How to See the Statue of David

Where to See the Statue of David in Florence

This post will help you find Michelangelo’s David in Florence, including two entirely free opportunities to see the statue and information on how you can see the original work of art.

The statue of David is known worldwide as one of the finest works of art ever created, and it’s an excellent example of a Renaissance period sculpture.
 

David by Michelangelo in The Gallery of the Accademia

 

Over the years since its creation, David came to represent the defense of civil liberties in Florence, and it became world-famous due to its incredible attention to detail and focus on realism.

  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Accademia Gallery
  • Tickets to the Accademia Gallery
  • Free Tours of Accademia Gallery

How to See the Statue of David

There are multiple ways to see this famous Renaissance statue in Florence, and we will be covering each opportunity below.

We’ll start off with both of the copies of Michelangelo’s work which are free to enjoy.




1. Statue of David at Accademia Gallery

If you want to see the original sculpture of Michelangelo’s David, it’s located in the Accademia Gallery, a museum filled with many other beautiful and historic works of art.

Although entry is ticketed, there are many ways to save money on admission to the Accademia Gallery which we will cover below.

This museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:15 am – 6:15 pm (18:15). The gallery is closed on Mondays. It is also closed on January 1st and December 25th.

The Accademia Gallery is also open late (until 10 pm) Tuesdays & Thursdays between June-September.

Tickets are usually 12€ for adults and 6€ for educators and EU citizens between the age of 18-25.


2. Statue of David at Piazza della Signoria

Whether you’re trying to save money or you just want to see every version of Michelangelo’s David in Florence, it’s definitely worth visiting Piazza della Signoria to see this incredible copy of the sculpture.

 

Statue of David at Piazza della Signoria

 

This is one of two free opportunities to see the David statue for free, and it’s also arguably the most historic location.

After all, this is where the original statue once stood for centuries before being moved to the Accademia Gallery.

You’ll find this almost perfect copy of Michelangelo’s David right in front of Palazzo Vecchio, just South of the Fontana del Nettuno in Piazza della Signoria.

This piazza is included on our free self-guided tour of Florence, so if you’re interested in learning about the history of the city as well, consider using our tour as a guide.


3. Statue of David at Piazzale Michelangelo

This is the third and final location where you’ll find a copy of Michelangelo’s David.

If you’re interested in getting a good look at the city, you’ll probably want to visit this piazzale anyways.

 

 

In addition to the statue, which you’ll find at the center of Piazzale Michelangelo, you can also see the entire city from here, including Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, and Brunelleschi’s Dome.

Even if you’re planning to see the David in Piazza della Signoria or the original sculpture at Accademia Gallery, we recommend visiting this location to enjoy the views.

Free Walking Tour Florence

Free Walking Tour Florence

There are essentially 4 types of free walking tours in Florence (Firenze), a city overview tour, tours focused on the Renaissance, museums, and sunset tours.

This post is an overview of all of your options, including what you will see on each tour, as well as which companies offer them. Read more »

Uffizi Gallery Tickets and Discounts

Uffizi Gallery Tickets and Discounts

This post is a guide to Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, including how to get tickets and discounts. This post is current for 2020.

 

 


GUIDE TO UFFIZI GALLERY

The Uffizi Gallery is home to collections of paintings from the 14th-century and Renaissance periods. Our favorite is Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, but you can also find works of Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raffaello, to name a few. It is also home to some incredible ancient sculptures.  It is one of the most important and most visited Italian museums.

 

 

About the Uffizi Gallery

The art collection of the Uffizi Gallery was once owned by the ruling house of Medici and was gifted to the city of Florence when the house died out. While the collection has been visited upon request since the 16th century, it wasn’t open to the public until 1765. It has been a formal museum since 1865 and is visited by just over two million guests annually from all around the world.

Today the Uffizi Gallery is right next to Piazza ell Signoria. It takes up the first two floors of the large building its in, a building designed by Giorgio Vasari and constructed between 1560 and 1580.


Getting Tickets 

Ticket prices for seeing the Uffizi Gallery are dependant on what time of year you come. It is more expensive in the busy season (March-November):

Hours: Tuesday- Sunday: 8:15am- 6:50pm(18:50). The gallery is closed on Mondays. It is also closed on January 1st & December 25th.

Price: (March 1- October 31): Regular- 12€, Reduced (EU Citizens aged 18+)- 2€, (November 1- February 28): Regular- 20€, Reduced- 2€

Who qualifies for a reduced price: Free admission is available for all children under 18 years; persons with disabilities; scholars; student groups and teachers. For a whole list of who qualified for a reduced price, click here.


Discounts 

Check out our City Pass post to learn about all the discounts you can score while visiting Florence. Below is a list of discounts specifically for the Uffizi Gallery.

  • Florence Turbo Pass: Includes a lot of skip-the-line admission for popular attractions, including the Uffizi Gallery.
  • Firenze Card: Valid for 3 days, this is a museum pass that includes a lot of attractions, including the Accademia Gallery, and offers priority access (skip-the-line).
  • Florence City Pass: Includes hop-on-hop-off bus and 2-way airport transfer, as well as admission to the Uffizi Gallery (skip-the-line).

You can also save a lot by combining different activities:

  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tour + Uffizi Gallery
    • 24-Hour Bus Tour: €70/Adults | €59/Children
    • 48-Hour Bus Tour: €75/Adults | €60/Children
    • Includes a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery.
    • Purchase tickets or learn more.

 

  • Uffizi Gallery + Florence Walking Tour
    • €64/Adults | €55/Youth, Students | €37/Kids | €60/Seniors
    • Includes a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery.
    • Includes cappuccino or gelato before the tour.
    • Purchase tickets or learn more.

 

  • Uffizi Gallery + Accademia Gallery + Florence Walking Tour
    • €88/Adults | €86/Youth, Students, Seniors | €65/Kids
    • Includes a guided tour of both galleries.
    • Includes a free bottle of water or ice cream.
    • Includes free souvenir.
    • Purchase tickets or learn more.

There are also several free admission days you will want to check for before your visit! Click here to learn how to get into the Uffizi Gallery on free admission days. Below are the free dates for 2020:

  • National Museum Week (check online)
  • January 5, 2020
  • February 2, 2020
  • March 1, 2020
  • March 25*
  • May 27*
  • June 2*: Italian Republic Day.
  • June 24*: Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist, Patron Saint of Florence.
  • August 12*: Commemoration of the Fire occurred at the Uffizi
  • October 11*
  • October 31*
  • November 6*

*Some of the observed days might land on dates that the gallery is closed. In those cases, the free day will display online, usually the day before or after. To learn more about the free admission days and why they are observed, click here.


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What to See

We mentioned that the Uffizi Gallery is home to Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. This artwork is renowned around the world, but there are others worth coming out to see. We listed some below that we think you’ve heard of and won’t want to miss:


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Florence Accademia Gallery Tickets and Discounts

Florence Accademia Gallery Tickets and Discounts

This post is a guide to Accademia Gallery, including how to get tickets and discounts. This post is current for 2020.

 


GUIDE TO GALLERIA DELL’ACCADEMIA DI FIRENZE

The Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, or “Gallery of the Academy of Florence”, is the second most visited art museum in Florence, Italy. You might have heard of it because it is home to Michaelangelo’s David sculpture.

 

 

ABOUT THE ACCADEMIA GALLERY

Galleria dell’Accademia was founded in 1784 by Pietro Leopoldo, Grand Duke of Tuscany. While most tourists flock to it to see David, there are other sculptures by Michelangelo, as well as paintings by Florentine artists from the Trecento period to the Late Renaissance (1300-1600). It is smaller and more specialized than the Uffizi Gallery but still boasts over a million visitors each year.


GETTING TICKETS

Buy your tickets in advance! People will wait in line for hours during the busy periods for tickets. By purchasing your tickets online you save time by going in through a much shorter line, giving you more time to enjoy the exhibits inside.

Purchasing Beforehand: We recommend purchasing your ticket beforehand online here. You will pick up tickets on site.

You can also purchase tickets by phone by calling Tel. +39 055 294883. Be advised, there is a 4€ service charge for booking by phone!

Hours: Tuesday- Sunday: 8:15am- 6:50pm(18:50). The gallery is closed on Mondays. It is also closed January 1st and December 25th.

The Accademia Gallery is also open late (until 10pm) Tuesdays & Thursdays between June-September.

Price: Regular- 16€, Reduced- 6€.


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DISCOUNTS

The Academia Gallery offers free admission days! The program of free admission days is available online. These include the first Sunday of every month from October- March.

The Gallery is also free to enter Museum Week (check online for exact dates) occurring in March of each year.

You can also save a lot with City Passes! Check out our City Pass post to learn about all the discounts you can score while visiting Florence. Below is a list of discounts specifically for the Accademia Gallery.

  • Florence Turbopass: Includes a lot of skip-the-line admission for popular attractions, including the Accademia Gallery.
  • Firenze Card: Valid for 3 days, this is a museum pass that includes a lot of attractions, including the Accademia Gallery, and offers priority access (skip-the-line).
  • Florence City Pass: Includes hop-on-hop-off bus and 2-way airport transfer, as well as admission to the Accademia Gallery (skip-the-line).

You can also save a lot by combining different activities:

  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tour + Accademia Gallery
    • 24-Hour Bus Tour: €60/Adults | €48/Children
    • 48-Hour Bus Tour: €65/Adults | €50/Children
    • Includes a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery.
    • Purchase tickets or learn more.
  • Accademia Gallery + Florence Walking Tour
  • Uffizi Gallery + Accademia Gallery + Florence Walking Tour
    • €88/Adults | €86/Youth, Students, Seniors | €65/Kids
    • Includes a guided tour of both galleries.
    • Includes a free bottle of water or ice cream.
    • Includes free souvenir.
    • Purchase tickets or learn more.

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WHAT TO SEE

Most people come to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David, but there’s so much more to see! We decided to list some art you might recognize to entice you into visiting the Accademia Gallery:

 


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3 Days in Florence

This is a sample 3-day Florence itinerary and is meant as a guide to help you plan out your stay to maximize the value of your time. You could also use this as a 1 or 2 day Florence itinerary. 

 

Florence is a very walkable city with plenty of things to do. While you can squeeze a lot of stops into one day, we broke down the top things to do in Florence into 3 leisurely days so you can better enjoy your trip.   

Of course, we hope that you will consider a pay-what-you-like Florence walking tours.

We also recommend you purchase a city discount pass to get the most out of your trip for cheaper! 

 

 


DAY 1 IN FLORENCE

Breakfast- Italians love drinking espresso or cappuccinos. Luckily, espressos tend to be pretty cheap at around 1€, so don’t feel guilty about enjoying a few! You can pair it with a delicious pastry for a quick sit-in breakfast or on the go. 

We recommend exploring the Uffizi Gallery on your first day. It is home to collections of paintings from the 14th-century and Renaissance periods. Our favorite is Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, but you can also find works of Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raffaello, to name a few.

The gallery opens at 8:15am, and we recommend arriving then. As long as you have purchased your ticket beforehand, getting in should be a breeze before the crowds get too busy. We recommend spending 2-3 hours here. 

 

 

Lunch- You’re probably hungry for lunch now. Make your way to All’antico Vinaio, just a 4-minute walk away for a panini sandwich. They are highly recommended and while lines can get long, they go fast so don’t be intimidated! 

After lunch, we recommend meeting up for a free walking tour at Piazza Santa Maria Novella at 2:30pm (14:30), a 12-minute walk away.

We love this name-your-own-price tour by Free Tour Florence- Another Florence. It’s the best way to immerse yourself in the city and see it through the eyes of locals. Your guide is also a great resource for answering questions and offering dining recommendations. Speaking of food, there will be free samples of local fare included on this tour! 

 

 

Mercato Centrale, or the central market, is a 7-minute walk away and a great place to stop next to pick up picnic essentials- and don’t forget the wine! The downstairs of the market has locals selling picnic essentials like meats and cheeses. Upstairs is like a food court, a perfect spot if you need an afternoon caffeine pick-me-up at one of their cafes. 

Make your way south through the Palazza Della Signoria to see the replica of Michelangelo’s David statue. We recommend doing the Galleria de Academia, where the original statue is, on the next day if you have time. This one is good enough if you’ve only got one day in Florence because it feels like you saw the real thing.

Make your way across the Ponte Vecchi bridge, and admire the gold and jewelry shops along the way. 

 

 

 

Now that you are across the river, head to Piazzale Michelangelo. This plaza has a bronze replica of David and also the best view of Florence. We recommend timing it so that you make it in time for sunset, where you can enjoy your picnic and take in the incredible sight of the city! 

 


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DAY 2 IN FLORENCE

Things to Do in Florence

For day 2 of Florence, begin at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also popularly referred to as the Duomo. It is the beautiful cathedral in the heart of Florence. It’s an iconic place to take pictures in front of and it beautiful inside as well!

Going inside is free, and if you want to climb the 463 steps to the top of the bell tower you can by purchasing the OPA Pass for 18 €. 

By today you’re probably a bit tired and will need a sweet pick-me-up. We recommend gelato! There are a number of places to go to, Carabè Firenze being nearby and highly rated. 

Spend the afternoon in the Galleria dell’Accademia, a 6-minute walk away. The Galleria dell’Accademia is one of the most visited museums in Florence and is where Michelangelo’s David sculpture is, although there’s plenty more incredible artwork there to see. Give yourself around 2 hours for this museum. 

For dinner, go to a place recommended by your guide from your Florence free walking tour

 


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DAY 3 IN FLORENCE

Start day 3 in Florence at the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. The Pitti Palace was once the home to the Medici family and is now the home of incredible Renaissance artwork.

The Palace is divided into four museums: the Treasury of the Grand Dukes on the ground floor, the Palatine Gallery and the Imperial and Royal Apartments on the first floor, the Modern Art Gallery and the Museum of Costume and Fashion on the second floor. Entering the garden is extra, but we promise you won’t want to miss it! 

From there, cross back over the Ponte Vecchi for a 20-minute walk to Santa Croce Basilica, which is the burial place of notable people of Florence, including Michelangelo, Rossi, and even Galileo Galilei. The Santa Croce Basilica also has beautiful artwork to enjoy as you tour it, and the Piazza Santa Croce outside has eateries to relax and have a bite to eat at. 

 

 

Since it’s your last day, make sure you stop at the Porcellino, or “The Bronze Hog” on your way to the San Lorenzo Market. Stopping at this boar fountain has become a tradition, and you must place a coin in its mouth.  If the coin slides out and ends up in the grate, you will successfully return to Florence!

Others say you must make a wish as it comes out and if it falls through the grate it will come true. In any case, it’s a great spot to snap pictures. 

Make your way up back to the San Lorenzo Market. You might have gone there on day 1 for the central market inside. This time, we want you to explore the leather market outside. This is the perfect place to pick up that leather jacket we know you’ve been wanting and to pick up souvenirs to take home. 

 


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Things to Do in Florence Duomo

Top 10 Things to do in Florence

This post covers the top things to do in Florence, Italy, with tips on free, nighttime as well as family-friendly activities.

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN FLORENCE

Here is our top 10 list of things to do in the city of Florence, including prices, hours, and also day and weekend trips you can take from Florence.

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1) Visit the Duomo

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also popularly referred to as the Duomo, is the beautiful cathedral in the heart of Florence. It’s an iconic place to take pictures in front of and it beautiful inside as well! Going inside is free, although the monuments around the cathedral require a ticket (sold as a single pass to visit all).

If you want to see the dome up close, you can climb the 463 steps to the top by purchasing the OPA Pass for 18 €. This pass gives you access to all of these places: Baptistery of San Giovanni, Santa Reparata, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Brunelleschi’s Dome and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. The ticket allows entry for one person to visit all the monuments once within 72 hours of visiting the first one.

The OPA Combination ticket gives you entrance to the Duomo but you need to reserve your place in line before you arrive. Once you book your time slot, the time cannot be changed. 

 

 

Out front is the Piazza del Duomo, the main square where you’ll find shops and restaurants.


2) Explore the Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is home to collections of paintings from the 14th-century and Renaissance periods. Our favorite is Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, but you can also find works of Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raffaello, to name a few.

Hours: Tuesday- Sunday: 8:15am- 6:50pm(18:50)

Price: (March 1- October 31): Regular- 12€, Reduced- 2€, (November 1- February 28): Regular- 20€, Reduced- 2€

 

 

Check online to see when they have reduced prices (usually early mornings during the off-season) and free admission days throughout the year.

 


3) See the Statue of David at the Galleria dell’Accademia

Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence and is one of the top sights to see while visiting the city! It’s where you can see Michelangelo’s David, amongst other works of art. Because of this statue, the Galleria dell’Accademia is one of the most visited museums in Florence.

This is why we recommend booking a ticket beforehand, either online or over the phone. This will save you from having to wait in long lines for a ticket!

Hours: Tuesday- Sunday: 8:15am- 6:50pm(18:50)

Price: Regular- 16€, Reduced- 6€. 

 

 

If you can’t make it into the Galleria dell’Accademia, you can see a replica of the statue of David at the Palazza della Signoria, where the original statue used to stand, and a bronze version overlooking Florence at the Piazzale Michelangelo, a place mentioned below.

 


4) Grab a Panini at All’antico Vinaio

When you ask most people where to grab a bite to eat in Florence, a lot of people will point you in the direction of this little sandwich shop. Fast, relatively cheap, and in the heart of Florence, All’antico Vinaio is a great place to stop. Lines can be long, but service is fast.

 

 

We also recommend taking a food tour! Italy is known for its incredible food, and the best way to taste the variety is with a local guide. There are a number of food tour companies, such as Secret Food Tours.

This company currently offers a Florence food tour with 8 different stops and a variety of great samples including Florentine pizza, Tuscan Pecorino cheese, Prosciutto and many more.

They also offer a Florence wine tour for anyone interested in finding the best drinks in the city. This outing allows you to try 6 different Tuscan wines at 3 different locations.

For even more options, take a look at the offerings from Florence by Foodies

 


5) Visit the Santa Croce Basilica

The Santa Croce Basilica is the burial place of notable people of Florence, including Michelangelo, Rossi, and even Galileo Galilei. There’s also a memorial to Dante, but his sarcophagus is empty as he is buried in Ravenna because of his exile from Florence.

The Santa Croce Basilica also has beautiful artwork to enjoy as you tour it, and the Piazza Santa Croce outside has eateries to relax and have a bite to eat at. 

Hours: Monday- Saturday: 9:30am – 5:30pm (17:30), Sundays and Holidays: 2pm – 5:30pm (17:30)

Price: Regular- 8€, Reduced- 6€

 

 


6) Cross the Ponte Vecchio

The Ponte Vecchio (or Vecchio Bridge) is the oldest bridge in Florence and was the only bridge across the Arno in Florence until 1218. It was rebuilt after a flood in 1345 and is the only bridge across the Arno to survive WW2. This bridge isn’t just for crossing- it’s for shopping!

Shops have been on it since the 13th century, but due to the smells from certain shops, they decided to only let jewelers and goldsmiths, stay of which there are plenty on the bridge today. This is the perfect place to shop or just window shop!

 


7) Explore Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens

The Pitti Palace was once the home to the Medici family and is now the home of incredible Renaissance artwork. The Palace is divided into four museums: the Treasury of the Grand Dukes on the ground floor, the Palatine Gallery and the Imperial and Royal Apartments on the first floor, the Modern Art Gallery and the Museum of Costume and Fashion on the second floor.

This place is a must-visit for art lovers! Learn more here

Hours: Tuesday- Sunday: 8:15am- 6:50pm(18:50)

Price: Regular- 10€, Reduced- 2€

 

 

While you’re there, be sure to visit the Boboli Gardens of the Palace. It is an extra cost, but it is beautiful and worth it!

 


8) See Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

Take the Ponte Vecchio across the Arno River to Piazzale Michelangelo, named after one of the most famous artists to be born in Florence. From this plaza, you get the best view of the city and can find a bronze copy of the artist’s famous David sculpture.

We recommend timing it to arrive at either sunrise or sunset to get the most breathtaking views of the city. You can also bring a picnic and wine to enjoy!

 

 


9) Buy Leather Goods at the San Lorenzo Market

Walking through the city, you can’t help but notice all the leather shops! There are a number of places to shop for leather goods, such as the San Lorenzo Market.

There is the inside part called the Central Market and the outside part is a leather market. You’ll find everything for luxurious leather jackets to purses and little souvenirs as well. 

 

 


10) Take a Free Walking Tour!

Let a guide take you around the heart of Florence and show you the city through a local’s eye! These pay-what-you-wish tours are perfect for those on a budget but still want to experience the most out of the city.

They’re also a wealth of knowledge for restaurant and other recommendations, which is especially handy if you don’t speak Italian.

To learn more and book your tour, click here

 

 


Bonus: Grab Some Gelato!

Italy is famous for its food, especially the gelato! Luckily there are plenty of shops all around Florence to indulge at. Taking top place is Gelateria La Carraia, which is recommended on a number of local sites. It is named after the Ponte Alla Carraia, the city’s second-oldest bridge, near where the first one opened, though there are now two locations. 


Bonus: Self-Guided Exploration Game

If you’re looking for an interesting way to learn about and discover some of the most notable sites in Florence, these games will give you the opportunity to solve a mystery as you explore the city.

There are currently three different games available in Florence, one about the Medici family and the other two focusing on the darker side of this city’s history.

 


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DAY TRIPS

Italy is easy to get around by train or car. There are also Flex buses, which are cheap options to take between cities.

Some easy day trips we’d recommend are:

  • Pisa (about 1 hour and 15 minutes driving or train)
  • Assissi (2 hours by train)
  • Siena (about 1 hour 20 minutes driving)
  • Val d’Orchia (about 2 hours away from Florence driving)

WEEKEND TRIPS

For bigger cities, we recommend taking the weekend to explore them. There are easy to get to by car or train:

  • Milan-  Go shopping and visit the Duomo di Milano.
  • Venice- Explore this canal city and explore St. Mark’s Square.

Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tours in Florence

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours of Florence

This post will provide details about hop on hop off bus tours you can take in Florence, including information about ticket prices, stops included and how to save money on admission.

 

 


PROS AND CONS

There are a lot of great reasons to consider taking a hop on hop off bus tour, but this service isn’t necessarily going to meet everyone’s expectations. 

With that in mind, this section will cover some of the areas in which these tours excel and some features they might lack. Read more »