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Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

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Pay tribute to one of Italy's most renowned artists at Galleria dell'Accademia. Founded in the late 18th century as an art school, the museum features an extensive collection of Renaissance paintings and sculptures, most notably Michelangelo's "David" statue. Wander to the end of the main hall to admire the 6 m (20 ft) tall marble statue, as well as several other works by Michelangelo, or admire the beautiful Madonna and Child painting by Botticelli. The museum also features a collection of antique musical instruments. To visit Galleria dell'Accademia on your holiday in Florence, and find out what else Florence has to offer, use our Florence vacation builder.
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  • Large collection of works of art, the galleria is very important especially for those who want to see the David of Michelangelo. If you don't question, don't go in. Is expensive for those who have no interest in seeing it.
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  • Nice surprise: splendid exhibition! Fortunately we had the chance to discover this Gothic painter. A visit to the Galleria dell Accademia grows.
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  • Obviously the highlight is the David but other works are striking. Worth visiting.
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  • The museum is not very big. There isn't a lot to see aside from the statue of David. I'm hardly an art lover, but in my opinion, if you're in Florence, this is a must see; the museum is worth it just for the single statue. The detail in David was astounding. You can see that the muscles in his neck are tensed because his head is turned to the side, and you can see the veins in his arms... It's crazy.
  • Small museum that is easy to miss due to its unassuming entrance off a side street. You'll know you're at the right though by the long line of people waiting to get it. But hey, how often do you get the opportunity to see the Michelangelo's David. Pictures don't do the statue justice; see it in person.
  • This is where the original David is. You'll have to visit just to see that masterpiece. It's the best sculpture in the world and one of the top masterpieces by Michaelangelo. There are many other great collections, including many models that were used to make sculptures. It wouldn't take more than an hour to see the whole gallery.
  • Fantastic works of art in a small but full gallery. Most famously houses the original statue of David. Reserve tickets online the day before you come, as the line is easily 2 hours long, and pushy people will pester you to buy their tickets at 3 times the price. Bags are x-rayed as you enter, and you must pass through a metal detector. My bottle of soda wasn't allowed in, but I got it back when we left.
  • Let me tell you, that statue is BEAUTIFUL! I am slightly bitter at the fact that they have a whole other museum with a different entrance price JUST for the statue. Do not let anyone fool you there is nothing worth seeing in there and it is very small, with an extra room of normal religious art probably placed there to say it's not just a building with a statue. Sadly a must see in a life time however!