Get closer to the most famous sculpture in the world.
Admire the outstanding Accademia Gallery and walk along its rooms, with a passionate certified local guide.
The gallery’s fame sweeps through the world also because of MICHELANGELO and the museum its-self is a sort of mausoleum dedicated to the painter, sculptor, and architect consecrated by generations of art historians and writers.
Walking through this old friary hospital of San Matthew, discover the genius and his creations: from the PRIGIONI or SLAVES (Incomplete) sculptures of the difficulty of the artist in carving out the figure and emblematic masterpiece of the struggle of man to free the spirit from matter to the his iconicmasterpiece, the gigantic biblical hero, DAVID.
Complete your tour with the wonderful RATTO DELLE SABINE by Giambologna and your guide talking about paintings, sculptures in the Gipsoteca (the hall of models).
In front of the entrance of Accademy Gallery, via Ricasoli
– The entrance ticket is not included. Please note to bring 16€ (cash) per booked person. Your entrance is guaranteed.
– The museum doesn’t have a cloakroom, therefore entrance is not allowed to visitors with large bags, backpack, helmets, etc.
– Water bottles are allowed if not exceeding 0.5 l.
– In a semi-private tour you share your guide with a few other tour goers. As our groups are always kept small, all participants will still have plenty of opportunity to interact with our guide.
Meet your guide in front of Accademia Gallery in via Riccasoli (15 minutes from the train station Santa Maria Novella). Look for the guide with yellow CITYWALKERS umbrella.
Le Prigioni (Slaves)
Check Michelangelo’s “non-finito” (or incomplete) masterpieces, magnificent illustrations of the difficulty of the artist in carving out the figure from the block of marble and emblematic of the struggle of man to free the spirit from matter.
Listen to the history of the symbol of the Florentine Republic’s strength. Much like David facing Goliath, the Republic was in fact threatened by stronger states on all sides, so when David was placed outside the city government buildings in the Piazza della Signoria this connection solidified itself in the public’s mind.
Hall of Models (Gipsoteca Bartolini) contains a collection of various plaster-cast models made by sculptor Bartolini and Pampaloni in the 19th century. These plaster cast models were actually used to help give their ideas a shape before carving into the marble blocks.
Ratto delle Sabine and Paintings
Listen to the history of Giambologna's masterpiece "Ratto delle Sabine" made from a single block of marble. The history dates back to the beginning of the Roman Empire! In this section of the museum you will also find some 14th century Florentine paintings, ranging between 1370 and 1420, masterpieces of late Gothic Florentine period.
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