Tips for visiting
the Academia Gallery

Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting Accademia Gallery, Florence

Before entering the museum, you will be required to pass a security check with a metal detector. Sharp objects, including scissors, will not be allowed to enter the museum. Things that could potentially harm other visitors are forbidden for the safety of the other museum guests. Sharp objects like scissors are forbidden because they could possibly cause harm to the artwork. Be aware that there is no cloakroom at the Accademia Gallery.

Please make arrangements to leave your suitcases, backpacks, and helmets in a different, secure location. These bulky items will not be allowed into the museum, and the Accademia will not hold your belongings on your behalf while you visit the gallery.

You can rent an audio guide for €5 from the bookshop. The museum has two bookshops to find and purchase a souvenir before you leave. The Galleria dell’Accademia museum does not have a formal dress code. However, we recommend that you dress modestly in case you decide to visit a cathedral, such as the Duomo, after your museum visit. Churches in Italy adhere strictly to a modest dress code.

You will find multiple lines leading to the entrance doors outside the museum. Please carefully read the posted signs to determine which entrance line is yours. Some lines have a much longer wait time than others.

We encourage you to consider purchasing a Skip-the-Line ticket or signing up for a guided tour (with a Skip-the-Line ticket included) to bypass the long lines waiting outside. Visit the Galleria dell’Accademia’s official website to see if there are any special events or exhibitions on display when you plan to visit: Remember that there is only one official online ticket store, B-ticket, from which you can purchase general admittance tickets. Or, you can consider purchasing Skip-the-Line tickets in order to fast-track your entrance and, as the name implies, skip the long lines.

Opening Hours

Monday through Sunday (8:15 a.m. to 6:50 p.m.)
Mondays are closed

Be informed before you go

Recommend visiting the museum at the best time of day – either early in the morning or after 5 p.m.

The recommended duration is – 2 hours
Built-in – 1784
The starting price for a ticket to the Accademia Gallery is €25

The nearest bus stop is Piazza Di San Marco.
The following transit lines pass near Galleria dell’Accademia (Accademia Gallery): Bus: 14B, 17, 20, 23A, 6A, 6B
Visit our page on How to Get to Galleria dell’Accademia (Accademia Gallery) via Bus, Train or Light Rail for more information.

The Accademia Gallery’s must-see works

David – by Michelangelo
Slaves – by Michelangelo
Coronation of the Virgin – by Jacopo di Cione
The Rape of the Sabine Women – by Giambologna
Tree of Life – by Pacino di Buonaguida
Coronation of the virgin – by jacopo di cione


Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
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Map of the Academia Gallery

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For visitors hoping to gain a piece of in-depth knowledge about Florence’s artistic history and the cultural significance of the works inside, a guided Accademia Gallery tour is a great option! You can tour the entire museum with a professional, multi-lingual guide. Your guide is well-versed in the history and important influences of the artists and artworks housed in the Gallery, as well as interesting facts about the Accademia museum itself.

There are five works in the Accademia Gallery that are a must-see for art lovers  

David by Michelangelo

David by Michelangelo

This iconic Renaissance sculpture took nearly three years to complete. It is the museum’s most outstanding attraction and the crown jewel of Florence. Michelangelo’s David can be viewed in the Tribune of the Accademia Gallery, brightly lit by a halo of natural light from the specially-designed skylight above.

Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna

Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna

This prominent work of art displayed in the Hall of the Colossus is a plaster-cast model. It depicts three figures in great detail and dramatic flowing motions. It is important to note that the finished cast model was made from a single block of marble.

Coronation of the Virgin by Jacopo di Cione

Coronation of the Virgin by Jacopo di Cione

In a radiant golden light, this painting depicts the Virgin’s coronation, arguably the most impressive painting from the Accademia collection. The Magistrates of the Mint were the ones who commissioned this magnificent piece of art.

Slaves by Michelangelo

Slaves by Michelangelo

Leading the way to David’s Tribune are four nude male figures. These impressive sculptures originally had an equally remarkable purpose but were unfortunately abandoned and left unfinished due to financial constraints. Some claim that the statues were left unfinished on purpose, representing the great effort of the slaves trying to free themselves from the rigid confines of the marble block.

Tree of Life by Pacino di Buonaguida

Tree of Life by Pacino di Buonaguida

This Tree of life is yet another glorious example of art on display in the Accademia Gallery. The roots and base of the Tree depict the story of creation and the first sin according to the book of Genesis. The image of the crucifixion of Christ makes up the trunk and branches of the Tree. As foliage and ornamentation fall from the components of the Tree, there are scenes of essential stories from the Bible.

  What you need to know before you visit the Academia Gallery  

  • Skip-the-Line tickets allow you to bypass the long line for the general entrance. You will still be required to go through the security check line.
  • Your reserved time slot may be adjusted upon arrival, depending on the current crowd levels.
  • Tour guides are easily visible in their brightly-colored clothing. You will be able to recognize your specific guide amongst the crowd with ease.
  • With proof of ID, EU Citizens can purchase a general admittance ticket at a reduced price.
  • Hazardous objects are forbidden from entering the Accademia grounds. All consumables are also not allowed on the Gallery premises.
  • Double check if your ticket allows for cancellations. If you are unsure, contact your ticket provider.
  • Due to the sheer size of the museums, combo tickets that grant entrance into more than one museum may require a rushed visit to each museum to fit time constraints.
  • On self-guided tours, we recommend starting from the top floor and working your way back down to avoid massive crowds.