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“Go early!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Accademia Gallery

Accademia Gallery
Via Ricasoli 58 - 60, 50122 Florence, Italy
055 2388612
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Ranked #6 of 224 Attractions in Florence
Type: Art Museums, Museums, Monuments/ Statues
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Europe's first school of drawing, this museum of art is chiefly famous for its several sculptures by Michelangelo, notably his David, in addition to an extensive collection of 15th- and 16th-century paintings.
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“Go early!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Recently, the museum has moved many other of Michaelangelo's sculpture in the hallway leading to the David (at least, since my visit last year). This is one of the most recognized symbols of Florence and well worth seeing. There are also other things to see in the museum: magnificent examples of Early Italian Renaissance paintings, in addition to numerous other important works of art. On this visit, there was a reproduction of the David in the courtyard that was done full scale in plastic, with painted pink skin, blue eyes and yellow hair - rather shocking as it looked like the work of a vandal, but it was noteworthy (got in this review!).

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“Seeing David”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

I went to Florence with my mother for holiday. We both were so surprised how tall the Statue of David was. The detail of the statue was so amazing. Even if you do not like to look at Art, this is a must see.

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“Hard to believe it's a piece of marble”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Many people don't realize that the statue of David in Piazza della Signoria (where David was originally located) is not the real thing. It is worth the expense and the wait (at least once) to see the Michelangelo's original in the Academia. It is perfectly located under a small cupola and you're able to walk all the way around it and marvel at the genius that created it. As a former world history teacher I have to also add...do the research ahead of time so you can really appreciate what Michelangelo did.

Visited October 2012
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Visited with a friend, and fortunately we were able to book via a tour group which meant avoiding the long queue and getting a guided tour once inside!

Pictures don't do this piece of art any justice! It's simply magnificent when you see David up close!

The attention to detail is unbelievable, and it just amazes the mind just how something so spectacular can be created from stone!

One of Florence's highlights! AMAZING

Visited July 2012
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

I've seen a lot of masterpieces in my day, but nothing has ever literally taken my breath away. I stood there, captivated, almost expecting the statue to move it's so real for close to an hour. Regardless of how long the line is, be sure to see David (and the unfinished works on Michelangelo) if you have the chance (I missed it my first time here).

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