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Galleria dell’Accademia

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David by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze

The "David", sculpted by Michelangelo Buonarroti between 1501 and 1504

The Galleria dell’Accademia (or Gallery of the Academy of Florence) is an art gallery located in Florence, Italy. With a large collection of sculptures, paintings and musical instruments, the academy gallery is known for housing inside one of the most famous sculptures of all time: Michelangelo’s David. The Galleria dell’Accademia has housed the original David by Michelangelo since 1873 to protect it from adverse weather conditions. Before then the statue was located in Piazza della Signoria. It is 5.17 metres high and it is made entirely of white marble. It was a single block of marble considered unusable because it had already been used 50 years earlier. Michelangelo sculpted it between 1501 and 1504.

The Galleria dell’Accademia is not very big and some visitors will not need more than half an hour to visit; however,  to those who are looking for a more in-depth experience  it will require more time, from 2 to 3 hours

To avoid queues in addition to skip-the-line tickets, we suggest that you visit the Galleria dell’Accademia either in the morning as soon as it opens or in the evening just before it closes.

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What is the Galleria dell’Accademia?

When was the Galleria dell’Accademia founded?

The Galleria dell’Accademia was established  in 1784 as a teaching facility for students of the adjacent Academy of Fine Arts by Pietro Leopoldo, Grand Duke of Tuscany.  It adjoins the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence (in Italian  Accademia di Belle Arti), but despite the name has no other connection with it.

How many statues of Michelangelo’s David exist and where is the original?

The original sculpture of the David is in the Galleria dell’Accademia to protect it from adverse weather conditions. The second copy of the David is located in Piazza della Signoria (Duomo Square), just opposite the Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace). The third copy is in the middle of Piazzale Michelangelo.

Why are David’s hands so big? What is he holding in the left hand?

His hands are so big because David was intended to be viewed from below, Michelangelo eschewed ideal proportioning and instead carved the head, arms, and hands much larger than the torso and legs to create the illusion that David is alert and poised for action, especially when viewed from below. As also told in the Bible, the symbol of David’s fight against Gliath is the sling, in this representation it is held in the left hand over the shoulders.

General informations

Useful information for your visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia.


It is located in the historic centre. The address is : Via Ricasoli, 58-60.

Opening hours

To visit the Galleria dell’Accademia the times are as follows:

  • From Tuesday to Sunday: 8:15 am until 6:50 pm
    Monday: Closed
    Closed: 25th December, 1st January, 1st May.
  •  During the summer months, the museum may also be open late on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 7 pm to 10 pm.

How to get to the Galleria dell’Accademia

To reach the Galleria dell’Accademia:

Buses: lines 1 and 17.

Attractions nearby

  • Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (430 m)
  • Florence Cathedral (472 m)
  • Piazza del Duomo (505 m)
  • Battistero di San Giovanni, Florence (514 m)
  • Campanile di Giotto, Florence (523 m)

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