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“Like a miracle to be there”
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Accademia Gallery
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Skip-the-Line Florence Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo's David Ticket
Ranked #6 of 631 things to do in Florence
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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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“Like a miracle to be there”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

The Firenze ticket is the way to go for all the major museums in Florence unless you enjoy waiting in line.

Walking through the long hall with Michelangelo's unfinished slaves and pieta, and then seeing the David at the end is a very powerful experience. I'm an artist and was very happy to sit and draw Michelangelo's masterpiece for a couple of hours before seeing the rest of the museum.

Don't miss the Dutch exhibit: there are some wonderful pieces to see. I was especially happy to be able to get close enough to see brushstrokes in the adequately lit spaces. The protective glass over the paintings allows viewers to get close without fear of damaging the art. As an artist, I really appreciate being able to do that.

Be sure to pack along a water bottle and a granola bar or something for sustenance. I didn't see any kind of snack bar at the museum and as is typical in the whole city, there are no public water fountains.

Visited March 2013
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“It's worth a visit!”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

This is worth a visit but make sure that you book tickets in advance as you may have to wait in a queue to get in. The statue itself is well made and amazing to view, but the rest of the museum is just ok. Keep in mind that I have visited alot of Italy so I have seen a lot of this stuff before so if you're a new visitor to Italy then take the time to check out the rest of the museum - it will only take you about 20 minutes anyway.

We downloaded an audio tour from Rick Stein's website which was helpful to pinpoint the interesting things about the statue so I highly suggest you do that. Otherwise just read up about the statue beforehand as it has an interesting history.

Visited March 2013
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“Breathtaking, worth the queue in the rain for.”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Amazing, a bit pricy, but it is worth it.
Could get quite close to the statue, I liked how the museum restricted numbers of visitors at a time so you could spend a lot of time taking in the beauty with out feeling like you were surrounded by tourists.

Visited March 2013
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“The hype is justified”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

If you're in Florence, you have to see this. I admire art, and though I have seen quite a lot of it, I would not consider myself to be an enthusiast. This piece, though, stands apart from the rest. Once you see it in person, you will instantly see what all the fuss is about. It's perfect and stunning.

We spent a long time just gazing at The David in silence. It really is a striking piece. The rest of the museum is a little unmemorable, but everyone knows that you're paying to see The David.

If you're here, see it.

Visited December 2012
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“Must see in Florence”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

You must see the statute to get the experience of seeing it up close and realizing how incredible it is. If you visit Florence in the spring or winter, the crowds are not bad at all so you can get in the Academia much quicker.

Visited March 2013
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