The statue of David is amazing - we had no idea it was so tall. It looks like something like 20 feet tall plus it's on a high pedestal (another 6 feet or so). It is situated beneath a glass dome skylight that lets light stream down on it. This means many people can see it at once and still get an amazing view. So, even if it is crowded, you can still really enjoy the majestic beauty of this masterpiece. It is really worth trying to see. People come in waves, so if you approach David and it is crowded, walk around and come back. We had several chances to come back and see him up close. There are other lovely art pieces to see as well as David. Having said this, be smart. Do not just show up and expect to walk in during tourist season - in early July the ticket purchase line was long and because they limit the number of people they let in at a time, it seemed to be moving really slow - even after 5 pm as we exited. We reserved our tickets online before leaving home. Then, in the morning we went to the Uffizi Gallery and picked up our tickets for both the Uffizi and Academia Gallerys at the same time. So, when we went to the Academia we just had a short wait in the reserved ticket line. So glad we didn't miss this.
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