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“David and so much more”
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Accademia Gallery
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Skip-the-Line Florence Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo's David Ticket
Ranked #6 of 443 things to do in Florence
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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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“David and so much more”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

But David is why you are going there so let's cut to the chase. We were fortunate to have a tour guide and learned a lot about how the statue was built.

Notice David's weight is shifted to one leg and that is significant: the marble is strongest with a "brace" like the leg and the marble wood piece behind that dominant leg, necessary to support the weight of that massive marble piece.

Notice David's scornful brow and how his head is facing left towards Rome (which is an intentional affront to the Medici family who relocated to Rome from Florence), and a further statement by the community that they will be in control of their city and their affairs, not Rome. A politcal statement for the times, to be sure.

Take some time to appreciate the fine muscular artistry and feel the energy in that hand holding the shot while the sling is cast over David's shoulder.

There are several other marble pieces, sort of works in progress, where you can see the human forms escaping the confines of the marble and it almost looks like they are emerging from the stone, intact and whole, only stepping out of the rock.

Michelangelo was a teen ager when he insulted the work of an older teen apprentice and got a smack in the nose for a reply. His nose broke and you'll see a self-portrait of a flat-nosed artist who was to bear that disfigurement his whole life. So now you know why he looks like that.

Visited September 2012
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

It is an amazing sculpture but the fact that an almost perfect duplicate resides down the street outside the Palazzo Vecchio was somewhat amusing. Also amusing is the camera police whose sole responsibility is to prevent tourists from photographing David in the museum...I got 11 shots off and no reprimands. All that said, he is breath-taking and an amazing work of art.

Visited September 2012
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“don't even consider going without a reservation”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

We visited in the shoulder season, last week of September. We went there one day, studied the queue scene, talked to people sitting on the sidewalks, then went to the little shop and bought tickets for next day. (They also sold reservations for the Uffizi.) Even with reservations in hand (or the Florence Pass) we had to wait in line, but only for half an hour. The people without reservations, in the queue which did'nt move, told us they had been waiting for more than three and a half hours. They did not look very happy. There's nowhere to sit except on the sidewalk. There's very little information while you're standing in line.
All that being said, yes, this is one of the world's great museums with so much to see and wonder at. Come prepared!

Visited September 2012
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“Endure the queue to see David”
Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

Just to see David and early statues in progress. Not much else. Long wait even for reserved ticket. But David is awesome sight.

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

It's true that this is a masterpiece; when I saw it in person I did have tears in my eyes. Imagine all this from a huge piece of carrara marble just waiting to come out by Michelangelo 600 years ago. A must see!!.

Visited September 2012
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