Michelangelo's David

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Top 5 facts about Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo's masterpiece is one of the world's most recognizable sculptures. Located at Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze, tours of the museum reveal a defining moment in Renaissance art – but there's a fascinating history behind David too!

  • He was commissioned for the Florence Cathedral

    1. He was commissioned for the Florence Cathedral

    Originally intended to stand among other stone sculptures on the cathedral's roof, the 6-ton statue was too heavy to raise. It was placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio instead.

  • Michelangelo was the third sculptor to work on him

    2. Michelangelo was the third sculptor to work on him

    The sculpture was started by Agostino di Duccio in 1463, before work briefly continued under a soon-fired Antonio Rossellino. Michelangelo was employed to finish the work in 1501.

  • He glares towards Rome

    3. He glares towards Rome

    David's confident stare is directed towards Firenze's strongest rival -- Rome. The city was one of many neighboring powers that threatened the Republic of Florence's sovereignity.

  • He was bricked up during World War II

    4. He was bricked up during World War II

    David was wrapped in cloth and entombed in brick as part of Italian efforts to protect their historic artworks from bomb damage. Michelangelo's Moses received the same treatment!

  • His toes were broken with a hammer

    5. His toes were broken with a hammer

    In 1991 Piero Cannata attacked the statue with a hammer he'd concealed under his jacket, breaking the second toe of the left foot. Police described the 47-year-old as "deranged."

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Galleria dell'Accademia is open between 8:15AM and 6:50PM from Tuesday to Sunday.

  • How to get there?

    The Galleria dell'Accademia can be easily reached by many different bus routes to the stops Ss. Annunziata - Istituto Degli Innocent, Piazza di San Marco, San Marco Rettorato, or Cavour. Michelangelo's David is located in the museum's Hall of the Prisoners.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tues - Sun: 8:15AM - 6:50PM
  • Is it expensive?
    Around 15 Euros. Price varies whether you book online or purchase at the ticket office.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not necessarily, but consider this... is there anything better in the world than an enthusiastic Italian tour guide?
  • How to get there
    Florence is rather walkable so you easily go there by foot. Numerous bus lines also stop in front of the Galleria.
  • Additional information
    Make sure to pre-book your tickets! The David is an especially popular attraction.

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What people are saying about Michelangelo's David

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,520 reviews

My guide was very informative and knowledgeable. Very friendly as well. The price was well worth the time I spent with Rosa (sorry if I misspelled I'm terrible with names haha) as my guide. I liked that the tour was not just about David and all the history involved.

Simple museum to find in the lovely city of Florence. Would advise an early visit as you'll get better photos. Plenty more to see and read. We managed to see and read all in just over an hour.

Rosa was wonderful and very knowledgeable. It was amazing seeing the galleries. David is the best piece of art I’ve ever seen, pictures just aren’t enough. Definitely recommend!

Fantastic combination of museums, and the times were just right. The time slot of the Accademia was 14:00 and of the Uffizi at 15:30.

We liked not having to wait because we were only in Florence for a short time!