Founded in 1563, this art museum house the one of the finest collections of sculpture and painting in Florence. Its most famous piece is Micheangelo's David. Photography is not allowed so the sculptures here are the reproductions that are displayed in the Piazzas of Florence.
They come here in hordes; in droves; in mutlitudes. Thousands and thousands of tourists mob the doors of the Accademia every year to see what is possibly the world’s most famous sculpture. Michelangelo’s ‘David’ was carved from a enormous block of white marble from the alps of the Tuscan town of Carrara. If you take the train that runs between Pisa and the Cinque Terre, you’ll see the mountains it came from and deep, pale scars that mark their flanks from tons of stone carved away - and shipped away - to decorate the forums of Imperial Rome, the palaces and churches of the Renaissance, and is still quarried today.
Mike wasn’t the only one to have had his hands on the chunk. The stone had been originally purchased in the 15th century for one of a dozen sculptures intended to crown the buttresses of the Duomo, and had been badly hacked away at by at least two other sculptors before being abandoned for a quarter of a century. Finally completed in 1504, elevating the immense weight of the work to its intended place proved to be problematic so the decision was made to place it in front of Palazzo Vecchio instead. It stood there for 350 years - his challenging gaze purposely situated towards Rome - as a symbol of Florentine independence from papal and Medici family authority. It was moved into the gallery 1873 and a replica now stands on its former pedestal in the piazza.
The master of anatomical perfection had cleverly sculpted his piece with some slightly distorted features, such as an enlarged head, so that it would have appeared proportional when viewed from underneath a lofty perch on the church: it was never intended to be displayed as we see it today.
Compared to the Uffizi, the museum is surprising small and doesn’t take long to visit. Because the vast majority of tourists come simply for this one hunky chunk of marble, expect that area to be mobbed at all times but you may find some breathing room in other sections. It is predictably heavy on religious themes, and includes some of Michelangelo’s unfinished works plus paintings by notables such as Botticelli, Lippi, Ghirlandaio and Del Sarto.
Good things to know:
The gallery is closed on Mondays, New Year’s Day, May 1st and Christmas Day. See the website for hours.
Advance tickets (see the website) or passes are recommended during high and shoulder seasons
The gallery is fully handicapped accessible
Audio guides are available for an extra fee.
Photography, video filming and cell phone use is strictly prohibited. I managed my fuzzy shots with my itouch from behind a pillar when the guards were busy yelling at other snap-happy tourists.
Note: Passholders were let in approx. 15 minutes before other ticket-holders on the morning we were there so we got to see David for a few minutes in relative peace. I'm not sure this is true every day but if you have a pass, showing up a little before the opening hour is worth a shot.
Academia gallery is a fraud!...the entrance ticket costs the same as the uffizi galery and you have alot alot alot less to see. You can say that you pay €11 to see the David's statue...all together you have just a few rooms with paintings. An exception is the music room with very interesting material.
One of the rooms floor is a sliced big mirror where the ladies have alot of trouble hidding their panties if they are in a skirt! just unbelievable!
The two entering lines are a scheme to get money from you! Unlike almost every other italian museum where the normal line keeps going, at a slow pace, but going, in Academia they block the regular line even if there is nobody on the reservation line...just to make you change of line and buy exactly the same ticket for more €4 across the street!! Cousa nostra is making its way up...
So, overall, don't go unless you really have to see David's statue! Better to spend your money in uffizi.
First of all, get a reservation. I didn't even wait in line 2 minutes. I just walked right in past a very large line of those without reservations. Personally I feel it was worth paying a little extra to get more free time during the day.
Secondly, I would recommend skipping the audio guide. I found it to be a waste of 4 euro and time. There were little blurbs written below all of the paintings and you can eaves drop a bit while tours are talking about the David. Plus, while trying to listen to an awful narrator, I found I wasn't actually paying attention to and appreciating the actual art. So I gave up on it very quickly.
For reservations I went through www.weekendafirenze.com.
There is not much a hack like me can add to the volumes of things written about the David.
I do have a bit of advice about a great thing to do while you are there. Stand aside and look away from the David and watch peoples faces. You see the power of art change the emotions of people as you watch. The dynamics within groups and couples change as you watch. The very best people watching I have ever experienced.
Oh yea do not forget to look at the David!!
The Accademia is one of the most important museums in all of Italy with the Uffizi, also in Florence, being another one of the most important museums in all of Italy. Of course this is the home of the REAL David sculpture by Michaelangelo. But what is more facinating and perhaps lesser known is that it is also the home of his four nonfiniti "Slaves" or "Prisoners." Whether the master sculptor had meant for them to remain unfinished has been an ad nauseum point of debate. Regardless, the impact of the forms struggling to come alive from the rough forms of stone is absolutely incredible.
Not to be overlooked is the wonderful collection of paintings that is also housed in the museum. Another very famous and breathtaking sculpture not to be missed is Giambologna's Ratto delle Sabine or Rape of the Sabines. Absolutely amazing!!!
I highly recommend getting reservations ahead of time. Reservations are required and it is difficult to get them the day of when you want to visit. When I went, I called the first day I was there and got reservations for the next day. Depending on the time of year, it is better to call as much in advanced as possible. I also recommend getting there well in advance of your reservation because once your time is passed, you miss your chance.
RESERVATIONS: 055-294-883 (Mon-Fri 8:30am-6:30pm, Sat until 12:30pm) or at www.firenzemusei.it
HOURS: Tues-Sun 8:15am-6:50pm
(last admission is 30 minutes before closing)
Without a doubt, this museum is the definition of a "one-hit-wonder." Its saving grace is that the wonder is one of man's greatest artistic creations; Michelangelo's David. At almost 14 feet, this statue is an amazing creation. Just be aware that the statue is under renovation for the foreseeable future
Closed on Mondays!!
Entrance is 6.50 Euro
A visit to the Accademia is a must. A lot of people only go there to see the statue of David, but there is a lot more to see, inside the Accademia, and around that area. One of the places you should visit is the S. Marco church, located at the square with the same name, and also, right next to S. Marco, the oldest orphanage in europe, and the lovely square in front of the building.
To many, the only reason for visiting this museum is David, Michelangelo's David - THE original one. Admittedly, the same goes for me.
The lure of larger-than-life David is so strong that second to the Uffizi, the Galleria is perhaps the second most popular museum in all Florence after the over hyped Uffizi. This means looooong queues (see picture 2). To avoid wasting your time, reserve your tickets in advance, and the 3 euro extra is well worth it. I booked my advance ticket at the Uffizi ticket office the day itself, so getting into the Galleria was a zilch. Advance ticket holders use a different entrance and personnel are not so strict the timetables indicated in the ticket as long as it's valid for that day.
This important museum in Florence holds a wealth of art. But what draw the hordes is a giant nude statue carved out of a used black of carrara marble. The giant nude statue is none other than David, carved by Michelangelo Buonoratti. Carved between 1501 and 1507 and standing 17 feet tall, it is the quintessential rennaisance masterpiece. No other statue from that era is as readily recognized. It is perfection. And, anyone with an interest in art, art history or the Rennaisance must see it in person.
As lines can be long to get in, it is highly advisable to book tickets in advance. Though David is the star attraction. Michelangelos unfinished Slaves are here as well. Photography is not permitted, but some people do manage to sneak a shot. I am one of them, lol.
Founded in 1784 by the will of the Grand Duke Leopoldo of Lorena, the Galleria dell'Accademia had the goal to host a collection of antique and modern paintings and sculptures to make it easier for the students of the nearby Academy of Beau Arts to know and study them. Through time the Galleria became famous for its collection of the sculptures by Michelangelo and is enriched by the masterpieces of painting and sculpture by famous and less famous that have transformed Florence into one of the most important capitals of art. Without doubt the main atraction is Michelangelo masterpiece Il David, the sculpture was moved from Piazza della Signoria in 1873 to protect from damage. A replica was placed in the Piazza della Signoria in 1910.
Closed on Mon.
Admission: 10 euros.
Fundada en 1784 por el gran duque Leopoldo de Lorena, la galeria de la academia tuvo como finalidad ser la anfitriona de las pinturas modernas y esculturas para facilitar a los estudiantes de la academia de bellas artes su estudio. A través de los años la galeria llegó a ser famosa por sus colecciones de esculturas de Michelangelo y por obras maestras de pintura y esculturas menos famosas pero que transformaron Florencia en una de las capitales de arte mas importante. Sin duda la principal atracción de la galeria es el famoso David de Michelangelo, el cual llevaron a la academia en 1873 procedente de la plaza de la señora para protegerlo de daños. Una replica fue puesta en la plaza de la señora en 1910.
Cierra los lunes.
Precio: 10 euros.
Being naive, I thought that the Accademia was basically just a gallery that housed the statue of David; David is the main attraction, but there is much more. There are other unfinished pieces by Michaelangelo - (The Prisoners), there are paintings and even a section of musical instruments.
Take your time and stroll through the museum. There are some truly lovely paintings to see, then check out the musical instruments. It was interesting to see a Stradivarius close up, especially since recent news reports told of a musician who had misplaced his. Then follow the path of visitors and head to see Michaelangelo's works. As soon as you enter the hall, you can see David down way, but look at the others too. As you move closer, David becomes even more imposing a figure.
The statue itself is around 14 ft tall. It was carved out of a single block of marble, one that had been cast aside by other sculptors as unworkable. The details are incredible. From the look on his face to the veins in his hands, you know you aren't looking at just another sculpture. It is said that Michaelangelo prayed before he started, and it does seem that his prayers were answered.
You're not supposed to take pictures, but everyone was trying to sneak one in while the director was occupied.
Admission was Euro 6,50 and if you pre-book reservations, it's another Euro 4,00.
The only reason why we went there is to see famous David by Michelangelo, which is a true masterpiece. But there are a few other interesting paintings, sculptures and religious icons to take up your time.
No kind of photography is allowed there, and you will be yelled at if you sneak one.
Originally an academy of drawing, the gallery was transformed into a general arts academy in the 1760s. 20 years later Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo founded the nearby Galleria dell'Accademia with a collection of paintings from suppressed religious foundations, along with altarpieces from Florentine churches.
The Accademia's pièce de resistance is Michelangelo's David, the world's most famous sculpture, carved in 1504 when the artist was just 29 years old.
This Gallery is small but contains some of the greatest pieces that Michelangelo ever created. We were blown away by David as well as the unfinished sculptures by Michelangelo that line the hall going towards David. The gallery did a wonderful job in displaying David so that you could really take in the beauty of it.
The downside is that no photos are allowed (unless you sneak one like we did).
Be sure you reserve your tickets in advance-very easy to do just call the number and you will get a live person who will give you a time slot for the day you want to attend. You do not have to pay until you get there, it costs about 13 Euro per ticket (includes a 3 Euro reservation fee).