The Accademia Gallery - Home Of Michelangelos Statue of David

A First Time Visitors Briefing With Practical Information Including Times & Ticketing

Accademia Gallery Florence Entrance
Accademia Gallery Entrance

Accademia Gallery Florence - Official Web Site

The Accademia Gallery is one of the top 5 "must see" attractions for the first time visitor to Florence. On of two galleries under this heading, the other is the nearby Uffizi Gallery.

The Accademia Gallery is a former hospital from the 14th century, then an Academy of Fine Arts, it houses “David”, the absolute masterpiece by Michelangelo, a must for all visitors of Florence. Sculpted between 1501-1504 to be an outside decoration of the Cathedral of Florence, it became instead a symbol of the commitment of the Florentine State to freedom and independence.

The Accademia Gallery is located on the northern edge of the historic city centre of Florence around the Piazza Di San Marco and was at one time two convents. The Accademia Gallery is about 500m north from the Duemo and about 1000m north of the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio at the southern edge of the historic centre.


As stated above a visit to the Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia) is dominated by one artwork in particular - Michelangelos staggering statue of David, carved from a single block of marble.

The statue originally stood in the Piazza della Signoria, but was moved to this more protected environment in 1873. A copy now stands in the piazza.

Also here are Michelangelo's muscular Prisoner statues

The holdings comprise mostly religious paintings by major artists working in and around Florence between the mid-13th and the late 16th centuries. The collection is especially important for its gold-ground paintings.

There is also a collection of sculptures in plaster by the 19th-century sculptors Lorenzo Bartolini and Luigi Pampaloni and a collection of old musical instruments.

Independent Visits To The Accademia Gallery - Practical Information

Because of its very central location the independently minded visitor has no problem visiting at a time and pace of their choosing. The only real factor to consider is potential waiting times to enter the gallery.

Note: The Accademia Gallery is closed on Mondays

On other days you can obtain admission tickets between 08:15 to 17:00

On Tuesdays, because of the Monday closing expect even more demand than normal. Afternoons is normally quieter and in the summer there may be late night openings.

How long your visit takes is a personal thing, for most people its going to be 30-90 minutes depending on your degree of interest in the subject matter. If you are doing both Accademia and Uffiizi, in one day the Uffizi Gallery is much larger and those with a keen interest will need to put aside 3-4 hours for the Uffuzi.

There may be special exhibitions that may have a separate admission charge.

Audio guides are available in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese and are not included in the standard admission charge.

The museum has no cloakroom. Visitors with large bags and rucksacks, helmets, etc. will not be admitted.

There are two museum shops, one at the entrance and another at the exit of the museum.


You are strongly advised to purchase tickets well in advance from the official web site, banner link below, at peak times the gallery can be sold out a couple of days ahead..

When you purchase tickets you have to select a 15 minute time window within which you will seek entrance.

Florence Accademia Gallery Tickets

Guided Tours Including Accademia Gallery

The standard admission ticket is just that an entrance ticket. You can purchase an audio guide at the gallery that costs about half the price of the admission ticket.

The alternative is to have a human guide show you around so you don't miss the best bits and are fully informed at what you are looking at.

Skip the Line: Florence Accademia Gallery Guided Tour

A simple proposition: meet your guide at the entrance of Accademia Gallery and be escorted directly into the gallery skipping the lines and commencing an authoritative 75 minute guided tour of the gallery.

Pre-booked skip the line tickets are of course included and after the tour has finished you can stay inside the museum for as long as you wish.

Florence Accademia Gallery Guided Tour

Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour

Explore Florence's two must-visit art museums – the Accademia and Uffizi galleries.

Start with a morning skip-the-line access and 75 minute guided tour of the Accademia Gallery and then spend four hours at leisure either spending more time in the gallery or strolling around the city before your next tour.

In the late afternoon, skip the lines of the Uffizi Gallery, and explore the highlights on a 90 minute walking tour. Again you are free to explore independently after the tour has completed.

Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour

Skip the Line: Small Group Accademia Gallery Tour & The Duemo

Take a half day small group tour (max 25 people) of the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's famous statue of David and afterwards enjoy a walking tour of Florence with focus on the Duemo.

Florence Accademia Gallery + Duemo Guided Tour
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