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Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence

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View the artwork--including Michelangelo's famous David--inside Accademia di Belle Arti, an art academy founded in 1563. Marvel at the impressive size and detail of the David. Photos of the statue are not allowed, but outside the museum stands a replica that can be photographed. Apart from the David, the museum houses other, mostly religious, works of art. Buy tickets online to skip the queue. For Accademia di Belle Arti and beyond, use our Florence itinerary builder to get the most from your Florence vacation.
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  • I read many reviews that can be confusing: the David (and prisons, and all other masterpieces) are in the Gallery of the Academy not to be confused with the Academy of fine arts! The latter sees its roots in the Compagnia di San Luca (also known as painters) from which was to be born, in 1563, under the patronage of Cosimo I de Medici, and at the suggestion of Giorgio Vasari, the Academy of design that had among its purposes that of teaching of the arts and had as its first President Michelangelo Buonarroti. It was at the end of the 1,700 that Peter Leopold founded the Academy of fine arts which was intended to bring together all schools belonging to the design; contextually was created the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, which still operates globally for the dissemination of art. The Academy of fine arts is now a university level institution that welcomes students from all over the world, in addition to the educational plan, exhibitions of students, conventions, events.
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  • Accademia di Belle Arti is obligatory to visit! Went in the afternoon, promised there was no cashier queues. A small museum, 2 hours enough to show everything. But one is David! Basically all stand around him, all the other exhibits bypass quickly. very Interesting statue of "Slaves" by Michelangelo, and the statue of David-just gorgeous! And musical instruments! Ticket 12 euros. Recommend to everyone!
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  • The David, which is located in the Accademia, was the main attraction that I wanted to see during my visit to Florence. The David is fabulous and is awe inspiring. The other items that I enjoyed viewi...  more »
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  • Even if you are not an art enthusiast, seeing the David is a wonderful experience on its own. We had to wait more than 30 minutes to enter the museum, and it was mid October. Pre booking tickets online can save you som time.
  • Everything about this place is breathtaking the history, the artist, the statues, the art, the architecture, but the statue of David takes the cake. Words cannot describe the amount of detail that he has. They were shooting a video if it when we were there so no one was supposed to take pictures. I was able to get a couple of decent ones from my jacket.
  • 5 stars for David. 1 star for the rest. 8 Euros, just to see David (magnificent) and unfinished statues of Michelangelo. The rest of the paintings could be a part of Uffizi and there would be no need to visit 2 museums.
  • Seeing the statue in a photo no matter how wonderful is simply not sufficient to appreciate the majesty of Michelangelo's masterpiece...which was carved from a used piece of marble. The intensity of his gaze as he contemplates sending the stone on its journey to fell Goliath is really amazing and though the statue is 13 feel tall and completely marble you can practically see him breathing! If you want to avoid the long queue - please book your tickets online
  • The academy of fine arts could also be called the Michael Angelo museum because most of the art in there he made . We purchased the tickets from home and good thing we did ,the line to get in was around the block . When we arrived at the gate to validate our tickets there was a lot of commotion and some yelling and screaming . The people in front of us purchased tickets but didn't have proper identification to be accepted entrance . It appeared they purchased tickets for youth and their identification didn't support that. When we made it to ticket counter she asked the ages of our kids and I provided her with school id and passports . We were granted immediate access and it was well worth it ! The statue of David was remarkable as was the museum . If u make it to Florence u have to make it to this museum . It was worth it.