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Accademia Gallery & Michelangelo’s David
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
The first gallery you see when you enter the museum, the hall earned its name during the 19th century when it was home to a plaster-cast model of an ancient statue, the Dioscuri of Montecavallo. Today, the real star of the show here is Giambologna's magnificent sculpture, Rape of the Sabines which is surrounding works of art by Renaissance masters like Perugino and Botticelli.
This museum hall is named so after the ‘Slaves’ — four large nude sculptures created by Michelangelo, namely: Awakening Slave, Atlas, Bearded Slave, and Young Slave — housed here. This room, located towards the end of the exhibition route, was initially built to host classic paintings and then became an homage to Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures.
The Gipsoteca Bartolini is a hall in the Accademia Gallery that showcases a selection of the finest 19th-century plaster casts by one of the most brilliant artists of his time, Lorenzo Bartolini, and his student, Luigi Pampaloni, as well as a collection of paintings and sculptures which were awarded by the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence.
Pacino’s Room is the first of the three chambers on the left wing of Tribune that is dedicated to Florentine Gothic and Renaissance paintings from the 14th to the 16th century. Among the masterpieces on display is the Tree of Life by Bonaguida, works by 14th-century followers of Giotto, including Bernardo Daddi's large painted Crucifix and two of Taddeo Gaddi’s works illustrating Scenes from the Life of Christ and St. Francis of Assisi.
This room is a treasure trove of artworks by Giotto and his students, known as the Giotteschi. The room houses six works by Giotto, including four panels from the Stefaneschi Altarpiece, as well as the Madonna and Child Enthroned. The rest of the artwork was created by those who followed Giotto's school of thought — to bring nature back into art.
The third and final room in the series of chambers showcasing paintings from Florence’s Gothic period is the Orcagna’s Room. It houses the work of four brothers: Andrea (nicknamed “Orcagna,” meaning “archangel”), Nardo, Matteo, and Jacopo di Cione. Many of their creations are altarpieces. One exceptional work is Jacopo di Cione's Coronation of the Virgin, commissioned by the magistrates of the Mint.
Playing host to the Grand Ducal Collection, the hall has about 50 ancient instruments on display that showcase the evolution of musical instruments over time. One can identify a variety of wind, string, and harpsichord instruments here, including perhaps the original piano, that were used in the day-to-day lives of the Medici family.
The Accademia Gallery is wheelchair-accessible.
Entrance: Both, the entrance and the ticket office are accessible.
Restroom: The facility on the ground floor is wheelchair-friendly.
Lift: Elevators and special ramps are available.
Yes, plenty of restaurants are available around the Accademia Gallery
A. You can purchase Accademia Gallery tickets online.
A. Yes, you can book your Accademia Gallery tickets online.
A. Accademia Gallery ticket prices start from €20.
A. It depends on the Accademia Gallery ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.
A. Yes, it's best to book your tickets online to get your preferred visiting date. Accademia Gallery is an extremely popular attraction and waiting to purchase tickets on-site on the day of your visit might lead to disappointment if the tickets get sold out.
A. There are Accademia Gallery tickets that include reserved entry access. With these tickets, you will be able to bypass the waiting queues and enter the museum directly.
A. Yes, guided tours of the Accademia Gallery are available. You would have to specifically book these tours in order to enjoy an insightful experience.
A. The Accademia Gallery is the second-most visited museum in Florence, Italy, that houses many famous works of Florentine Renaissance art. One of the most significant works housed here is Michelangelo's David.
A. Accademia Gallery hours are from 8:15 AM to 6:50 PM between Tuesday to Sunday. The last entry is at 6:20 PM.
A. It might take you 1-2 hours to explore Accademia Gallery.
A. In order to avoid crowds, the best time to visit the Accademia Gallery is during the early hours or late afternoons.
A. Yes, the Accademia Gallery has taken several steps to ensure that differently-abled guests explore comfortably. This includes having lifts in place to access the different floors, having accessible restrooms and entrance.
A. Photography is allowed without flash. However, it is not allowed in all galleries. Keep a lookout for signages that indicate otherwise.