of relaxation and tension in the figure.
When Michelangelo finished the work in 1504, the reaction was so positive that the statue was placed in front of the town hall (the Palazzo Vecchio) rather than in the cathedral it was commissioned for.
The figure of David is clearly a beloved work for the people of Florence-- you will find several other versions around the city. This one, in the Galleria dell'Accademia, is the original that once stood outside the Palazzo Vecchio.
This statue of David is a copy of Michelangelo's most famous sculpture. The original one from 1504 can be found in the Galleria dell'Accademia. The sculpture was commissioned by the city for Piazza della Signoria, but it was moved to the Accademia for safe-keeping in 1873.
There are three statues of David in Florence. Of course, only one of them is the original. This one, in the Galleria dell'Accademia, is the REAL original one from 1504, a colossal 5.2m (17ft) nude of the biblical hero who killed the giant Goliath. The scultpure was commissioned by the city for Piazza della Signoria, but it was moved to the Accademia for safe-keeping in 1873. A copy now stands in its original position and a third is on Piazzale Michelangelo.
David is a famous resident of Florence. The original Cararra marble David is now housed in L'Accademia museum. L'Accademia has a no frills entrance. I didn't even know I was in it for a couple of minutes.
David is the centerpiece of this museum. Other interesting works surround him but he is definitely the man of the hour. He is quite sumptous.
A copy of David in its original location sits outside the Palazzo Vecchio. When I was there he was surrounded by scaffolding.
A third bronze David is on the other side of the Arno at the Piazzale Michelangelo. This is a steep walk up the hill but a fun look at local Florentine life.
pictures cannot be taken in this museum... even with my small camera phone.. alot of museum workers walk around the area to reprimand anyone who attempts to take a photo... anyway, it is worth seeing MichaelAngelo's David... Overwhelming...
On the terrace of the Palazzo Vecchio facing the Piazza della Signoria are Donatello's 'Judith and Holofernes' (1456-57), a copy of Michelangelo's 'David' (1504) the original that once stood there is now in the Accademia and 'Hercules and Cacus' (1534) by Baccio Bandinelli.
While statues of David can be found in several places in Florence, the real deal is only in one place; the Accademia Museum.
When Michaelangelo finished this magnificent piece of work, he was really nervous about the reception that he would get. He moved David out to the middle of Piazza Vecchia in the dead of night. In the morning he was delighted to find notes of congratulations and praise affixed to David.
It was as recent as 1873 that David was moved indoors, to be protected from the elements. A replica stands in the Piazza, adorned with pigeons and pigeon droppings. You will also find more replicas in the big Piazza on the hill (Piazzelli Michaelangelo), along with copies of other of the artists works.