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Accademia Gallery Tours | Discover an Iconic Museum in Florence With an Expert Guide

Founded by Grand Duke Peter Leopold, the Galleria del’Accademia or the Accademia Gallery was established in 1748 and is one of the most-visited museums in Florence. The gallery is equipped with a variety of craft supplies to encourage the study and practice of art in the city. It is home to one of the most diverse, captivating, and stellar collections of Gothic and Renaissance art with works of celebrated artists like Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael, and many others, on display in its seven halls.

Read on to know more about what you can see at the museum and how an Accademia Gallery tour is the best way to explore this iconic attraction in the city of Florence.

Why Take an Accademia Gallery Guided Tour?

Accademia Gallery is one of the most popular museums and art galleries in Florence. Take a look at why you should take an Accademia Gallery guided tour.

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All Your Accademia Gallery Guided Tour Options

Accademia Gallery Guided Tour With Skip The Line Tickets

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Florence Wonders with Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line Tour

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Combo Tour: Uffizi and Accademia Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access

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Combo Tour: Accademia Gallery with Florence City Tour

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Florence Half-Day Tour with Uffizi & Accademia Galleries

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Combo (Save 4%): Uffizi + Accademia Gallery Tour Tickets

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Florence Half-Day Tour – Uffizi & Accademia Galleries with Florence Cathedral

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Highlights Covered on Your Accademia Gallery Tour

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The Hall of the Prisoners

The Hall of Prisoners is named after the four nude sculptures of ‘slaves’ that the museum is home to – Atlas, Bearded Slave, Young Slave, and Awakening Slave. Commissioned in 1505, these sculptures were originally created by Michelangelo for the tomb of Pope Julius II Della Rovere in St. Peter’s Basilica. But Michelangelo stopped working on them due to financial constraints. Therefore, the sculptures remained in Florence and now occupy a place of pride at the Accademia Gallery. The museum hall is also home to paintings by other celebrated artists like Pontormo, Fra’ Bartolomeo, Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio, Andrea del Sarto, and many others.

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Hall of the Colossus

Home to and named after ancient plaster casts, the Hall of Colossus houses works of art by artists like Giambologna, Perugino, Botticelli, Filippino Lippi, Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Raffaellino del Garbo, among others. The walls are adorned with 15th-century altarpieces that depict the development of the Florentine School of Art. The striking sculpture Rape of the Sabines by Giambologna is a highlight. It’s made using a single block of marble and depicts three figures wrapped in a serpentine movement. You’ll also find altarpieces created by Lippi, Perugino, and del Garbo in the Hall of Colossus.

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Museum of Musical Instruments

The Museum of Musical Instruments is home to the Grand Ducal Collection with over 50 ancient instruments on display. These instruments were once a crucial part of the daily lives of the Medici family and the Medicean court. The collection includes a wide variety of string and wind instruments, harpsichords, and original forms of the piano. The popular Viola by Stradivari also occupies a place of pride here at the museum. A lot of work and effort went into creating these instruments for the royal family. Enhance your experience of the visit by taking a tour of the museum through multimedia systems.

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The Tribune

The Tribune is probably the most visited museum hall at the Accademia Gallery primarily because it houses the most famous, historic, and greatest sculpture to have ever been created – David by Michelangelo. The 17-feet tall sculpture was initially kept in the open at Piazza Della Signoria. But, in the 1850s, it was moved inside a tribune, which later became a part of the modern Accademia Gallery. Completed in 1504, the sculpture depicts beauty and strength during political turmoil and unrest in Florence. David is surrounded by many other works of art by Allori, Bronzino, and Cecchino Salviati, to name a few.

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Florence Between 1370 and 1430

Located on the first floor of the gallery, this museum hall is home to a stunning and immersive collection of late 14th-century art. There are several artworks dedicated to the local spiritual and religious practices of the Florentine era, but the highlight of the hall is Jacopo de Cione’s Massacre of the Innocents. The hall also houses works of art commissioned by the Florentine Guilds as well as other breathtaking pieces by iconic artists like Lorenzo Monaco, del Biondo, and Don Silvestro. Also, make note of the altarpieces that are a celebration of Gothic art and architecture.

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Gipsoteca Bartolini

In 1784, Grand Duke Peter Leopold ordered that the Friary Hospital of San Matthew and Convent be converted into an art gallery to encourage the study and impact of Florentine and Renaissance art and offer an artistic environment to students interested in exploring their creative capabilities. The initiative was led by Lorenzo Bartolini, an exceptional artist and a professor at the academy, who contributed a major chunk of his artworks to the cause. The hall primarily houses his works of art along with a few pieces by Pampaloni. The Gipsoteca Bartolini Hall chronicles the evolution of Florentine art since the period of Romanticism and Neoclassicism.

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Florentine Gothic

Located on the ground floor of Accademia Gallery, the Florentine Gothic Hall comprises three rooms. The first room consists of a collection of ancient Gothic art from the 13th and 14th centuries and is the oldest that you’ll find in the gallery. Don’t miss Bonaguida’s Tree of Life, the most famous of the lot. The second room houses artworks by Giottesque artists like Gaddi and Daddi, who wanted to explore nature as a theme and reintroduce it to the world of art, while the third room is dedicated to the works of four brothers namely Andrea, Matteo, Nardo, and Jacopo di Cione.

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What to Expect on an Accademia Gallery Tour?

Visiting such an iconic and expansive art gallery can be overwhelming and a little difficult to navigate all by yourself. An Accademia Gallery tour will help you explore the gallery more efficiently because it includes a tour guide who possesses in-depth knowledge of the artworks and artists exhibited at the museum. They will be able to tell you about all the important and popular artworks, artists, and everything else that you need to know about the museum. 

Once you meet your tour guide at the designated point, you will be taken inside Accademia Gallery and given a tour of the seven museum halls – The Hall of Colossus, The Hall of the Prisoners, The Tribune, Gipsoteca Bartolini, Florentine Gothic, Museum of Musical Instruments, Florence Between 1370 and 1430 – and shown all the major works of art on display. There is so much to see inside one of the most iconic museums in the world and an Accademia Gallery tour is the best way to do so.

Visitor Tips

  • Book your Accademia Gallery tour tickets in advance.
  • Wear comfortable footwear because you will have to walk a lot inside the museum.
  • Read up about the Accademia Gallery if you’re not taking a guided tour.
  • The museum has a locker room facility in case you’re carrying large bags, umbrellas, or luggage.
  • The best time to visit the museum is in the early hours when the attraction opens or after 5 PM if you want to avoid large crowds.
  • Photography is permitted but tripods are not allowed inside. Avoid flash photography.
  • The gallery is wheelchair friendly and accessible to those with reduced mobility. There are elevators and special ramps to ensure guests feel comfortable while exploring the museum.

Frequently Asked Questions About Accademia Gallery Tours

Q. Can I book an Accademia Gallery tour?

A. Yes. Accademia Gallery tours are available for booking.

Q. How do I book an Accademia Gallery tour?

A. You can book an Accademia Gallery tour online.

Q. How much does an Accademia Gallery tour cost?

A. Accademia Gallery tours are priced at €40 and above.

Q. What are the different types of Accademia Gallery tours?

A. There are five types of Accademia Gallery tours available – Accademia Gallery Guided Tour with Skip the Line Tickets, Florence Wonders with Accademia Gallery Skip-the-Line Tour, Combo Tour: Uffizi and Accademia Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access, Combo Tour: Accademia Gallery with Florence City Tour, and Florence Half-Day Tour with Uffizi and Accademia Galleries.

Q. What is included in the Accademia Gallery tours?

A. The Accademia Gallery tours include a tour of all the seven halls inside the museum and the finest artworks on display.

Q. In what languages are the Accademia Gallery guided tours available?

A. The Accademia Gallery guided tours are available in five languages – English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

Q. What does the Accademia Gallery guided tour cover?

A. The Accademia Gallery guided tour covers all the seven museum halls inside the Accademia Gallery and gives a glimpse into some of the finest and most celebrated works of art in the history of Italian art.

Q. How many people can go on an Accademia Gallery tour?

A. It depends on the type of Accademia Gallery tour you book. Small group tours have a limit of 10 people while the other guided tours can accommodate up to 25 people.

Q. Is the Accademia Gallery tour worth it?

A. Yes. The Accademia Gallery tour is worth it because it’s the best way to explore this iconic and popular museum and learn all about its history, artworks, and artists. The gallery has always encouraged the study and practice of art. It is home to one of the most stunning collections of Gothic and Renaissance art created by artists like Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael, and many others.

Q. Do the Accademia Gallery tours include skip the line access?

A. Yes. Your Accademia Gallery tours include skip the line access.

Q. Can I cancel a booked Accademia Gallery tour?

A. Yes. You can cancel your Accademia Gallery tour tickets between 24 to 48 hours before the scheduled date and get a full refund. Please check the cancellation policy before booking your tickets.

Q. How long is the Accademia Gallery guided tour?

A. The Accademia Gallery guided tours can be anywhere between 2 to 4 hours long.

Q. Are there any discounted tickets for the Accademia Gallery tours?

A. Yes. Discounted tickets are available for some Accademia Gallery tours. Please check the booking page for more information.