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The Accademia and Michelangelo's David, Florence, guided tour.

A guided tour to view Michelangelo's statue of David in the company of an expert guide. The tour lasts roughly 75 minutes, after which you can choose to stay in the gallery and explore the other artworks on show at your leisure. Available all year round at 10.30 AM, and at either 10.30 AM or 11.30 AM in high season (April to October).

The tour lasts approximately an hour and a quarter, and takes in some other lesser-known pieces by Michelangelo as well as David himself; all you need to do is arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the tour starts, enjoy the sensation of bypassing the queues, present your voucher, and you'll be inside the Accademia, ready to discover David in the presence of an expert guide. Once the tour is over you are welcome to stay inside the gallery and continue exploring at your own pace.

Tours are available in English, Italian, French, German and Spanish and occasionally are conducted in two languages. Children up to and including the age of 6 pay nothing, all other tickets are full price.

For groups of more than fifteen people it is obligatory to use the 'Whisper' audio system. Your guide will be talking into a small microphone and you'll each be listening on special earpieces. This is included in the price.

Michelangelo & David, Small Group Tour

Florence Accademia Gallery Small Group Tour

From David to David - The Michelangelo's David and Accademia Gallery Tour takes you from Piazza della Signoria, where the original David stood, to the Accademia Gallery where this iconic masterpiece now resides.

Get the background to this most famous of sculptures in the company of a knowledgeable and English speaking professional guide.

This two hour tour focuses on Michelangelo's David, the sculptural masterpiece depicting the biblical hero who defeated the giant Goliath. You will explore the history of this great statue, from its 370 year residence in Piazza della Signoria (which is why we have chosen the start the tour here) and its political and social implications at the time, and discover the unique Gallerie dell'Accademia where your guide will share a deep knowledge of Florentine art and history.

Your tour, which is conducted entirely in English, begins in Piazza della Signoria from where you will walk through the streets to the Accademia while your guide explains the historical and artistic detail of your surroundings. You will be shown around the museum where along with David there are five other original (and unfinished) Michelangelo statues, the four Prisoners and St Matthew, as well as many other works of Florentine art.

At the end of this two hour guided tour you are welcome to stay and look round the gallery on your own.

The Accademia & David, guided tour, one hour.

A guided tour to view Michelangelo's statue of David as well as other notable works in the Accademia's collections. The tour lasts roughly 60 minutes, after which you can choose to stay in the gallery and explore the other artworks on show at your leisure. Available all year round at 10.00 AM, and at 10.00 AM, 11.30 AM or 1.00 PM (also in Spanish) in high season.

The tour lasts approximately an hour (it may last an hour and a half if the 1.00 option is chosen as the tour may be in two languages then), and takes in some other lesser-known pieces by Michelangelo as well as David himself. You'll skip queues and be accompanied by your expert guide at all times - you'll be listening in via headset (supplied and included in the price) to ensure you don't miss anything your guide is saying. Once the tour is over you are welcome to stay inside the gallery and continue exploring at your own pace.

Available all year round at 10.00 AM, and at 10.00 AM, 11.30 AM or 1.00 PM (also in Spanish) in high season (excluding Mondays, the first Sunday of each month, the 25th of December and the 1st of January) Children up to and including the age of 5 pay nothing, and there are reductions for young people between the ages of six and seventeen.

Florence & David Walking Tour, Small Group

Experience the real living heart of Florence while visiting the wonders of the past on this unique walking tour, a tour that involves a visit to view the top must-see in Florence, Michelangelo's statue of David. Lasting around three hours (starting at 3.00 PM) and limited to groups of a maximum of 12 people, the tour will introduce you to important UNESCO heritage sites as well as leading you through the less well known parts of the city centre.

You will visit the Accademia to see ‘David’ and learn how Michelangelo created his masterpiece, and the importance of perspective in this huge sculpture.

Continuing to the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo) you will hear about its stunning architecture and Brunelleschi’s massive dome (which remains the largest in the world) as well as the famed baptistry doors by Ghiberti.

Passing through the Piazza della Signoria with its fine architecture and outdoor gallery of impressive sculptures you will see the Palazzo Vecchio and learn about the Medici family and the history of Florentine government. This square was the scene of many protests and public executions.

You will walk the exterior corridors of the Uffizi Gallery (this tour does not include a visit to the gallery) and arrive at the famous Ponte Vecchio, the picturesque pedestrian bridge lined with jewellers’ shops and steeped in history.

The tour will also take you through Dante’s district and to the 14th century church of Orsanmichele with its fascinating history. You will get a chance to sample some of the best ice cream in Florence and learn about the typical Florentine ‘trippa’ being sold by the many local street food vendors.

A tour then, that ticks the can't-be-missed viewing of David checkbox, one that gives you an expert introduction to many other of Florence's absolute musts, and, perhaps most importantly, one that sees your passionate local guide give you a keen insight into the living city, as it is now, and a rolling back of the centuries to gain an understanding of the wonders of Renaissance Florence as it was when still a republic.

4.6 stars out of 5 from 14 ratings. See all 8 reviews

5 stars
DH, United States
3rd Apr 2018
Our tour guide was great. She was very informative and was able to answer questions quickly.
5 stars
GL, United States
3rd Jul 2017
Our guide was great
5 stars
AS, New Zealand
23rd Sep 2015
Found Marcello a brilliant guide. Clearly loved Micelangelo and was very informative. We were a large group but he managed to manoeuvre us around very well.
5 stars
JS, United States
8th Aug 2015
The guides did a good job of getting us into the museum expeditiously despite a crush of visitors in August. Our guide was knowledgeable and informative and provided significant value to the visit.
5 stars
WH, United States
24th Jul 2015
The Accademia guided tour was excellent. We booked the English tour and the guide was great and very knowledgeable of the art in the gallery.
5 stars
MM, United States
20th Sep 2014
Our guide was wonderful. Full of stories about Michaelangelo. We learned so much. I would recommend.