Tour of Florence and Michelangelo’s David at the Academy Gallery

Discover Michelangelo's "David", the most famous Renaissance sculpture, on a tour dedicated to the wonders of Florence

If there is a statue that more than others represents Florence and its heroic spirit, proud, indomitable and always ready to defend freedom against tyranny, this is Michelangelo’s “David” in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, a work that is also an absolute masterpiece of art of all time.

On this guided tour of Florence with Michelangelo’s David you will discover who Michelangelo was, his Florentine training as a painter and sculptor under the protection of the Medici family and the incredible story of the “David”, a colossal marble statue more than 5 meters high and the weight of over 5 tons, which the artist roughed himself starting from a block of imperfect marble and already worked by others before him.

You will also visit the historic center of Florence and its main monuments.

Piazza della Repubblica and Palazzo Medici Riccardi

The tour starts from Piazza della Repubblica to learn about the Roman origins of Florence. You will then go with your guide to Palazzo Medici Riccardi to talk about Michelangelo and his relationship with the Medici.

Accademia Gallery

The visit of the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo’s David, the Prisons sculpted for the tomb of Pope Julius II and the Pietà di Palestrina will be the highlight of your tour.

Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Giovanni

In Piazza San Giovanni, admire the Baptistery with the copy of the bronze doors by Ghiberti, the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with Brunelleschi’s Dome, flanked by Giotto’s Bell Tower.

Orsanmichele and Piazza della Signoria

After a stop at Orsanmichele to admire its Gothic architecture and the statues commissioned by the Arts, you will move to Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of the city where the massive Palazzo della Signoria faces and a real open-air museum that houses famous sculptures among which the bronze Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini, the Rape of the Sabines by Giambologna, the Neptune in the center of the fountain by Giambologna.

Ponte Vecchio

The medieval bridge over the Arno, with its fascinating history and goldsmith shops will be the arrival point of the tour.

Tour Details

What you will see

  • Piazza della Repubblica, the ancient “forum” of the Roman city of Florentia
  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi, residence of the Medici frequented by Michelangelo (exterior)
  • Michelangelo’s David, the Prisons and the Pietà di Palestrina in the Accademia Gallery
  • Piazza del Duomo with the Cathedral and Giotto’s bell tower
  • Piazza San Giovanni with the Baptistery
  • Orsanmichele
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Old Bridge

Expert and Professional guide

History, Art and Architecture tour