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“Informative and absorbing”
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Accademia Gallery
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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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“Informative and absorbing”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Everyone clearly comes to the Accademia to see Michaelangelo's David, and it is the highlight, but that isn't all there is to this wonderful gallery. Do take the time to have a look around at the other works on display, both paintings and sculpture. We were very impressed with the descriptions for the artwork, each work was accompanied by a narrative that was very detailed including technical and interpretative aspects for each (it was also amusingly flowery at times!) It helped us to appreciate the works that much more.

As for David, you have to see it to appreciate the sheer scale and artistry involved, it really is worth the entry fee. Everyone that I saw respected the 'no photographs' rule, which was heartening! When we visited it was relatively quiet, but it was low season (and we waltzed right in thanks to the Firenze card!) - if you're going in summer, be prepared for a queue.

Visited February 2013
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“The Ambassador's Residence”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Yes, the Accademia is really the residence of Florence's unofficial cultural ambassador, Michelangelo's renowned statue of David. Once you've paid homage to his magnificence, you won't want to miss the series of other Michaelangelo statues referred to as "The Prisoners" because of the way the sculptor's chisel "frees" the figures from the stone. There are also galleries of some nice (but not extraordinary) paintings and sculptures by noteworthy artists, better examples of which you will find at the Uffizi and other venues around town.

Visited February 2013
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“The star of Florence”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

A visit with David at his home at the Accademia should be one of the top 3 items on your must-see list for Florence. No crowds when we went in February, but I highly recommend getting their early in the day. Probably my favorite of Michelagelo's works, David really comes alive as you circumnavigate the 17-foot tall statue. Only one word can describe him: sublime.

Visited February 2013
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“Nice to see it in February without the crowds”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Just because it's the famous David and you know there will be hordes of tourists crowding your view is NOT a reason to miss this masterpiece. Michelangelo's muscular "buff" version of David will make you want to go home and start exercising more!

Visited February 2013
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“David is the highlight, but there is more to this museum”
Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

David is of course the reason to go and certainly the highlight of this museum. Great exhibition room after David highlighting sculpture. There is no photography allowed which is frustrating, but if you are discreet and don't use your flash and are not in direct line of sight (using a phone is more subtle) you'll be able to get a shot or two of the David masterpiece. On the second floor we watched a very interesting short film (about 15 minutes) on the methofology of painting on panels including the use of gold leaf. Helped to appreciate all the effort that went into these works. You can do the whole museum in a little over an hour without rushing.

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