Galleria dell Academia
Galleria dell Academia is one of the grand Florence museums with the most adorable artistic collection. Many artworks of highest artistic importance are housed here like the ‘David’ and other world famous sculptures of Michelangelo and many other prominent artworks of Italian artists. Besides Michelangelo who serves as the principal attraction of the museum there is a rich collection of renaissance paintings as well that make tourists around the world flock here besides other places on their itinerary during tours to Florence.
The principal attraction of Galleria dell Academia is the famous Michelangelo sculpture of David which alone made this museum an irreplaceable spot on a Florence tour itinerary. Besides David, the museum also houses some other famous artworks of Michelangelo like the unfinished statue of Saint Matthew and four sculptures of Prisoners, which remained also unfinished. The stupendous sculpture of David that dominates the museum as the center of attractions is described as one of the few most celebrated works of art in the world. Besides the works of Michelangelo a great array of Florentine paintings and works of high renaissance period adore this gallery. Several works of Florentine painters like Paulo Uccello, Sandro Borticelli and Andrea Del Sarto are exhibited here. Boticelli’s Madona of the Sea, Giambologna’s plaster work ‘Rape of the Sabine Woman’, are a few of the famous artworks on display here.
Galleria dell Academia is just a ten minutes walk from the main train station and next to Piazza San Marco. Frequent trams and buses are there, though a brisk walk up to the museum is best enjoyed.
Timing and Tickets
The gallery remains open from 8.15 in the morning to 6.50 in the evening except Mondays. It remains closed for the visitors on 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. The entrance ticket to the museum is priced at E 6.50; though European Union citizens aged over 65 and children below 18 the tickets can be purchased at a reduced rate of E 3.25 Euro.