Academy tickets on line reservation
Service ideal for travellers who wish to explore on their own and skip lines with pre booked tickets and timed entrance comfortably booked from their desk.
The Gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti has housed the original David by Michelangelo since 1873. The sculpture was allegedly brought to the Accademia for reasons of conservation, although other factors were involved in its move from its previous outdoor location on Piazza della Signoria. The original intention was to create a 'Michelangelo museum', with original sculptures and drawings, to celebrate the fourth centenary of the artist's birth. Today the gallery's small collection of Michelangelo's work includes his four unfinished Prisoners, intended for the tomb of Pope Julius II, and a statue of Saint Matthew, also unfinished. In 1939 these were joined by a Pietà discovered in the Barberini chapel in Palestrina.
Among the notable renaissance works on display are an outstanding collection of 15th and 16th century Florentine paintings by Paolo Uccello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli and Andrea del Sarto and, from the High Renaissance, Giambologna's original plaster for the Rape of the Sabine Women. As well as a number of Florentine Gothic paintings, the gallery houses the idiosyncratic collection of Russianicons assembled by the Grand Dukes of the House of Lorraine, of which Leopoldo was one.
In high season , waiting times can be up to five hours. Visitors who reserve a Academy Gallery tickets in advance have a substantially shorter wait. ( more... )
David by Michelangello, Pieta by Michelangello, Prisoners by Michelangello, Ghirlandaio and Boticelli paintings.
Tour category: self guided visit with pre booked tickets
Tour duration: recommended time under 1 hour
Tour availability: everyday except Mondays, December 25, January 1, May 1,
Participants meeting time: 10 minutes before scheduled visit, 11:00 am, 01:00 pm, 03:00 pm, 05:00 pm
Participants meeting place: outide dedicated entrance to Academy Gallery for reservation holders
Entrance Ticket: included
Transportation: not included