Academy Gallery: biblical heroes, sketches, and violins...

Academy Gallery: biblical heroes, sketches, and violins...

In the small, quiet area of San Marco is Michelangelo's 'David', wonderful plaster studies, and a gallery dedicated to musical instruments.

Even if you are not an art buff, you should visit the Galleria dell'Accademia, if only to rave over Michelangelo's statue of David. Carved from a block of Carrara marble, the 5.5 tonne Colossus, measuring 5.17 metres in height, and executed between 1501 and 1504, was commissioned to be a symbol of the nascent Florentine Republic.

Since 1873, Michelangelo's masterpiece has presided over the Galleria dei Prigioni, which includes a bronze bust by his pupil Daniele da Volterra and Michelangelo's Captives, the four statues he carved for the tomb of Pope Julius II in Rome, which was never completed. To the left of this gallery are sublime 19th-century plaster casts attributed to sculptor Lorenzo Bartolini. Another curiosity, which is not as frequented, is a tiny part of the museum devoted to musical instruments, with violins by Antonio Stradivari.

Galleria dell'Accademia
Via Ricasoli 58/60
50122 Firenze

+39 055 098 7100