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. Plan your Galleria dell'Accademia visit and explore what else you can see and do in Florence using our Florence trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • Because it is a bit off the beaten path, it seems some people choose to skip seeing this...too bad!! Michelangelo's David is the finest work of sculpture I have ever seen. So real, so incredible, it i...  more »
  • Besides being there many magnificent paintings. .. When you arrive in front of the beauty of David trying a thrill! Not to be missed!
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  • Great to see David which is the main attraction, but also surprised by the other amazing paintings. The plaster cast room was amazing!  more »
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  • Experiencing Michelangelo's works in the flesh is incredible, but standing in front of David is truly surreal. I've seen this sculpture a thousand times in print, but standing in it's presence made me feel giddy as a school girl. We were there for one reason, which of course was David, but there was so much more to see, including several of Michelangelo's unfinished statues, which lined the corridor. Unfinished and perfect, exactly as they were. It felt as if we had walked right into his personal workshop, and Mike had merely stepped away for lunch. All that was missing was a chisel, hammer, and pile of marble on the floor. Oh, and Michelangelo, of course. Galeria da Academia had other beautiful works throughout, but to be honest, if there had been nothing else in the building, I would have still been ecstatic to be there.
  • You think you have seen it all and then... There is nothing in my opinion that compares with the statue of David. It's sublime and it's position at the end of the viewing gallery takes your breath away.. Up close its as perfect as Michelangelo could have made it during the 3 years it took to create. When you go you won't be disappointed.
  • We went specifically to see David. We are not huge art lovers but I was pleasantly surprised with the different types of art on display. Even someone without an eye for art can appreciate all of the statues and beauty. And of course...it was AMAZING to see The David in person!
  • The original statue of David is located here. It is amazing in its own right. I went on the first Sunday of the month which makes admission free. I give it two stars because of the gift shop staff. They were talking very rudely about visitors in Italian. Spanish being my first language, I understood a good portion of what they were saying which was not good. And it wasn't just 1, it was all 3 of them.
  • You're pretty much here for the statue of David which when you see it up close is like being starstruck. It's about a 20 min wait for firenze card holders, a little longer for those without. they also have a instrument gallery with a Stradivarius which is cool and an area to show off the casts and plaster to make some statues. Overall it's small gallery but just the see David is worth it.

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