Skip the line, Group guided tour of the Accademia Gallery, Florence. Especially known for the famous sculpture by Michelangelo, the statue of David, the gallery also holds a lot of important exhibitions.
Founded in 1563 by one of the world’s great patrons of the arts, Cosimo I de’ Medici, the Galleria dell’Accademia was a combination of the ‘Company’ a working guild for professional artists and the ‘Academy’, a school housing the great artist of the time who worked and supervised artistic production.
In 1784 these schools were combined into one institution The Accademia di Belle Arti we know today.
The Accademia Gallery Tour takes in not only the world famous ‘David’ – the statue was originally in Piazza della Signoria which was replaced by a replica in 1873 when the work was moved to the gallery for safekeeping. David is one of Michelangelo’s most famous masterpieces, but the Accademia also showcases what Florence is probably most famous for, 15th and 16th century Renaissance art so there is much magnificent art to see as well.
Being one of the first European school of arts, its influence on one of the greatest periods of European culture cannot be underestimated. The Florentine patronage of great artists was one of the physical catalysts that began this cultural ‘snowball’ effect, as great painters and sculptors were drawn to the city and their influence on younger creative minds led to a explosion of creative talent and production.
The total tour duration is 90 minutes, with an hour spent inside the Gallery. The tour starts with a detailed introduction to Michelangelo’s life and his works. At the tour completion, you are welcome to remain in the Gallery at your leisure. Price includes: guide service and museum entrance ticket.
DURATION: 1 Hour
TOUR RUNS: Tuesday to Saturday throughout March to November (plus 2nd-5th Sundays from 1 April to 31 October).