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Accademia Gallery Guided Tour with Private Guide

This tour represents un unforgettable experience visisting the world-wide famous Accademia Gallery in Florence which houses the Michelagelo's David.

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Duration: about 2 hours and 30'
Availability: from Tuesday to Sunday. This tour is not available on the first Sunday of each month, Christmas and New year’s Eve.
Tour Starting time: from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm, the choice of the time is up to the customer. From June to September, this tour is also available on Tuesday night.
Language: English or any other language.

 The Accademia Gallery Tour Itinerary

The Accademia Gallery is a very famous museum because it houses the best-known statue in the world, the imposing David by Michelangelo. The Gallery also hosts other masterpieces by this important artist. This is the reason why a guided tour to this museum can help the vistor to understand Michelangelo’s genius, especially his work as a sculptor. In the Accademia Gallery you can also admire the Prisoners, 4 unfinished sculptures by Michelangelo destined to adorn Pope Julius II tomb in Rome, the Pietà Palestrina and the Saint Matthew.

This tour lasts about 2 hours and 30'. The tour itinerary can be personalized according to any visitors’ special request.

The standard schedule usually includes a detailed explanation on Michelangelo's life, his history and his work in Florence and in Rome, his artistic evolution, his genius so well-represented at the Accademia Gallery by his numerous sculptural works.

In 1873, just after the Unification of Italy, the David was removed from Piazza Signoria and transported to the Accademia Gallery. 

In 1873, just after the Unification of Italy, the David was removed from Piazza Signoria and transported to the Accademia Gallery. Later it was replaced by a copy, while a bronze re-production was placed in Piazzale Michelangelo. The new acquistition led to the creation, in the Florentine museum, of a Tribuna where Michelangelo’s masterpiece would be worthly displayed.

The project by the architect Emilio De Fabris – who completed the Tribuna between 1872 and 1882 – provided for a room in the shape of a Latin cross, with a round skylight below which the David was to be placed. In 1875, two years after Michelangelo’s statue had entered the Accademia, the Tribuna (although still unfished) was chosen as the ideal place in which to display the great exhibition of reproductions of the artist’s works which was to celebrate the forth centennial of the artist’s birth. But in the early 20th century, the moulds of Michelangelo’s work left in the museum, surrounding the original David, began to seem inappropriate. It was decided to collect a group of original works by Michelangelo in the Accademia. In 1909 there arrived from other Florentine collections the Captives, until then displayed at the Boboli Gardens in Buontalenti’s Grotta, where they had been placed by Grand Duke Cosimo I, and the Saint Matthew, which had stood in the courtyard of the Fine Arts Academy. Then in the late Thirties came the Pietà from Palestrina which however is not certailny attributed to Michelangelo.

David Michelangelo Buonarroti


Our guides

Italy Travels tour guides staff is represented by licensed guides of great experience and high level of professionalism, competence and excellence on their job. All Italy Travels guides are authorized by the provincial administration of Florence and most of them are art historians and teachers in art subjects.

All private tours organized by Italy Travels always include pre-reserved museum tickets when museum tours are included in the tour itinerary. In this way visitors avoid waisting time waiting in line in front of museums ticket offices.

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Children under 6 years of age enter free. No ticket/reservation needed.

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