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.


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