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“David is breathtaking” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Accademia di Belle Arti

Accademia di Belle Arti
Via Ricasoli 66, 50122 Florence, Italy
055 215449 – 055 2398660
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Ranked #31 of 214 Attractions in Florence
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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“David is breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

We nearly did not get here having visited the ufizzi and so many other wonderful things but we dragged ourselves there at the end of the day at about 6 in the evening and I am so glad we made it. There were few other tourists at that time and the statue of David is breathtaking. There is something about the vast size in a room which makes the statue even more powerful and astonishing. A must see.
We got the Firenze card which spurred us on to see as much as possible and we may not have gone to the academia without it. Although we did look at the other Michelangelo statues we had seen one to many paintings by this time. It just means we have to go back to Florence one day to enjoy the medieval paintings more.

Visited October 2013
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“Worth the Effort to See David”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

As others have written, prebook this museum. The four Euro fee is worth it if your time in Florence is limited. On the other hand, if you don't mind waiting, the 11 Euro fee is the standard. In October, the line wasn't too long. (When you consider that the price for the Uffizi and the Accademia are usually the same, the Uffizi looks like a bargain because it offers so much more. If you can choose only one of the two, choose the Uffizi.)

The museum's main attraction is Michelangelo's "David." While there are reproductions in two other locations (in front of the Palazzo Vecchio and at the Piazzale Michelangelo overlooking the city from across the Arno), the real thing is a must see, even for the frugal traveler. The museum also houses Michelangelo's unfinished slaves, a limited collection of medieval and Renaissance religious art, and an interesting, although not spectacular, collection of musical instruments.

For most visitors about 90 minutes will be plenty of time for a visit to the Accademia.

Visited October 2013
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“David makes this a must-see...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Make sure you pre-book your tickets for this attraction. You'll still have to wait a bit, but at least you will get in and the wait won't be nearly as long.

This is a tutorial of master sculpture. I had always wondered how the masters could take a chunk of marble and make such amazing works of art from them. You get to learn the steps the masters take and even get to see some of Michelangelo's own progression sculptures of works in progress, but that were never finished.

Then there is David. Frankly, this is worth the charge of admission alone. Its sheer size and pretty much perfection.......wow, just WOW!!!

Visited June 2013
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“Worth your time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The museum is home to "David" but also has other statues and an interesting room with casts that explain how the statues were made. Buy your ticket in advance to avoid long lines. There are still lines--but not as terrible as the ones for people who don't have tickets.

Visited September 2013
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“Home of the Real David”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Buy a timed pass - our hotel arranged it, it costs a little more than buying a ticket at the door. It avoided a long line up at 9:15 in the morning. You change your hotel pass for a 'ticket' at a little shop across the street from the Accademia - it was a little confusing.
OR check out the Firenze Pass depending on how long you are going to be in Florence the Firenze Pass is good for 72 hours - 69 Euros -allows one entrance to about 60 museums) - we thought it was expense and we would not got to enough places in 72 hours to get our moneys worth.
The David is amazing make sure you walk all the way around it. The Accademia has beautiful artwork from around 1500 - we admire but not really out taste in art. There is an audio tour available, you have to have ID - drivers licence or passport - we tend not to carry more than a credit card - so we bought the Offical Guide for a couple of Euros more and we got to bring it home with us.

Visited September 2013
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