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“Will go back for David one day”

Accademia di Belle Arti
Ranked #83 of 642 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed April 11, 2014

first thing , accademia is much more than David, but MichaelAngelo's masterpiece sure dwarves everything. We went on a guided tour as I was scared of the big lines & lucky I did. Our tour guide made sure we understood that it was just much much more than David.
for the statue of David, One word.. Marvellous. it is perfection. true mark of the Master Sculptor.

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Reviewed April 6, 2014

Seeing Michelangelo's utterly spectacular and iconic "David" was worth the price of admission, even if it was the only art piece to see. Still, there were plenty of other religious paintings and sculptures there to keep you interested. We were particularly fascinated by the short video that demonstrated how sculptors, including these fine masters, made plaster casts of the sculptures as a "first draft". I had no idea they did that! There is an entire room filled with these plaster casts, as evidenced by the pin or nail holes that helped the sculptor scale his sculpture. Interesting!!

You won't have to worry about people getting in front of you to spoil your photo of David since photography is forbidden throughout this museum. Copyrights, don't you know. Still, it was nice to simply enjoy the magnificence that is David. Give yourself 1-1.5 hours here, more if you're a religious art enthusiast.

The line in mid-March was quite short, but most guide books suggest getting your tickets well in advance so you can skip the queue. The Firenze pass will allow you entry and skip the queue, but you'll have to decide if the €72 to be used in 72 hours is worth the cost. Here is a website where you can get more info about the Firenze pass, which I would surely consider if you're visiting during the high tourist season. Who wants to spend all their vacation time standing in endless queues?? http://www.firenzecard.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=105&lang=en

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Reviewed March 29, 2014

Buy your tickets ahead of time. I hate lining up only to have people try to jump the line. There are A LOT of websites that will try to sell them, but buy them here http://www.b-ticket.com/b-ticket/uffizi/venueAccademia.aspx it's the official one. Buying them ahead of time is important if you are going in the summer. This museum is significantly smaller than the Uffizi. However, go to see David. It was breathtaking. The downside is that you can't take photos of David. Please be aware of this when you go. There is a replica outside the museum you can take photos with.

3  Thank j0squared
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

Michelangelo's huge statue of David is the centrepiece of this museum. It has to be seen up close to be believed. The detail is incredible. Some of the paintings are good, but mostly religious art and all became a bit of a blur. Still you have to see David.

1  Thank Phil C
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We bought our tickets ahead of time online (www.firenzemusei.it is the official site, and you can also get tickets to the Uffizi here) but it probably wasn't necessary for late February at 3:30 in the afternoon. The line to get in wasn't long at all. The museum is much smaller than the Uffizi, which was nice since we were already pretty tired. We listened to the Rick Steves audio download while looking which was very helpful. Seeing David for the first time takes your breath away!

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