Tuscany, Italy

Accademia Gallery

Best known for housing Michelangelo's David, this art museum is one the most important in the world. There's far more to be seen than the famous marble, and this is a place well worth a visit for any art lover.

Explore the halls of one of Florence’s most impressive galleries

The Accademia Gallery was originally founded in the 18th century, for students of the Academy of Fine Arts, as a teaching space. As the collection grew, the gallery transformed into the museum it is today, bursting at the seams with some of the world’s most famous art–including Michelangelo’s David, as well as many of his other marble statues. You’ll also recognise many other works, due to their cultural and historic importance

Get a crash course in art history

The Accademia gallery is set out so that you can get the most out of it, even if you only have a little time. There’s a recommended visitor trail that only takes about an hour and a half to complete (including time to admire the works), and will take you all over the museum while pointing out the most important and impressive works on offer there.

If you’re on a budget, you might choose to time your visit around the first Sunday of the month, when entry is free.