The Accademia Gallery
The David: Michelangelo’s majestic masterpiece
The Accademia Gallery was founded in 1784 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena. His aim was to gather together all the painting and drawing school of Florence in one only big Academy that enshrines all the work of arts used by art students to practice and exercise.
Over the years the Academy filled with a huge amount of paintings and statues and it changed several times its collections until, in 1827, it experienced a huge breakthrough with the arrival of the real David made by Michelangelo. From that year, the Academy was rearranged with a different purpose: be introduced to the public as a Michelangelo museum.
This guided itinerary in the Accademia Gallery will allow you to admire the David, known to be a Renaissance masterpiece but will also give you the chance to understand the special techniques and stories behind the creation of other Michelangelo’s statues, here kept.
This is just a short presentation of what we can see together if you book this tour but I don’t want to reveal too much!
- The Accademia Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 08.15 am to 06.50 pm
- Ticket price is 12,50 € but it can change in case of special events and exhibitions. The entrance is free for everyone the first Sunday of each month and always for Italian and European citizen under 18 or over 65 years old.
- It’s possible and recommended a reservation of 4 €, in addition to the cost of the entrance ticket, in order to avoid the long queues to get into the museum especially during high seasons.