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Galleria dell'Accademia

Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence. Photo by Shyamla Eswaran, ũ Whatsonwhen

Daily; not Mon
Hours: Tue-Sun 8.15am-6.50pm
Cost: €6.50; concessions €3.25; EU under-18s & over-65s free
The Galleria dell'Accademia, near bustling Piazza San Marco square in central Florence, was the world's first school of art. It's now a fascinating gallery, home to one of the world's most famous sculptures - Michelangelo's stunning marble statue of David.
The colossal figure (standing at 4.34m/14 ft 3 in tall) is supposed to reflect the power and determination of Republican Florence. With this mystical figure Michelangelo proved to his contemporaries that he not only surpassed all modern artists, but also the Greeks and Romans, by infusing formal beauty with powerful expressiveness and meaning.

The permanent collection also includes pieces ranging from 13th-century paintings to antique musical instruments from the Medici and Lorenesi collections, and there are temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
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