The Accademia and Michelangelo's David, Florence, Italy - about ticket types, opening, and regulations
Both the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia (Michelangelo's David) are closed on Mondays. Other than that they are open Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15 AM to 6.50 PM. Last booking for the Accademia is 5.30 PM whereas the Uffizi will only accept bookings up to 4.45 PM. Opinions vary, and it very much depends on your appetite for Renaissance art, but we wouldn't recommend 'doing' both galleries in one day. Yes, it can be done, but the Uffizi is pretty big and there is an awful lot to see.
INFORMATION FOR GROUPS AND GUIDES
From February 2019, all guided groups above 8 people (with guide/leader), including school or study groups, are required to use headsets to reduce noise levels. If these are not in use by the group already then they may be hired at the gallery. Guides are not allowed to use laser pointers, and please be aware that there is a limit on group sizes - no more than 20 people (including guide) from March to September, 25 people at other times. If your group is a school or study one, then the limit is 25 all-year round. At time of writing the cost of hiring equipment, to be paid on-site, is Euro 1.50 per person.
Only authorised guides are permitted to give tour commentaries - these may be officially recognised and licensed tour guides, or, in the case of schools and colleges, the qualified teacher, lecturer or professor. If you are a group requiring a qualified guide (again, a 'group' is defined by the Accademia as being above 8 people) then we can organise that for you on request - bear in mind that a group, including any guide, has a maximum size of 20 people (25 in low season), and if your party is larger than this then you'll need an additional tour guide for each group of 20.
Prices include booking fees and service charges, and also cover entrance to any special exhibitions that may be showing during your visit. There is no charge whatsoever for children under six years of age (they do not need to reserve). EU citizens aged between 18 and 25 qualify for reduced price tickets. EU citizens under the age of 18 do not need to pay the entry price; there is still, however, a charge to cover booking fees, service charges and entry to special exhibits. We are only able to make bookings of this sort if they are part of a paying group.
HOW YOU'LL GET YOUR TICKETS:
To reserve tickets for the Accademia Gallery, just fill out the booking form (dates are in European DD/MM/YYYY format), supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation. We'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out or download your entry voucher. Take it with you to the Accademia and present it at the ticket desk (paper or on mobile device) ... they will swap it for your entry ticket. As simple as that!
The Accademia has an employee who deals with those who've pre-booked; present your voucher and it'll be exchanged for tickets. You won't have to join the serpentine queue, but nonetheless we'd advise you to arrive 15 minutes before your entry time.
PLEASE NOTE: You must present yourself at the galleries at the time specified on your booking voucher - admittance will not be granted at other times. For this reason, if you're planning on seeing the Accademia and the Uffizi on the same day, please be sure to leave at least a couple of hours between visits.
Below are some extensive details issued by the Florentine authorities on rules and regulations for visiting the Accademia, perhaps of particular interest to schools and large groups, where regulations changed considerably from 2019.
THE ACCADEMIA AND MICHELANGELO'S DAVID - RULES AND REGULATIONS:
All visitors must pass through metal detectors, and any knives or objects considered to be dangerous will not be cleared; there are no cloakroom facilities or lockers, with no large bags or rucksacks permitted - nothing that measures more than 40 * 30 * 18 centimetres. No pets are allowed inside, but guide dogs are permitted. Telephones must be turned off or in silent mode.
The following are forbidden inside the gallery:
Behaviour must be decorous at all times, no shouting, running or climbing, no touching of art-works, and no ignoring signsage or staff. Dress is obviously not as restricted as when visiting religious buildings, but torsos must not be bare, nor feet.