Last Updated: 9th May 2013
by – Matt Vernick, Tour Manager, Europe
The Accademia is about a 5 minute walk from the Duomo in the center of Florence and seeing David, (perhaps the most famous of Michelangelo’s sculptures) is worth the price of admission. Although the replicas in the Piazza Signora and Piazza Michelangelo are impressive, there is something about the original that makes you believe in the sculptor’s genius.
Although there is a room with some paintings and a gallery filled with more of Michelangelo’s unfinished work for the tomb of Pope Julius II, David is by far and away the star.
This is the most popular museum in Florence and there are huge line ups in summer to get in. During summer you may stand in line for up to 3 hours unless you get there very early in the morning.
Tours with one night stops in Florence either spend the morning of the afternoon in the city and it may be best to see your schedule with your Tour Manager before making reservations.
For more information about booking tickets online for this museum, visit www.tickitaly.com.
Or to make a reservation by phone, call: +39 055 294883 or +39 055 290112
Contiki is not responsible for any bookings that are missed due to unforeseen circumstances which delay the tour.
Florence is also home to the world renowned Uffizi Gallery and its amazing collection of Renaissance art.
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Although ticketitaly.com is convenient, the tickets on there are slightly more expensive. For example, their tours for the Vatican Museums are Euro 10 to Euro 15 more expensive then if you were to go to http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html. Also, if you wanted tickets for the Borghese Museum tickets are about Euro 5 more then if you were to book it from http://www.galleriaborghese.it Just saying, if you have the time to shop around, you may find a better deal, but ticketitaly.com is very convenient as far as finding all your tickets in a one stop shop location.
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In May, when my tour group arrived in Florence we had just under an hour to explore before the tour group met back for the guided tour. It was late afternoon, but a group took the chance of running over to see David before close and they were one of the last ones to get in with absolutely no line up. They didn’t have time to see the rest of the gallery, but they fared better than the rest of us as the next day it was at least a 2 hour wait, so most of us did not get the chance to see David at all. Thus, if you haven’t purchased advance tickets, late in the afternoon is a good time to give it a try if you only want to see the main attraction.