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

Very good tour taking you along the main highlights (statues/palaces/Dante area) of Florence in 2 hours, ending at the Academia to marvel at the original David statue. Interesting background into the different eras (middle ages/renaissance/baroque) and stories about the Medici family and Florence’s famous artists. Audio system worked very well, allowing to hear the guide while on the move and to get the best view of the highlights. English proficiency was excellent. Very much enjoyed the tour!

The museum experience was great but there was no "skip the line" because we were waiting in line for almost 30 minutes so it was not was we expected, especially in 33 degrees outside. Other then that all was great. The air conditioning was great too!!

We had such a lovely time with our guide (i believe her name was Sophia) she was very knowledgeable and did an amazing job at explaining and conveying her enthusiasm for the pieces to us all.

The experience was wonderful. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided an amazing tour. We will definitely come back and recommend it to others.

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of David. Highly recommended.