David & Accademia Tour
Michelangelo’s statue of David has come to represent not only Florence but also the Renaissance itself. On this tour of the Accademia and its star, David, you get to skip the line and have direct access to the countless treasures held within. A local expert is your guide as you wander past the many priceless pieces of art. See history come alive as you discover Florence’s world-renowned art.
This tour is a fascinating exploration of the life and works of the amazingly talented Michelangelo. The life and works of Michelangelo are so legendary that he deserves a special tour and where better to do this than in Florence, the place that influenced his life so much, the place that he always considered home. The tour takes place in the Galleria d’Accademia where you will be immersed in Michelangelo’s art and enjoy his most famous work, the statue of David, and other important masterpieces.
The young Michelangelo sculpted the statue of David in three years, starting from a huge block of rough marble. The result was an absolutely beautiful, imposing sculpture, the real icon of the Renaissance ideal. He portrayed a magnificent nude young man in his full physical vigour, whose intense expression of force and courage, which stemmed from his absolute faith in God, was taken as a symbol of the power and invincibility of the Republic of Florence at the height of its splendour. You will learn about Michelangelo the ‘man’ and the ‘artist’, hearing stories of what inspired him to produce such incredible masterpieces and the details behind their creation.
As you make your way to the world’s most famous sculpture, the David, you first pass through the Hall of Prisoners. These unfinished sculptures, done by Michelangelo, seem to be stuck in an eternal struggle to escape their marble prisons. These eerie creatures add to the thrill and mounting expectation as you approach the David, the paragon of Renaissance perfection.
As you stroll the gallery with your guide, you also see many other cherished works of art, such as Botticelli’s Madonna of the Sea and the Medici violin handmade by Antonio Stradivari. The Gallery houses the Grand Ducal collection of instruments, including an early relative of the piano, that belong to the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory. With a local expert to guide you, this tour of the Accademia Gallery leaves you with a comprehensive understanding of the museum’s star attraction, the David, as well as the many other works of art housed within.