In this itinerary you will see Michelangelo’s David considered a Renaissance icon and the most important and famous places in the city.
This gallery has a historical value as it has been home to one of the first and most prestigious schools for the art of sculpture; in addition to the David there are other things on display that recall prominent personalities in the artistic field in Florence.
However, the purpose of this visit is to watch and talk about the David: Here are also the Prisons prepared by Michelangelo in different times that were to be in Rome for the tomb of Pope Julius II. You will understand the artist’s enthusiasm, his creative strength but also his torment for the events of his era. We understand the technique of how he used chisel and hammer and looking and listening to the explanation will make it easy for you to imagine the artist at work.
At the back of the gallery, a beautifully structured space illuminates the David. The intense expression of courage and determination reflects the Faith in God and the intrinsic perfection of the human being. You will now learn how when and why this masterpiece was sculpted, the most famous of Western art. The fervent creative force of Michelangelo can be seen in his particular “unfinished” technique. It was originally located outside Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of republican liberties.
Passing in front of the Palace that was the first residence of the Medici, we arrive at Piazza Duomo, the religious center of the life of the Florentines with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Here you will admire the masterpiece of the architect Filippo Brunelleschi, which is the great dome that dominates the Cathedral at the apse point. A little further on, the Baptistery with the gilded doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti, known as the “Door of Paradise” for the technique but also the subjects of the panels.
In the path between the religious and the political center we will see some medieval buildings. In Piazza della Signoria, the political center of the city, we will see the Palazzo Vecchio, the Fountain of Neptune and the loggia where the honorific appointment of government representatives took place. Above are represented the allegories of the virtues and under the beautiful masterpieces in sculpture, Perseus of Benvenuto Cellini and other masterpieces of masters called to make “school” in the sixteenth century.
This tour is available in Italian, English, French and Spanish.
Monday the Museums and Galleries are closed
Duration of the tour: 2 hours
Admission: Accademia Gallery € 16.50 per person including the reservation
From March to October it is better to book entrance tickets to avoid long queues.
Costs can be seen within the museum there is an exhibition.