We had one day to do the Accademia and the Uffizi. And we made the wrong choice I think doing the Accademia first.
Yes, the real David is splendid. And it is great to be able to walk behind him and see his bum.
And the four unfinished Michelangelos - The Prisoners - struggling to escape from the stone as the soul struggles to escape from the body - are wonderful.
Then there is a room of quite inferior bits and bobs of sculpture, a lovely little room of early religious art and .... oh yes, a travelling exhibition of amusing musical instruments made of marble or shaped like dragons.
We got our 10 euro worth - we didn't feel dudded - but you could cap off an exhausting day by popping through the Accademia - no need to be fresh for it.
Again, since September busy tourist month, best to book tickets for Galleria dell'Accademia as soon as your arrive in Florence if not earlier. Fortunately, our travel person had pre-booked a half day city tour with a local guide that included entrance to the Galleria. Whereas we entered almost immediately, there was a long line of people awaiting general admission.
'David" is definitely worth a visit, and must say, upon entering the room at one end, where "David" located, and seeing statue standing alone, highlighted at the other end of the room, you 'felt' the impact of first view. I simply said, "Wow!" out loud.
Unfortunately, no photos allowed, and I honored our guide's request (more so than the museum's.) Of course, flashes were going off anyway from large guided groups despite museum personnel's adament announcements about no photos. There is an option that I will mention in my next tip!
One of the most popular places to visit in Florence, this has much of the famous Florentine art including the collection of instruments from the Medici family. It is also where the original David by Michelangelo is located. Unfortunately photography is prohibited so the photo here is a replica located elsewhere.
One of the most popular museums in Florence, the Gallery houses many sculptures by Michelangelo, including the famous David.
This Gallery was founded in 1784 by the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo, who decreed that all the schools of painting should be joined together in a single Academy.
Opening times: Tuesday - Sunday from 8.15 to 18.50
closed Mon and holidays
Ticket: Euro 6,50
Go to Galleria Accademia to see the REAL David. The art is amazing in the museum but walking around the corner and seeing David at the end of the hall is breathtaking. I would put it highly on things to do in Florence while you are there. We only had 3 days in Florence and it was a MUST! I would suggest getting there early or going on a Sunday when the lines are not that long. You are not allowed to take photos in the museum but they do have a small gift shop in the entrance and also one when leaving.
The line to get in is very long. So i would recommend buying a ticket in advance. You can do that at the Museum or online. The Galleria is home to Michelangelo's David. I'm an art lover, but I have to say, I found it hard to be awe-struck by the David when I was in a city surrounded by such magnificent sculptures. However, he is impressive in his realism, and shear size.
The Dell'Academia was built as a school where students could study the work of the masters. You'll find an abundance of religious artwork here.
10 euros gets you into the museum. After a modest entrance, the second room house's the David! take a quick pic from here, and make sure it's a good shot, because by the time you take the second, the lady 'guard' claps her hands!!! "no camera's!!" i tried to sneak in another but it almost got me thrown out.
note: there is the entrance doors...and then the exit doors...lets just say you can get in easily...without paying...
also, there is literally no line after 3:00pm
If you have not read The Agony and the Ecstacy, then I strongly recommend the book by Irving Stone--terrific. Then go to the Accademia to see David and walk over to the house where Michelangelo lived, Casa Buonarroti . Reading the book will make it all so much more real and exciting.
If someone asked me what the one thing to see in Florence was, I'd say the statue of David. I'm not a big art person, but the details in David and some of the other works in the Gallery are incredible. The entire gallery is one of my favorite museums in the world. It's not large so there's no art overkill and the work on display will impress the most jaded art critic.
Be sure to make a reservation. Otherwise, you'll be stuck in a long line surrounded by vendors selling tourist junk. Reservations can be made online easily, though may add a few euros to your ticket price. But, honestly, it's worth it.
Warning for Backpackers: Packs are not allowed in the gallery and there's no place to lock them up. So leave them at your hostel/hotel or in the train station's lockers before you go.
the accademia (academy) of fine arts was founded in 1563 as a school to learn the techiques of drawing, painting, and sculpture. the most famous work in the gallery is the original michelangelo's "david". another michelangelo work on display is "quattro prigioni". the gallery's collection also includes works by bartolomeo, filippino lippi, bronzino, and sandro botticelli.
A visit to the Galleria dell' Accademia is essential whilst in Florence as this is where Michelangelo's David is on display. We went early morning and there was a buzz in the street outside the Accademia as the crowd were showing their excitement to see this magnificent statute.
Upon entry we were treated to an abundance of treasures as we worked our way around the museum. There are other works by Michangelo, some large but unfinished statutes, others broken, but because they are by Michangelo they are on display.
David is something to see, it stuns you when you gain your first sight, you wonder how he could chisel something so large and beautiful with the tools available. I do not have a photo and this must be due to cameras not being allowed, however my wife bought 2 postcards for our album.
In the summer time you may have to wait in line for a bit to get into the Galleria dell' Accademia. I think my friends and I waited for about 30minutes - we were lucky, I've heard of lines being much longer. I think the main reason anyone will go to the Galleria dell' Accademia is to see the famous statue of 'David' by Michelangelo.
The statue originally stood in the Piazza della Signoria, but was moved to the galleria to keep it safe. A replica now stands in its former space. There is also another replica in the Piazzale Michelangelo. The most noticeable thing about David is that he is not correctly proportioned. His head and hands are significantly larger than other areas of his body. David took three years to create, Michelangelo completing him in 1504. The statue is on a pedestal and you are able to walk around him and view him from every angle.
Inisde the galleria there are also some 15th-16th Century Florentine paintings by artists such as Paolo Uccello and Sandro Botticelli. The majority of the artworks are religious and the gallery itself is not very extensive, but there are a few nice pieces there.
Adult: EUR 7
Tuesday-Sunday: 8:15am - 6:50pm
You found him! David is at the Galleria dell'Academia. When you see this colossus of a man, your first thoughts will be ' i'ts big, big hands, or nice butt'!! its all true it is over 5 meters tall!! I never imagined him to be so big. And the hands, well either the golden boy got it wrong, or there is some hidden message going on in those big hands!! Oh, the nice butt bit is right too!
Visitors from all over the world come here to gaze upon Michelangelo's David, the most famous nude male in the history of art (my Italian friends swear that Michelangelo was gay and that David is the image of his perfect man).
Several other masterpieces by Michelangelo including The Prisoners are housed here. Michelangelo was twenty-five years old when in 1501 he started to work on the statue of David. It took three years to complete and when finished it was the largest sculpture since the Roman period, standing 4 meters and 10 centimeters in height. The statue is the symbol of Renaissance virile beauty and now the object of particular devotion by tourists from all over the world.
The academy of fine arts, founded in 1563, was the first school established in Europe specifically to teach the techniques of drawing, painting and sculpture. The art collection displayed here was formed in 1784 to provide students with material to study and copy.
The most famous work is Michelangelo's "David" (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 second is on Piazzale Michelangelo.
Michelangelo's other masterpieces here include the "Quattro Prigioni" (the Four Prisioners), sculpted between 1521 and 1523. The Accademia also contains an important collection of paintings by 15th-16th century Florentine artists such as Filippino Lippi, Fra Batolomeo, Bronzino and Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio.
Unfortunately, photo's are not allowed inside but many people (including myself) take a chance of taking a quick pic of David.