What to see at the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence: timetables, prices and advice

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Known as one of the best known and most important museums in Italy, the Gallery of the Academy of Florence is fourth in number of visitors and is a real one sacred temple of the Renaissance; to most of the tourists who visit Florence it is known for the famous "David" by Michelangelo, being unaware of the fact that there is a nice list of works to see absolutely hidden among the museum rooms. Therefore, we provide you with all the necessary precautions so that you arrive prepared for the entrance of this famous jewel, more unique than rare.


  1. What to see and how to visit the Accademia Gallery
  2. David of Michelangelo
  3. Michelangelo's Slaves
  4. Rape of the Sabine Women
  5. Cassone Adimari
  6. Coronation of the Virgin by Jacopo di Cione
  7. Madonna with Child, San Giovannino and two Angels
  8. Christ in Pietà
  9. Venus and Cupid
  10. Thebaid
  11. Madonna della Cintola and Saints
  12. Hours and prices
  13. Online tickets and guided tours
  14. User questions and comments

What to see and how to visit the Accademia Gallery

To access the Gallery, you use the single entrance on Via Ricasoli 58-60 and is divided into the following rooms: Sala del Colosso, Galleria dei Prigioni, the Tribune that houses the David, the Gipsoteca Bartolini, the th and th century ones and the Museum of musical instruments. Experts recommend that plan an itinerary of at least two hours to enjoy as many works as possible and then make a complete reflection on the artistic and cultural richness of this very important permanent exhibition.

Here are the 10 things to see absolutely.

1 - Michelangelo's David

A great interpretation of the biblical scene, it was created by Michelangelo Buonarrotti at the age of 26 and is emblematic of the figure of the man-hero inspired by the classic aesthetic canons typical of the Renaissance era. The statue represents the victory of moral reason over irrational brute force.

  • creation date: 1504
  • Author: Michelangelo Buonarrotti
  • Dimensions: 410 cm
  • Technique of the work: sculpture made of white Carrara marble

2 - Michelangelo's Slaves

We are talking about: The "Young Slave", the "Waking Slave", the "Bearded Slave" and "Atlas". The four male nude figures they present themselves in various executive stages following the classic approach of the opposite: they rest the weight on one leg, writhing in various poses of the torso and shoulders and the peculiarity that makes them unique is given by the fact that they are remained unfinished.

  • creation date1519-1534
  • Author: Michelangelo Buonarrotti
  • Dimensions: 256 - 277 cm
  • Technique of the work: marble sculpture

3 - Rape of the Sabine women

The sculptural group represents three naked bodies executed by the Flemish author Jean De Boulogne, Giambologna for the Florentines: he wanted to carve the three figures on a single block of marble with the aim of showing his talent, while the name was attributed to the work only later on the advice of the scholar Vincenzo Borghini.

  • creation date: 1574 - 1580
  • Author: Gianbologna - Jean De Boulogne
  • Dimensions: 410 cm
  • Technique of the work: marble sculpture

4 - Adimari box

The little-known painted panel represents the front part of a th-century wedding chest, or, according to recent studies, the panel of a cot back; this work, which represents a rich Florentine wedding in the background of Piazza del Duomo, has been attributed to Lo Scheggia, as well as Masaccio's younger brother.

  • creation date: About 1450
  • Author: Lo Scheggia
  • Dimensions: 88 x 303 cm
  • Technique of the work: tempera on wood

5 - Coronation of the Virgin by Jacopo di Cione

Known in Florence as the "Coronation of the Mint" because it was commissioned by the officers of the florin coinage, the coronation of the Virgin takes place on an elegant level raised above the patron saints of the city of Florence including: St. John the Baptist, standing, S Catherine with the palm of martyrdom, S. Anna depicted with the model of fortified Florence, S. Matteo, protector of the Arte del Cambio and S. Vittore pope. The deep devotional meaning of the religious subject merges with the civic and political sense represented by the symbols in the precious carved, gilded and painted frame.

  • creation date: 1325 - 1399
  • Author: Jacopo di Cione
  • Dimensions: height: 348 cm; width: 193 cm
  • Technique of the work: panel / tempera painting / leaf gilding

6 - Madonna with Child, San Giovannino and two Angels

The painting represents the scene in which there is Mary holding her Child son in her arms, helped by an angel who holds the back of the child in her right hand looking at Mary. The second angel who instead looks intently towards the viewer, that is, has the role of contact with the public, like the character who in the sacred representations of the Renaissance theater explained the scenes to bystanders.

  • creation date: 1468 - 1470
  • Author: Sandro Botticelli
  • Dimensions: 85 x 62 cm
  • Technique of the work: tempera on wood

7 - Christ in Pietà

On a table are represented the figures of John the Evangelist and the Madonna at knee height around the dead body of Christ; the touching emotionality and the sense of color had to represent the absolute novelty in the chromatic field in the Florence of the time, that is the author was going to lay the foundations for the future international Gothic style which would be established shortly thereafter.

  • creation date: 1365
  • Author: Giovanni from Milan
  • Dimensions: 121 x 63 cm
  • Technique of the work: tempera and gold on wood

8 - Venus and Cupid

The painting depicts Venus lying with his head turned to kiss Cupid, an allegorical scene that wants to highlight the fallacy of feelings and love through numerous symbolic elements such as the masks attached to Cupid's bow or through the totally unnatural twists of the subjects' bodies. .

  • creation date: 1533
  • Author: Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Dimensions: 128 x 194 cm
  • Technique of the work: oil on the table

9 - Thebaid

Painting composed of several spatial units where various episodes of holy monks are represented, other episodes however referring to the theme, much felt in that historical period, of meditation as a spiritual path refined through prayer and it is possible to notice a group of flagellants;

  • creation date: About 1460
  • Author: Paolo Uccello
  • Dimensions: 83 x 118 cm
  • Technique of the work: tempera on canvas

10 - Madonna della Cintola and Saints

This work contains a pictorial subject showing the handing over of the Sacred Cingolo - its girdle, by Mary, to St. Thomas during the Assumption into Heaven. They are surrounded by various saints including Santa Margherita and San Gregorio Magno; in the work there is also a very evident taste for the elegant and refined contour line and the vegetal carpet reveals a remarkable attention to detail.

  • creation date1456-1460
  • Author: Filippo Lippi
  • Dimensions: 207 x 200 cm
  • Technique of the work: tempera on wood

Hours and prices

The museum is open every day of the year apart from every Monday, January 1st and December 25th

  • from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 am to 18:50 pm, the ticket office closes at 18:20 pm
  • Best time to avoid queues: reach the museum by 8:00 am
  • € 12,00
  • Reductions: € 6,00 for state teachers € 2,00 for citizens of the European Union and of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein from 18 to 25 years included
  • Free: minors under 18, people with disabilities, school groups and teachers, tourist guides and tourist interpreters, Italian and foreign journalists, operators of voluntary associations that operate through agreements at the peripheral offices of the Ministry, staff of the Ministry for Goods and Cultural Activities, International Council of Museums members and holders of the Firenze Card

Online tickets and guided tours

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: reaching the entrance by 8:30 am allows you not to wait for the large queue that crowds the museum every day
  2. Buy the city card: the Firenze card is available, a "magic" card that allows you to visit the more than 72 museums and cultural centers in the Florentine city at the price of € 85,00 to be used within 72 hours of entering the first museum.
  3. Priority ticket: it is possible to book the ticket and the entrance time by calling Firenze Musei at (+39) 055294883, reservation cost: € 4,00
  4. Watch out for restrictions: it is not allowed to introduce more than 0,5 liters of water inside the museum. The museum does not have a wardrobe so large backpacks and bags are not allowed but with a maximum size of 40x30x18 cm. Inside the museum it is not possible to take pictures with a flash, selfie stick or bulky objects. No animals of any kind are allowed.
  5. Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of 30 minutes for the visit, but the ideal would be to be able to dedicate 2 hours for an in-depth visit.

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: the Gallery is 15 walking from the Santa Maria Novella train station, as well as just 5 minutes from the exact center of Florence heading north
  • By bus: with buses n ° 7, 11, 12, 14, 17, 23, 25 or tram T1.3, T2

Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief

The Gallery dates back to 1784, when the Grand Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo reorganized the Academy of Drawing Arts, founded in 1563 by Cosimo I de'Medici, in the modern Academy of Fine Arts. The museum was enriched with the suppression of the churches and convents ordered by Pietro Leopoldo in 1786 and by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1810. But the decisive event in the history of the museum was the transfer of Michelangelo's David from Piazza della Signoria in August 1873; the most famous sculpture in the world therefore had to wait nine years, kept in a wooden box, for the completion of the construction of the Tribune designed by the architect Emilio De Fabris to welcome it. Today's Galleria dell'Accademia was established in 1882.

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