Galleria dell’Accademia, better known as the Accademia Gallery of Florence or Gallery of the Academy of Florence is the second most visited art museum in Florence, right after the Uffizi Gallery. It is popular for housing Michelangelo's sculpture of David along with a careful curation of paintings and sculptures by other renowned Florentine artists spanning from 1300-1600. Though it is much smaller than the Uffizi Gallery with respect to both size and collection, it is a definite visit for those who would like to feast on world class sculptures and paintings.
The Accademia Gallery was founded in the XVIII century along with the Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti) in Florence. It was founded with the purpose to display the artworks designed by students of the Academy along with providing study objects for the art students. Apart from the acclaimed David statue, the Gallery also houses other sculptures by Michelangelo and a large collection of Renaissance paintings like - Botticelli’s Madonna of the Sea (1470), The Virgin and Child (1470), Coronation of the Virgin (1372) and many other gold background paintings. Inside the Accademia Gallery lies a Museum of Musical Instruments which holds an extensive collection of violins, cello and many other early version instruments belonging to the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory.
This is the first hall when you enter the gallery, boasting a stunning marble sculpture of ‘Rape of the Sabines’ by Giambologna. The Hall of the Colossus also features paintings by Botticelli, Paolo Uccello, Perugino and many more artists including ‘Madonna by the Rocks’, ‘Assumption of the Virgin’ and ‘Deposition’.
A special memoir dedicated to the unfinished works of Michelangelo, the hall takes its name after the four large sculptures known as the Slaves- Atlas, Bearded Slave, Awakening Slave and Young Slave. The main paintings in this halls include ‘The Prophet Isaiah’ and ‘The Prophet Job’ by Bartolomeo and ‘Venus and Cupid’ by Michelangelo.
This is the most famous hall in the Accademia Galleria, housing the legendary ‘David’ by Michelangelo. Placed in the center under a bright skylight, the halo-like dome is a spectacular sight capable of reducing the mightiest individuals to mere spectators. The hall also features the iconic ‘Madonna and child with young St.John’ by Salviati and ‘Annunciation’ by Alessandro Allori.
Also known as the "Gipsoteca Bartolini" , this 19th century hall focuses on the sculptures and modeling techniques used by prominent artists. Here, an interesting, informative video showing the step by step process involved in creating the plaster cast necessary for such sculptures is a huge hit amongst visitors.
Venture into the world of rhythm and music as you discover the surreal Grand Ducal Collection of over 50 musical instruments. Explore the collection of string, wind and harpsichord instruments on display. Multimedia displays allow the visitors to hear the different sounds as heard by the Medicis during their reign.
Spread over 3 rooms, this section is dedicated to Florentine Gothic paintings from the 13th to 15th century. The gothic imagery captured by the artist along with the vibrant colors is a sight behold. The hall features the magnificent ‘Tree of Life’ by Pacino di Bonaguida, ‘Coronation of the Virgin’ by Jacopo di Cione,‘Pentecost’ by Andrea di Cione and many other works.
An entire floor dedicated to the pre-renaissance period, this hall features masterpieces from the late Gothic period. Here one can see the famous ‘Massacre of the Innocents’ by Jacopo di Cione and ‘Madonna of Humility’ by Don Silvestro. A video is also projected here which shows the fashion of Florence during these times.
1. Do I need to book tickets in advance to enter the Accademia Gallery?
There are 3 types of tickets to the Accademia Gallery: Full, Reduced and Free. Depending on the tour package you choose, priority entrance tickets to the Accademia Gallery start at €20. We recommend that you book tickets in advance because of the long lines at the free entrance.
2. What are the advantages of purchasing skip-the-line tickets?
Skip-the-line tickets allow you to bypass the long lines and save time and money on your trip. They also offer exclusive access to certain sections of the gallery which may otherwise be restricted.
3. What are the types of tickets available?
You can choose from a range of tour packages on your visit to the Accademia Gallery. These tickets offer priority entrance at €20 and guided tours that offer access to the Accademia Gallery as well are also available starting at €30. Click here to choose from more ticket options.
4. Is there a cancellation policy for the Accademia Gallery tour tickets?
Yes, most Accademia Gallery tickets have a flexible cancellation policy of 48 hours in advance for a full refund.
5. Do any of the tours provide detailed audio guide services?
If you are looking for a self-guided tour with audio guide services, we recommend opting for this tour. This tour also offers skip-the-line entry and access to the Accademia Gallery as well. If you would also like to explore the city of Florence after visiting the gallery, we recommend this tour.
6. What are the languages that the guided tours are available in?
You can avail guided tours with a professional guide in a host of languages including English, German, Italian, Spanish and French.
7. What are the timings at the Accademia Gallery?
8. Does the Accademia Gallery offer any wheelchair and storage facilities?
The Accademia Gallery offers an access ramp at the exit. Disabled tourists are also allowed free admission along with one companion.