Tuscany, Italy

Galleria dell’Accademia

Famous for its sculptures created by Michelangelo, Galleria dell’Accademia is an art museum located in the heart of Florence. It is home to the statue of David and to the works of Italian artists including Pontormo, Sandro Botticelli, Andrea Del Sarto, and Domenico Ghirlandaio.

History

Besides masterpieces from Michelangelo, Galleria dell’Accademia also features several halls that include: hall of the prisoners, hall of the colossus, gipsoteca bartolini, Florentine gothic, and the museum of musical instruments. Established in the 18th century, this art museum was founded by Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine. Originally, this place was used as a teaching facility for students of the nearby Academy of Fine Arts.

Guided Tours

Accademia has several professional tour guides that conduct tours in the English language. In high season, the groups are around 25 people, while during the low season; you will probably be in a smaller group of 10 people. The tours last for 90 minutes and are usually held on Wednesdays and Sundays. There are also tours from other agencies that include a combination of sightseeing in Florence with a short visit to the Accademia.