Florence Accademia Gallery tour

See Michelangelo's Iconic Statue of David at the Accademia in Florence

Type: Shared and private tour options available
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Availability: Daily, except Mondays

 

Highlights of the Accademia Gallery, the works of Michelangelo (including his statue of David) and many other famous artists

The Accademia di Belle Arti ("Academy of Fine Arts") is an art academy in Florence and has housed the original David by Michelangelo since 1873.

Our Accademia Gallery tour is available in both small-group and private tour formats and allows you to get up close to the original statue of David and learn all about its fascinating history. At the gallery, you can also enjoy the many other famous art works, including many beautiful and intriguing sculptures.

As well as the expertise of a knowledgable guide, who will tell you all about the gallery and its masterpieces, you will be able to stay in the gallery after the tour to enjoy the displays at your own pace.

If you have booked a holiday to Florence with us and would like to add this tour to your package, please contact your personal travel adviser on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500.

 

About Michelangelo's David

This iconic sculpture was allegedly brought to the Accademia for reasons of conservation, although other factors were involved in its move from its previous outdoor location on Piazza della Signoria as one of the original intentions was to create a 'Michelangelo museum', with original sculptures and drawings, to celebrate the fourth centenary of the artist's birth.

Today, the gallery's small collection of Michelangelo's work includes his four unfinished Prisoners, intended for the tomb of Pope Julius II, and a statue of Saint Matthew, also unfinished. In 1939 these were joined by a Pietà discovered in the Barberini chapel in Palestrina, though experts now consider its attribution to Michelangelo to be dubious.

Among the notable Renaissance works on display are an outstanding collection of 15th and 16th century Florentine paintings by Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli and Andrea del Sarto and, from the High Renaissance, Giambologna's original plaster for the Rape of the Sabine Women. As well as a number of Florentine Gothic paintings, the gallery houses the idiosyncratic collection of Russian icons assembled by the Grand Dukes of the House of Lorraine, of which Leopoldo was one.

On this Florence Accademia tour, our expert guide will lead you around the museum for an in depth look at the many masterpieces and the history behind them.


If you would like to book this tour or you would like us to arrange any customised tour for you, please call one of our dedicated team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500 or Click here to send us an enquiry.